Free and open-source PlayStation 2 emulator for macOS

PCSX2 for Mac

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PCSX2 for Mac

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  • Latest Version

    PCSX2 1.7.5708 LATEST

  • Review by

    Jack Taylor

  • Operating System

    Mac OS X

  • User Rating

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  • Author / Product

    PCSX2 Team / External Link

  • Filename

    pcsx2-v1.7.5708-macos-Qt.tar.xz

PCSX2 for Mac is a free and open-source PlayStation 2 (PS2) home console emulator that allows users to play a wide range of PS2 games on their Mac computers, rendered in real-time using Mac's onboard hardware. It offers high compatibility with various popular game titles and provides additional features and functionalities to enhance the gaming experience such as remappable controls, higher rendering resolutions, network play, and much more.

Originally unveiled to the public more than 20 years ago, this emulator today manages to emulate the exotic hardware structure of PlayStation 2 quickly and reliably, enabling thousands of gaming titles to run great on modern PC and Mac computers. According to the official compatibility list found on the app's official website, the app can easily run over 2600 titles, with just a single percent of the entire PS2 catalog being marked as not playable. All the games can be played straight from the original discs, or via ISO disk images loaded from the local storage.

This popular emulator is actively maintained and regularly updated to provide a smooth and enjoyable gaming experience, with the Mac version receiving new updates and game compatibility patches on a regular cadence.

Features
  • High compatibility with a wide range of PS2 games.
  • Customizable settings for resolution, anti-aliasing, and texture filtering.
  • Support for various controllers and input devices.
  • Saving and loading game states.
  • Network multiplayer support.
  • Optimized for use on Macs.
  • Developed in an open-source environment.
  • Free for use.
Installation and Setup

To get this app up and running on Mac computers, users will first have to decide which installer to download. The official version of the emulator is optimized for X86 (Intel and AMD) processor architecture and can be played via several Windows app emulators, but its large community has managed to optimize it for Apple Silicon Macs via the AetherSX2, a custom ARM port of PCSX2 emulator.

Users can simply download the official Mac installer and try to run it to see if it runs natively. If it is not, then they need to employ the use of Rosetta or Crossover compatibility layers or install an AetherSX2 app.

How to Use

After installing PCSX2 for macOS, users can launch the emulator and load their game files (either directly from a disc drive or locally via ISO or CSO disk container formats). The emulator offers various settings and options to customize the gaming experience, such as adjusting resolution, anti-aliasing, texture filtering, customizable controls, and more. And since all these PS2 games are quite old and dated, modern hardware usually has no issues rendering it with much higher framerate and resolution, dramatically boosting the gameplay experience compared to the original console hardware.

Users can also save and load game states, connect to network multiplayer games, and use various controllers and input devices.

For information about the official game compatibility list, users must visit the official website and search for their favorite titles.

User Interface

The app features a user-friendly interface that displays the game window, various settings options, and a menu for selecting game files and controlling the emulator. Even complete novices can quickly learn how to master the use of this emulator, including setting up custom controls, managing mods, and more.

FAQ

What is PCSX2?
It is a free and open-source PlayStation 2 emulator that allows users to play a wide range of PS2 games on their Mac computers.

Is it safe?
100% yes. This is a widely used and trusted emulator that is regularly updated. However, users should be aware that not all games are perfectly emulated, and that some titles may cause moments of freezing, stuttering, or even app crashing.

Alternatives

RPCS3 for Mac – A powerful PlayStation 3 emulator, providing users with the capability to play a wide range of PS3 games on their macOS platform, offering a seamless gaming experience

RetroArch for Mac – A highly popular cross-platform front-end for managing large libraries of emulators, emulated games, game engines, and media players.

OpenEmu – A Mac-friendly front-end for accessing the emulation of dozens of retro consoles.

Pricing

The app is 100% free.

System Requirements

Since PS2 games are more graphically intensive than older 2D retro titles, this emulator requires a bit stronger local hardware. The minimum system requirements are as follows:
  • OS: macOS 11.0
  • CPU: X86 CPU that supports SSE4.1 and has a PassMark single thread CPU performance rating equal to or greater than 1500
  • GPU: Modern video card with 2GB of Video Memory
  • A native ARM port suitable for Apple Silicon Macs is available via the “AetherSX2” port.
PROS
  • High compatibility with a popular library of PS2 games.
  • Customizable settings for resolution, anti-aliasing, and texture filtering.
  • Support for various controllers and input devices.
  • Saving and loading game states.
  • Network multiplayer support.
  • 100% Free!
CONS
  • Some rare game issues or bugs.
  • Not officially optimized for M1/M2 Macs.
Conclusion

PCSX2 is a popular and versatile PlayStation 2 emulator for Mac computers, offering a high compatibility rate with a wide range of game titles and providing additional features and functionalities to enhance the gaming experience. With over 20 years of experience in optimizing the running of PS2 software on Windows, Linux, and macOS, the open-source team behind this app provides the best experience of playing thousands of engaging retro 2D and 3D PS2 titles.

Also Available: Download PCSX2 for Windows

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