Undoubtedly, Sony is dominating the console market with its new PlayStation. But, we also cannot deny that PlayStation 2 or PS2 was the best gaming console ever released. You will be amazed to know that, now you can play PS2 Games on Android. And, since Windows now supports android apps, so you can even run PlayStation Games on Windows PC/Laptop. So, if you wish to play your favorite PS2 games again, then this article will help you with it.
Yes, there are plenty of high graphics games already available for Android including COD Mobile, BGMI(PUBG), Asphalt, and so on. But, still, some PS2 titles like GTA, God of War, Need for Speed, and Prince of Persia isn’t available for Android. But, now you can play all these PS2 Games using a PS2 Android Emulator. Android is capable to do so many things, you just need the right App. Like, you can use Android Phone as Speaker for a PC.
AetherSX2 – Best PlayStation 2 (PS2) Emulator for Android
PlayStation 2 emulation is not new in Android smartphones. Emulator like PPSSPP was already available on the Play Store. But, now AetherSX2 is the best app to play PlayStation 2 games on your Android smartphone for free. Although Emulator is currently in the early stage, it can handle all PS2 Games.
AetherSX2 does support all mediocre Android devices. But, to achieve good performance you need a high-end device with a processor equivalent to or higher to Snapdragon 845. This means, a processor with 4 large cores (Cortex-A75 level) with at least 500 or more single-core Geekbench 5. If you have only two big cores in your smartphone processor, then game performance will suffer.
Smartphones with Mali GPU or PowerVR GPU can run AetherSX2. But performance will not same as Adreno GPUs. Overall you need a high-performance Snapdragon chipset smartphone. Although, AetherSX2 gives you the option to optimize emulators for low-end devices. I was able to run the game on my OnePlus 5, which has a snapdragon 835 chipset.
Disclaimer: AetherSX2 PS2 Emulator is developed to play games that you own or have on the disc. You can use ImgBurn to create a .iSO file.
AetherSX2 Emulator Features.
It does support OpenGL, Vulkan, and Software rendering.
You can upscale games up to 1080p or beyond in supported devices.
Save state option is also available.
You can also use a Bluetooth Controller if you have any.
You can load PS2 Games from ISO/CHD/CSO.
Every PS2 game you will load will have its own settings.
AetherSX2 Complete Setup Guide to Play PS2 Games on Android
Follow all steps correctly to Play PlayStation 2(PS2) Games on Android.
PlayStation 2 BIOS File – Search for “PlayStation 2 bios internet archive” on Google. Open the first link and download Zip File. (Total BIOS Zip File is 31.2 MB)
Once Zip File gets downloaded, do extract it in a folder. In the Extracted folder you will see many bin files. We will use the USA version of the BIOS File.
Game ROM File in ISO Format– AetherSX2 is just an emulator it doesn’t come with pre-installed games. So, you have to need a PS2 Game ISO file to play the game. (There are many sites available to download PS2 Game ROM File.)