AetherSX2 PS2 emulator enters early access, is now available on the Play Store

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Quietly arriving on Android's Google Play Store today is the new AetherSX2 emulator. Promising solid performance emulating PlayStation 2 games on mobile, you can now test it out for yourself and see how well AetherSX2 runs on your phone. As with other PS2 emulators, you will need a copy of your PS2's BIOS in order to play games, and if you're looking to get decent results, you'll want to use a device with at least a Snapdragon 845. The app is currently in early access, meaning it may be buggy or unreliable during this testing phase.

FAQ: https://aethersx2.xyz/

AetherSX2 is a emulator of the PS Two console for the Android platform. You can play games which you have dumped from disc on your portable device.

A BIOS image **is required** to play games and is not optional. This image should be dumped from your own console, using a homebrew application.

You need a high end device to achieve good performance. We recommend at least a Snapdragon 845-equivalent device. This means 4 large cores (Cortex-A75 level, 500 or more single core Geekbench 5). If you only have two big cores (e.g. Snapdragon 700 series SoCs), you should not enable multi-threaded VU, and performance will suffer as a result.

Devices with Mali or PowerVR GPUs will run the app, but performance will be much lower than Adreno GPUs, and the Vulkan renderer will not be available. This is because they are missing a critical feature (dual-source blending).

Features:
- System simulation
- OpenGL, Vulkan and Software rendering
- Upscaling of games to 1080p and beyond
- Widescreen patches for games without native support
- Save states
- Touchscreen and bluetooth controller support
- Games can be loaded from iso/chd/cso disc images
- Per game settings

Disclaimers:
AetherSX2 should only be used to play games you own and have dumped from disc yourself. To dump your games, you can use a tool such as ImgBurn to create a .iso for the disc, and then copy across it to your device over USB.

This app is not affiliated in any way with Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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I could only get to 60% speed in Ratchet & Clank 3, and like 50% on the menus in Sly Cooper. Lowest settings. I stopped there but I did transfer over some other games.

I'm getting about 30-40fps playing resident evil outbreak on the lowest settings. Stuttering mess so far mind 😂
 

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One word for this: it's amazing...
Here My pics and status:
Klonoa 2 (usa): full speed
Looney tunes space race: full speed
Kingdom hearts 2: full speed
Dance summit 2001: almost speed (50%)
And surprise support ps1 games, so:
Here a demo disc of bust a move Japan (bust a groove in usa) it's works but not work on movie.
 

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Not sure if its just not well optimized for my device, but compared to an emulator that shall not be named, the games ive tried have actually performed worse?.... Fold 3 here. I have tried messing with a lot of settings and games just refuse to not run at half the speed with laggy af audio....
 

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Not sure if its just not well optimized for my device, but compared to an emulator that shall not be named, the games ive tried have actually performed worse?.... Fold 3 here. I have tried messing with a lot of settings and games just refuse to not run at half the speed with laggy af audio....
DamonPS2's stolen code is full of speed hacks, that's why games ran actually better there
 

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If anyone has tried Need For Speed Underground and FPS is bad I have a MI 11 SD888 if anyone has a good config please let me know thank you

Sent from my M2011K2G using Tapatalk
 

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well that explains why it runs better. Oh well time to sit on this emulator
You'd rather use an emulator that uses unreliable speed hacks, with stolen source code than an emulator that used legal means to be compiled? Lol okay. You just wasted money on a sham emulator.
 

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You'd rather use an emulator that uses unreliable speed hacks, with stolen source code than an emulator that used legal means to be compiled? Lol okay. You just wasted money on a sham emulator.
I mean to be fair it DOES work better rn. I'm also not sure this is the place to be arguing the morality of using stolen goods
 
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It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in terms of emulation. When the PS2 was first released it was a huge console (figuratively and literally). And look now, 20 years later you can play the games on your phone.

Amazing!
 

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OK this is gonna be a list... lol But so far mega impressed!!!

First up I tried Balders Gate II, a little glitchy at first then the FMV was perfect then got in game everything seemed fine then it crashed (going to try fiddling with it)

Second up was Outrun 2006, it was a little slow like 80% of the speed it should be but beat it first play so it actually helped me lol other than the speed and the sound was scratchy (matching the speed of the graphics I think?) it played flawless zero graphics or control issues.

3rd was Kings Field The Ancient City everything seemed to be good the speed was perfect and no graphics glitches so far.

4th up Tekken 4, just flawless speed and zero graphics glitches.

5th up was Katamari and also flawless the king of the cosmos was impressed!

6th was Twisted Metal Black, mixed bag playing as Sweet tooth everything seems fine until you go to transform it slows down during that time, also some slowdown when you have like 4 cars on screen shooting. Graphics seemed fine but maybe the particle effects seemed a bit off? Could be my phone lol

I tried some others but it's like after midnight and I am too tired to think lol

This was on a Galaxy Note 9 so I think it just barely meets the minimum specs but yeah for an Alpha this is bang on in my opinion and even if they never did another release I would just be finding the games that work best on it, since quite a few of the odd ones I tried seemed to work great.
 
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