How to Play PS2 Games on Chromebook

I always said to never underestimate the power of Chromebooks, and here is another reason not to. You can play play PlayStation 2 Games on your Chromebook. In order to do this, you will need to have Linux installed on your Chromebook.  We are going to use the popular PCSX2 emulator for Linux. So it’s also important that you have an Intel powered chromebook.

Now, one word of advice. You are going to need to be realistic about the games that you want to emulate. Emulating advance 3D games with work, but you are going to average about 10fps (like I did in Jack and Dexter). You should get better performance with 2D games. Also, if you’re using something fancy like the Chromebook pixel, you performance will obviously be leaps and bounds better over the acer C720 or other Chromebooks of the like. Okay enough talking, let’s get to play ps2 games on chromebook.

What You Will Need:

  • Intel Powered Chromebook
  • A Playstation 2 Game ISO
  • Playstation 2 Bios file

Step 1: Updating and Repository

Launch Ubuntu on your Chromebook if you haven’t already. Inside of Ubuntu, update the package list.

sudo apt-get update

Next we need to add the PCSX emulator to the repository. But before we can do that, we need to install the software properties. Type in the following:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

Now we need to update the OpenGL drivers. So type in:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oibaf/graphics

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now we can finally add the PCSX emulator to the repository. Type in:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gregory-hainaut/pcsx2.official.ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install pcsx2

Finally, to launch it, type in:

pcsx2

Step 2: Setting Up

When you launch the emulator,  it will first ask you for your language preference.

PCSX2 language

On the next screen, you will have your configuration options.  Go to graphics (GS) and make sure Gsdx is selected as the graphics option. Then go to configure.

PCSX2 configuration

Make sure the renderer is on OpenGL software. For the resolution, I usually check the box for the native resolution. Finally, in advance settings, force disable the separate shader. You can click okay to save the settings.

PCSX2 graphics PCSX2 graphics

Then go to the pad configuration and setup the keypad however you like.

PSCX2 Pad

Step 3: Bios

Now, before we go to the next screen, take your bios file and transfer it to /home/yourUserName/.config/pcsx2

PCSX2 bios

Now, go to the next screen and choose your bios.

Playstation Bios

Step 4: Playing

Finally, all you need to do is go to System, bootCD/DVD and choose your iso and it should boot!

Launch pcsx2

If you have any questions are comments, feel free to leave them below.