How To Play Playstation [PS2] Games On Android

Sony PlayStation 2 was a sixth generation video game console that was developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was the successor to the Sony PlayStation [PS1/PSX] gaming console. PS2 was so popular that it reigned the gaming world for 13 years and have received game releases even with the seventh generation gaming consoles. The best selling game of PS2 till date is GTA San Andreas which sold over 17.33 million copies. PS2 was a major upgrade over its predecessor. Since it featured the ability to upgrade its storage with a hard drive. It also supported USB ports and the gaming media was DVD instead of CD-ROM. One of the best things about PS2 is that it fully supports PS1/PSX games. So if you have original PS1 game discs then you can run them on your PS2. Hence PS2 is backward compatible with PS1.


Sony discontinued the PS2 in 2013 and it is not available in retail now. So if you don't have a PlayStation 2 console and still want to play PS2 games then your smartphone can help you. Now it is possible to play PS2 games on your android smartphone with the "Play Emulator". I previously wrote about playing PS1 games on android, read tutorial that became a hot topic on the internet. Now I want to do the same for PlayStation 2.

Downloads Required

  • Play Emulator APK: Download
  • PlayStation 2 ISO: Download from emuparadise

How To Play Playstation [PS2] Games On Android

  • Download and install the Play app, PS2 emulator for android.
  • Download any PlayStation 2 ISO.
  • Copy the ISO file to this directory on your android smartphone "Internal storage>Play data files".
  • Open the emulator app and tap the menu icon on top left corner and tap "Unsorted" to list all games. See this image below.

ps2 games on android
  • Tap any game to start playing.
  • Since this emulator is in developing phase so there are no specific settings to make.
  • The emulation will be very slow on low end phones. We recommend to play only if you have a high end phone like Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 7, Nexus 6P or Nvidia Shield tablet.
metal slug anthology ps2 android

Note: If you don't see any image cover on your games then long tap the game ISO in emulator and tap "EDIT". Scroll down and tap "DEFAULT" to bring back the game cover art.

Note: Currently this PS2 android emulator works only on android 5.1 Lollipop or above. This emulator also doesn't work on low end android phones as the emulation will be very slow. You should wait until developers give frame skipping feature in this app.

Note: There are many PS2 games that are available for Sony PSP. These games are a direct port of PS2 games on Sony PSP. In Play PS2 emulator most games won't work and just show a black screen. This happens because of low end hardware of the phone. So, if your PS2 games are not working on your android phone then download the same game as PSP iso. Suppose if you are playing GTA Sanandreas then download its PSP iso and run in PPSSPP emulator for android. Read PPSSPP tutorial.

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70 comments:

  1. Play emulator work in android 4.4??

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    1. No. It requires android 5.1 Lollipop and above.

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  2. will work. Ea cricket ps2 games!

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    1. Yes it will work if its a PS2 ROM and your phone's hardware is capable of handling the emulation.

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    2. You can get the ISO or ELF files from the PlayStation 2 discs. Or you can download the PS2 rom files from Google. You can copy the ISO files to this location on your phone "Internal storage>Play data files".

      The games will auto appear after placing the game files in the above directory.

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  3. Wwe smackdown vs raw is not working in play....why ? Any 1 tell me
    When i enter into the game it shows only black screen

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  4. If Wwe SVR 2011 is working can any 1 tell how

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    1. It only works on high end android phones and tablets like Nvidia Tegra.

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  5. Please I need help with my pay! Pas2 game not working on my Infinix x510 Android phone what can I do to make it work tell me

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    1. Your phone's hardware is not good enough to run the Play! PS2 emulator. Play PS2 works only on high end mobile phones. This app is currently under testing and developments. So the developers will be optimizing this emulator to work on low end android phones. However you can check these following emulators.

