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Free Software PS2 Emulator PCSX2 Hits 1.0 202

An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from on the release of PCSX2, a GPLed emulator for the PS2: "PCSX2 is a free PS2 emulator for the PC that has been in development since the year 2000 and managed to reach version 1.0 last week. As an emulator it's an impressive piece of work, boasting compatibility with over 73 percent of games, which is some 1,697 titles. It can offer up graphics beyond what the original hardware was capable of, achieving resolutions up to 4096 x 4096 with anti-aliasing and texture filtering. You can save games, record video as you play, use a range of controllers, and even adjust game speed if you so wish. Of course, you'll need a fast machine to run PS2 games at a decent speed, but the spec is still reasonable. It's recommended you have at least a Core 2 Duo running at 3.2GHz, or a Core i5 at 2.66GHz+. As for graphics cards, a GeForce 9600GT or Radeon HD 4750 is desirable." Grab it while it's hot (official binaries and source). Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be packaged for any GNU/Linux distros (Debian has packages of the predecessor to PCSX2, PCSX: Reloaded which, naturally, emulated the Playstation).
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Free Software PS2 Emulator PCSX2 Hits 1.0

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 06, 2012 @07:00PM (#40900109)

    Fix it yourself then, bum. Don't whine if you aren't submitting patches. The developers don't owe you shit as they are giving this to you for free.

  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Monday August 06, 2012 @07:22PM (#40900277) Journal

    As time goes on and as subsequent generations of consoles become more complicated in both their hardware and embedded operating systems, emulating them will become increasingly difficult. I don't know how long it can last.

    I think it's already happened. There's not a decent Xbox emulator yet, and it's based on pretty typical x86 hardware.

  • by Megane ( 129182 ) on Monday August 06, 2012 @07:57PM (#40900531) Homepage

    For one thing, good luck keeping that DVD drive working. Yeah, I know, WinHIIP, etc. But mostly it's a fiddling mess of hardware for which the only real advantage is that a PS2 with a 500 GB hard drive and FreeMCBoot is a lot more portable than a desktop PC. But that desktop PC is going to hook up to a modern TV set a lot more easily, too.

    I just got tired of keeping a PS2 running.

    And then there's save states. Very nice when you're playing RPGs.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 06, 2012 @08:05PM (#40900585)

    Whining is bad, but what is wrong with informing other people about the limitations of the software, before they waste time on trying to use it?

  • by X0563511 ( 793323 ) on Monday August 06, 2012 @08:40PM (#40900851) Homepage Journal

    Check your sound sync settings. You've got it slaved to the GPU or CPU. While that keeps things perfectly timed, it really eats performance as you know.

  • by LordLimecat ( 1103839 ) on Monday August 06, 2012 @10:31PM (#40901483)

    He wasnt whining, he was posting what looked to be very constructive criticism.

    Or is the new FOSS thing that you are simply not allowed anything other than worship of any project you have not contributed to? Perhaps we should all pretend that Thunderbird is the best mail client ever made, since the majority of us have never contributed it it?

    Honestly, with no bugs (complaints!) opened by the users, Im not sure how these projects would improve, but who am I to comment.

  • by flimflammer ( 956759 ) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @12:15AM (#40901993)

    And this right there is a prime example why the whole free software movement will never truly catch on to mainstream adoption in the desktop and why proprietary is still king there. Anytime there is a shortcoming or problem with the program, the first response is almost always defensive and/or demeaning to the user. That this actually was modded up compounds the point even further.

    How dare those users criticize anything about my baby. They're getting it for free; what gives them the right!? They can just fix it themselves if they care so much!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @01:03AM (#40902269)


  • by oji-sama ( 1151023 ) on Tuesday August 07, 2012 @10:30AM (#40905147)

    I think in 2012 pointing out they don't support building in a 64bit environment is a fair complaint.

    Well yes... But there's a difference between

    "It's also a 32-bit only app and they don't even support building it in 64-bit distros (even though it'd only take a few buildsystem fixes to actually make it build in 32-bit mode fine, much like Wine)"


    "It's a 32-bit only app and and building it in 64-bit distros is not currently supported. However it will only take a few buildsystem fixes to actually make it build in 32-bit mode fine, much like Wine"

    You know, the source is available, and if the OP is correct in stating that fixing it is easy (and knows how to do it), he could and should fix it...

I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.