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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Metal Gear 3 Substance runs decent, but does have random crashing issues. Some slow downs during lots of action on screen. I can't get Vulkan to work at all on my S21+. It just crashes when launching any game.

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Works fine for me using a Samsung galaxy s20 fe with snapdragon
 

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Metal Gear 3 Substance runs decent, but does have random crashing issues. Some slow downs during lots of action on screen. I can't get Vulkan to work at all on my S21+. It just crashes when launching any game.

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Snapdragon or Exynos? If Exynos that's your down fall and if you plan on any Emulation stay well away from Exynos

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Can anyone confirm that if it works on any Amazon tablets? Did not want to install Google Play but if works I may...
 

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Metal Gear 3 Substance runs decent, but does have random crashing issues. Some slow downs during lots of action on screen. I can't get Vulkan to work at all on my S21+. It just crashes when launching any game.

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oh damn and that's with a Snapdragon 888 D:
 

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Snapdragon or Exynos? If Exynos that's your down fall and if you plan on any Emulation stay well away from Exynos

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You shouldn't generalize like that. A high-end Exynos phone is still pretty good for emulation up to Dreamcast and PSP, and I've heard Dolphin runs great thanks to the Vulkan drivers lmao
 

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You shouldn't generalize like that. A high-end Exynos phone is still pretty good for emulation up to Dreamcast and PSP, and I've heard Dolphin runs great thanks to the Vulkan drivers lmao
I'm not trying to generalize as you say and I know you say capable but it really isn't in comparison to Snapdragon Processors and I know this as I've had every Samsung galaxy device starting from S2 up to S10+ although skipped S9&S6 but other than that had them all and there highest counterparts + as labled etc ...
And when I had a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and S10+ at same time in honesty and S10+ was newer and struggled with emulating PS1 games at same resolution etc... As the OnePlus also another issue is Samsung and Throttling your game may run 60fps but it will throttle after mins of gameplay seen it happen also in non Emulation games and seen games not allow a higher graphics quality

Also even though S21+ has higher CPU cores to what SD888 has the Snapdragon still out performs it due to drivers and optimization

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Wow I'm impressed so far! Good time to have a Galaxy fold 3,.. With a Gamesir x2,.. Only had my fold 3 for 2 weeks and this pops out... So far I have put 34 games on my SD card.. And all of them work great except Gran Turismo 4.. Some tracks it's fine others it's choppy but still I'm sure with a ton of updates this will work perfectly... Oh well good bye play! & Damon get go f*ck itself side ways...
I never thought they would get ps2 running on mobile phones....
Xbox 360 next?
 
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I'm not trying to generalize as you say and I know you say capable but it really isn't in comparison to Snapdragon Processors and I know this as I've had every Samsung galaxy device starting from S2 up to S10+ although skipped S9&S6 but other than that had them all and there highest counterparts + as labled etc ...
And when I had a OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and S10+ at same time in honesty and S10+ was newer and struggled with emulating PS1 games at same resolution etc... As the OnePlus also another issue is Samsung and Throttling your game may run 60fps but it will throttle after mins of gameplay seen it happen also in non Emulation games and seen games not allow a higher graphics quality

Also even though S21+ has higher CPU cores to what SD888 has the Snapdragon still out performs it due to drivers and optimization

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I always put my phone on plane mode when using an emulator, I hate wasting battery for that
 
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Guys, you have to understand that the emulator is still in alpha and needs to be improved, if it reaches the levels of PPSSPP or other console emulators on smartphones, there is only to wait and be patient.
 
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