PCSX2 PlayStation 2 emulator adds Vulkan renderer in latest build

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After months of demand, PCSX2 has gotten itself a Vulkan renderer. The PlayStation 2 emulator primarily used OpenGL in the past, but the addition of this new renderer allows for a performance boost in some notoriously difficult-to-emulate games. It's currently available through the latest dev build--v1.7.2212--of the emulator, available to download here. This feature comes courtesy of Stenzek, known for their own emulator, Duckstation.

 

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this is great news for people with an xbox series S|X. the ps2 emulation wasn't great at all due to having to use angular for to add compatibility for the opengl backend from what i understand. once ported there could be a significant boost to PS2 emulation on SS/SX consoles.
 
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PS2 game ports were poor compared to Xbox, but playing it enhanced on PC, PS3, PS4, and someday on PS5 surely makes it hella nice.

I used to avoid PS2 ports, now it's what I want. 😋
 

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PS2 game ports were poor compared to Xbox, but playing it enhanced on PC, PS3, PS4, and someday on PS5 surely makes it hella nice.

I used to avoid PS2 ports, now it's what I want. 😋
Still I wish that someday we have a xbox emulator with this level of polish. Third party games are almost always better on xbox.
 

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Decent improvements on my setup. I can now get a locked 60 at 4k on Gran tursimo 4 which was a system killer beforehand. Also, I now get a lock in shadow of the colossus and also the original jak and daxter. Nice speed improvements.
 
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I am now able to do one Surfboard level in Klonoa 2 without lag. Before I had to turn down the graphical settings for the level because it would lag. Now it doesn't have any stuttering on max settings.
 
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I tested it and it works fantastic on speed side but I saw some graphics glitches on time splitter 2, this is normal because its new though.

Great job PCSX2 team and the other guy!
 
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