The PlayStation 2 was the most successful console during it’s time. With its processing power and elegance, it was unmatched by any other other console, even the XBOX. Who’d ever think that you can use a Playstation 2 emulator for Android phones?
According to IGN.com, PlayStation 2 was and still is the bestselling gaming console in history with over a whopping 159 million units sold. It’s crazy.
For those who fell in love with the console, especially with its games, reminiscing about the good old days is a treat, and it’s even tastier if we can play those games again right? 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 isn’t the case.
Here’s a piece of good news: PS2 Emulators for Android exists! In fact, there are emulators for old consoles that you can use on your Android phones.
And the best part is? The mobility. Playing your favorite games waiting for the bus, watching those old Final Fantasy 10 cinematics on the backseat of your car, and making us relive moments that even the PSP couldn’t achieve.
Now 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 for Android are, then let’s dig into the list!
Note: These PS2 emulators are still unstable, they will have bugs and errors that will affect your experience. So don’t be so hard on the app! It’s a miracle that we even have people developing PS2 emulators for Android phones!
Best PS2 Emulator for Android (Google Play Store)
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 are worth checking out on the Google Play store.
This app deserves to be on top of the list. Despite being the only emulator on the list that has a price tag, DamonPS2 Pro is highly regarded in the market as the fastest and the best-performing PS2 emulator today.
Why is it so? The app works, although mainly if used on gaming phones built to provide users with the optimum gaming experience. It uses less power while running on games at a higher frame rate (an indicator of a game’s playability.)
While some games play well on the DamonPS2 Pro with almost the same experience you had on the PS2, other games might not give you a pleasant experience, especially if you don’t have a phone with specs capable of handling the app.
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 emulator can also be downloaded from Google Play with the same performance, although it has limited graphics options and does not allow you to save on a memory card.
Check out the app on the Play Store!
The FPse is not an emulator for PS2 games but rather an emulator for the PSX or PS1. This app is just a bonus app for those of you who are dying to play PlayStation games again on Android.
FPse is not a free app. 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 and playability, albeit an annoying controller interface. You’ll have an excellent gaming experience on this app reliving your childhood with games such as Tekken 3, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Final Fantasy VII, and Metal Gear Solid.
I used this app for a few years, and I can assure you that this simulates the feelings I had playing the Playstation 1. The only drawback with this app is the fact that the controller interface is on the screen itself, although that is easily fixable.
Best PS2 Emulator for Android (Other Sources)
Other than the ones on the Play Store, here are 2 of the best PS2 Emulator App for Android that you can download from other sources.
Play! is a free PS2 emulator. Even though it is not available on Google Play, you can directly download it from its website. Take note that the file is a third-party app. Download at your own risk!
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 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 become distorted at times, and loading times may last for an eternity.
On the bright side, the emulator is easy to configure. It does not require any BIOS (the file that is necessary for most emulators to get the game running.) Play! is still under development, and some flaws can improve 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’s not updated. As a result, it crashes, glitches, and bugs are inevitable, and will interfere with the quality of your gaming experience.
Likewise, this app is also not available on Google Play but is available on other websites. The link is available below. Again, be careful when downloading from untrusted sources as it can harbor malicious software along with the app file.
Out of the 2 listed in here, we recommend checking out PPSS2 Golden. The 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 and the PS2 BIOS file. You can easily obtain the ISO file of a specific game by searching for it 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 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. 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?
Frame rates indicate the performance of the emulator while running a certain game. The common indicator for the game’s playability is the frame rate or what is displayed as “FPS” or frames per second. The normal rate is for a PS2 game is around 30. On Android phones a 0-20 fps means the game is hardly playable, twenty-one to 29 fps means the game is just bearable, and 30 fps and above will give you almost the same experience as playing on the console.
Do PSX games work with PS2 emulators?
No, PS2 emulators only emulate PS2 games. In order for you to play PSX games on Android, you have to download the emulator specifically for PSX games such as FPse.
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To Wrap Things Up
Emulators for the 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 3 PS2 emulators 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. In the future, these apps can potentially give you a truly satisfying PS2 gaming experience on your Android phone that you’ve been crying out for all this time.
If you want emulators other than those 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 of other PS2 emulators that aren’t shared above? We’ll be glad if you can share them in the comments section below!