Any good PS1/PS2 emulators for Windows 10

What it says on the tin. My PS2 is acting up, after 17 years, is starting to have some issiues. It dosn't matter if I order a new controler, it either lags or does its own thing.

So since I do have a few armored core and ff games I still like to play on there, as well as Legend of Dragoon, what are my options? I have the games in questions, and will be trying to do this on my next computer. THoughts?

PCSX2 is pretty much the only PS2 emulator, just make sure you download whatever the latest 1.5 dev build is, and not the 'stable' 1.4.

Sweet, thanks guys

For PS1 you have several good options. In descending order of flexibility (but arguably ascending order of ease of use):

PCSX-R:
Plugin-based open source emu. Good compatibility, decent accuracy. Requires the right plugins and setup to get running, but does allow stuff like resolution upscaling and some other graphical options/hacks, making it quite flexible. Has several branches that offer additional functionality like PGXP for even more flexibility.

ePSXe:
A plugin-based emu like PCSX-R, but closed source. One of the oldest PS1 emus still in development. Similar compatability and accuracy. Offers mostly the same functionality, but its closed source nature means make it slighly less flexible and a little behind compared to PCSX-R. Still a reliable choice tho.

Mednafen:
Lacks a GUI (tho front-ends like Mednaffe are available), but is very accurate and compatible, maybe even more so than Sony's own PS1 emu solution. Probably the closest you can get to playing on real hardware. Also its downside, since it offers no options for upscaling or tweaking.

Beetle PSX:
Basically the same as Mednafen, but as an emulator core for Retroarch, a multi system front-end that allows you to easily install, manage and run a whole bunch of emus from a single executable.

In short, Retroarch (Beetle PSX) if you want to get started quickly and easily. Mednafen if you want the most accurate experience. PCSX-R or ePSXe if you want the flexibility to tinker.

As for PS2, as already mentioned in this thread, there is only one real option:

PCSX2:
Plugin-based open source emu. Accuracy is only moderate, so expect minor audiovisual glitches. Still, it runs pretty much every PS2 game from start to finish. Plugins require some setup and fiddling, but when you know what you're doing, you can run games at high resolutions with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. Basically a free HD remaster.

Also, PCSX2 actually has PS1 backwards compatibility, like a real PS2. Still better to use a proper PS1 emu tho.

I remember a time when just mentioning Emulating games got you a warning

Silentpony:
I remember a time when just mentioning Emulating games got you a warning

yeah same. surprised this thread is still open.

He already owns the console and games in question. He's earned the right to back-up his failing hardware.

Squilookle:
He already owns the console and games in question. He's earned the right to back-up his failing hardware.

someone bought a movie ticket and saw the movie.

Why does that give them the right to download the movie instead of just buying the blu ray?

Yoshi178:
someone bought a movie ticket and saw the movie.

Why does that give them the right to download the movie instead of just buying the blu ray?

You have a VHS tape from 10 years ago, but you discover your VCR no longer works. Instead of buying a new one, you go to your local library, borrow the A/V room for 15 minutes, and then convert your tape to digital, and then burn it on a blu ray disk.

Sounds reasonable to me.

As long as OP dumps his PS2 BIOS, everything he does is legal.

Yoshi178:

Squilookle:
He already owns the console and games in question. He's earned the right to back-up his failing hardware.

someone bought a movie ticket and saw the movie.

Why does that give them the right to download the movie instead of just buying the blu ray?

Because a cinema movie ticket is a one-use transaction. A game is for perpetual re-use.

Silentpony:
I remember a time when just mentioning Emulating games got you a warning

I remember people being banned over it.

How time flies.

Squilookle:
He already owns the console and games in question. He's earned the right to back-up his failing hardware.

Yup, making copies of your own games and bios for backup purposes is allowed by US and afaik most European countries law.

And luckily the PS2 is disc-based, so ripping your games is quite easy. Dumping your PS2 bios is a little harder, but doesn't need special equipment, only things that are readily available, and there are many good online guides on how to do it.

Yeah, exactly

Yoshi178:

Squilookle:
He already owns the console and games in question. He's earned the right to back-up his failing hardware.

someone bought a movie ticket and saw the movie.

Why does that give them the right to download the movie instead of just buying the blu ray?

Why would you be against a person playing the games they own on different hardware if the original hardware is breaking down?

Oh yeah, your "daddy" is against that practice, I forgot, sorry.

saint of m:
What it says on the tin. My PS2 is acting up, after 17 years, is starting to have some issiues. It dosn't matter if I order a new controler, it either lags or does its own thing.

So since I do have a few armored core and ff games I still like to play on there, as well as Legend of Dragoon, what are my options? I have the games in questions, and will be trying to do this on my next computer. THoughts?

Too bad that your PS2 is breaking down, because there are some neat ways to modify the console.
For example, depending on the model you'd be able to jerry-rig an SD card into it to play your games.

You'd probably get better graphical settings by just running them on PC though.

bluegate:
You'd probably get better graphical settings by just running them on PC though.

You certainly can, provided you have a PC with a proper GPU and a CPU with good single core performance. Though in practice that basically means any halfway decent gaming PC from the last 5+ years.

Also, some fiddling with graphics plugin settings, since these games were never intended to run at HD resolutions, tho there are some "good enough" middle-ground setups that'll work for 95% of games with minimal visual glitches.

The other thing is there are limitations on what gets ripped and onto what hardware. I honestly doubt that I could do Legend of Dragoon on the PS5 that's coming up, and even if I did I'd have to buy it...again. See also Gun Griffon Blaze and Psy-ops. I might be wrong, but neither one was a media darling so I have my doubts.

Some would make less sense other than I still have them. FFX I think is on the computer now.

Edit: As for the model of PS2: Fatboy I had since a couple months before Christmas around the time I was 16. First major expensive purches I made that wasn't a week at scout camp at that time, and the family's first DVD player.

A little bit off topic, but I'd like to point out the PS2 was released in Japan on March 4th, so it's now 20 years old.

It was the first system I ever owned NEW.
;_;

 

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