It’s not a secret that…
PlayStation 2 or PS2 is one of the most successful gaming consoles in the world.
In fact, according to IGN.com, PlayStation 2 was and still is the most sold gaming console in history with over a whopping 159 million units sold.
Due to its popularity, there have been over 1 billion PS2 games made over its reign. This game console surely created an impact over millions, if not, billions of childhood lives of kids around the world.
How cool was that?!
For those who fell in love with the console, especially with its games, we sure would want to reminisce about our good old days. And if possible, play them all over again.
Obviously, if you are lucky enough to own a fully-functional PS2 game console, it wouldn’t be so hard for you. But for most of us that doesn’t seem to be the case…
Here’s a piece of good news:
PS2 Emulators for Android exists!
No more wondering if you can play those PS2 games again because you surely can!
Wanna know the best part? You can bring it everywhere!
If you wish to learn more about emulators, you can read our Android Emulator guide. It contains everything you need to know about various emulator apps for Android as well as Android emulators for different computer platforms.
But if you’re excited to know what the best PS2 Emulators are, then, let’s dig into the list!
Best PS2 Emulator for Android (Google Play Store)
Luckily, emulators are made. An emulator allows you to run one external system inside a host system that you are using, such as running PlayStation games on your Android phone. And here, we are going to give you 2 of the best PS2 emulators for Android that is worth checking on the Google Play store.
The list may not be in order, but this app still deserves to be on top of the list. Despite the only emulator on the list that has a price tag, DamonPS2 Pro is highly regarded in the market as the fastest and high-performing PS2 emulator today.
Why is it so? The app is highly effective especially if it is used on gaming phones that are built to provide users optimum gaming experience. It uses less power while running the game at a higher frame rate (an indicator of a game’s playability).
While most games can be played on DamonPS2 Pro like they are being played on a PS2, others might not give you a pleasant experience. The application’s developer admits that it cannot emulate 100% of the PS2 catalog. You may experience some glitches, especially on high-resolution games.
A free version of the game can also be downloaded from Google Play with the same performance. Although, it only has limited graphics options and does not allow you to save on a memory card.
FPse is not an emulator for PS2 games but rather an emulator for PSX or PS1. This app is as just a bonus app for those of you who are dying to play PlayStation games again on Android.
FPse is not a free app, though. You can buy it on Google Play for $3. It has low system requirements—runs on Android 2.1 and above and has only a file size of 6.9 MB.
The games run smoothly on FPse with excellent sound quality. You can have an awesome gaming experience on this app reliving your childhood with games such as Tekken 3, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Final Fantasy VII, and Metal Gear Solid.
Our of these 2 apps, we highly recommend DamonPS2 Pro. It supports more games and is smoother than the latter.
Best PS2 Emulator for Android (Other Sources)
Other than the Google Play store, here are 2 of the best PS2 Emulator App for Android that you can download from other sources.
Play! is one of those free PS2 emulators you can find on the internet. Even though it is not available on Google Play, you can directly download it from its website. Be wary though because it may not be a secure website; the files you get there may contain malicious software. However, I have added the link below for you to check out.
Play! also supports Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS. The app may sound appealing because it’s free, however, as with everything else free, Play! comes with several shortcomings.
The games being emulated on Play!, especially games with high resolution such as Final Fantasy X and Resident Evil 4, are barely playable. The frame rate stunts at around 10-15 fps (frames per second), which gives the game a garbled and laggy quality. The sound effects are also distorted and loading times may last for eternity.
On a brighter side, the emulator is easy to configure. It does not require any BIOS, or the file the is required on most emulators to get the game running. Play! is still under development though, so some flaws can still be improved on future versions of the app.
Out of the numerous downloadable PS2 emulators on the internet, this one seems to manage to creep into this list. Although it did not earn much praise over the web compared to the ones mentioned above, PPSS2 Golden has its fair share of commendable qualities in terms of convenience.
The emulator is easy to install and does not require BIOS files to function, unlike other emulators. It has low system requirements and is compatible with Android 4.4 and above.
It supports cheat codes and can save and load games directly into your SD cards. While the app naturally runs on ISO file formats, it can run games in formats such as ZIP, RAR, or 7Z as well.
The downside of this app is that it has not been updated. As a result, crashes, glitches, and bugs are inevitable that may interfere with the quality of your gaming experience.
Likewise, this app is also not available on Google Play but can be downloaded on other websites. The link is available below and again, be careful when downloading from untrusted sources as you may harbor malicious software along with the app file.
Our of the 2 listed in here, we recommend checking out PPSS2 Golden. This app is easy to use and install.
Questions People Ask
How to play PS2 games with PS2 Emulator for Android?
Generally, PS2 games will not run unless you have the ISO file. You can easily obtain the ISO file of a specific game by searching for on Google. Be sure to turn the “Unknown sources” tab on in your phone’s settings. This will allow the installation of applications from unknown sources. After downloading the game, you must copy and paste the ISO file to the emulator’s folder. For some emulators such as DamonPS2 Pro, they may require a PS2 BIOS to start the app. You can download this file as well on Google and copy and paste it into the application’s folder. Once you have the BIOS, you can now click on the game you want to play (you navigate this process inside the app). The game will then ask for the PS2 BIOS. You select the BIOS file and go back to tapping the game once again. This will let you through to the game this time and all you have to do now is to wait for the app to load.
What is the normal frame rate for PS2 games?
In-game you will see a set of data that is displayed at the upper-left side of your screen. This indicates the performance of the emulator while running a certain game. The common indicator for the game’s playability or quality is the frame rate or what is displayed as “FPS” or frames per second. You may wonder what the normal rate is for a PS2 game. Well, a 0-20 fps means the game is hardly playable; the screen keeps lagging and the game takes forever to load. Twenty-one to 49 fps means the game is just bearable. Ideally, the game should play on your Android at 50-60 fps.
Do PSX games work with PS2 emulators?
The answer is a straight “No.” PS2 emulators only emulate PS2 games. In order for you to play PSX games on Android, you may have to download the emulator specifically for PSX games such as FPse.
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To Wrap Things Up
Emulators for PlayStation games are still under development. As of now, no app can fully replicate the gaming experience given by the actual consoles especially on PAL games or games with higher resolution.
Out of the 4 on the list, DamonPS2 Pro is the best emulator so far. It works on most PS2 games with fewer issues compared to Play! and PPSS2 Golden.
However, all of these apps are still under development so they may, in the future, give you a truly satisfying PS2 gaming experience on your Android phone that you have been crying out for.
If you want emulators other than for PS2 and PSX consoles, you might want to check out our post for the best emulators on Nintendo DS, Sega, and Gameboy Color.
Do you know other high-performing PS2 emulators that are not shared above? We’d be glad if you can share them in the comments section below.