      1. PS2 on Windows 7: http://www.pcnexus.net/2014/07/how-to-play-playstationps2-games-on-windows-7.html

      2. PS1 android emulator: http://www.pcnexus.net/2015/05/epsxe-android-play-sony-ps1-games-on-android.html

      3. Nintendo NES android emulator: http://www.pcnexus.net/2013/01/how-to-play-nes-games-on-android.html

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  6. I cant play on moto g 4 plus
    Specifications---1.5 GHz MSM8952 Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 617 octa- core processor with 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU , 3GB RAM

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    1. It works only on high end android smartphones. Your G4 Plus is not able to play PS2 games via emulator.

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  7. This software is fake. If not tell the full required hardware & software specifications. I have letest Android phone with letest android & with letest hardware even if the said your device not compatible for this s/w i think any phone not compatible for this software. Ihave moto g 4 with 3 gb ram

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    1. This app is not fake. I have tested Metal Slug anthology on this emulator. But the emulation is so slow that the game is not even playable. Tested on Moto X play. This emulator may work on Galaxy S7 and it definitely works on Nvidia Shield tablet. You better enjoy PS1 games on your moto g4.

      http://www.pcnexus.net/2015/05/epsxe-android-play-sony-ps1-games-on-android.html

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    2. The G4 wasn't even a high end phone in 2016, in fact it is a low end budget phone. Don't go around telling everyone that it is fake if you're phone is obviously way to budget to properly handle it.

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  8. Guys help
    I cant find the game, I have done everything you said and i still cant find the game , please help ASAP

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    1. the game should be a valid PS2 ISO or an ELF file. Other files or formats are not supported. If you are using a zip archive then first unpack it then copy to the directory that I mentioned above. If you are using android 6.0 then grant storage permission to PS2 emulator app.

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  9. How do I get the files can.i get them off of ps2 discs

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    1. Yes you can get the game files from the PS2 discs.

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    1. Copy the .elf files to your android device and load them into the PS2 emulator for android. Check the article above for help.

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  11. Godhand is not working it show's only blank page and nothing starts

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    1. Yes it happens with most games. All games are not compatible and the Play emulator doesn't have a working support for ARMv7 android phones. This emulator lags heavily on ARMv7 android phones. Works great on Nvidia Tegra or high end devices like Galaxy S7.

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  12. Can this work for xiaomi redmi note 3 pro snapdragon 650 with 3GB RAM ?

    because i try star wars :battlefront is only blackscreen . Thanks

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    1. Yes most games will work. The PS2 android emulator is still under development. It will support faster emulation soon on many low end devices.

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  13. I just downloaded god of war from emuparadise and tried it on my galaxy s6. It has been frozen in the first screen since then. Do you have any suggestions for me please?

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    1. Yes, if the game is not working then download the same game as PSP iso and run that game in PPSSPP android emulator.
      http://www.pcnexus.net/2015/10/how-to-play-psp-games-on-android-with-ppsspp-emulator.html

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  14. I have download digimon world data squad, and i open play!, The game run but it very slow to play, my phone is xiaomi redmi 4 prime , snapdragon, Ram 3 GB.. Thanks

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    1. Try the PSP version of digimon world data squad. Use PPSSPP emulator. You will need a PSP iso of this game to work on your android phone using the PPSSPP emulator.

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  15. hi i try this on moto g4+ its not working its showing black screen

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    1. It will not work on Moto G4 Plus. It is a low end phone.

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  16. does it eorks on my lava x38 1gb ram and 8 gb rom quadcore processor

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  17. Pls tell me...i have ONE PLUS 3T.specs=6gb ram, Snapdragon 821,2.35ghz,adreno 530...i want to play ea cricket 2007..any solution to play this game on this phone..

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  18. Will it work on vodafone tab2 3g vfd 100. . Android 6.0

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    1. This emulator is currently under active development so it may or may not work on your tab. Most of the times the game loads but nothing appear except black screen. The Play! PS2 emulator is not yet fully usable on android devices. Improvements are going on though.

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  19. I already have a game but its black, i wait 5 min. Its already black

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    1. The PS2 emulator for android is still under active development so all devices are not supported at this time. Meanwhile you can play other emulator games on your phone including the games from legendary PS1. Check all the tutorials at the link below.

      http://www.pcnexus.net/p/retro-games-on-android.html

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  20. "PS2 was a major upgrade over its predecessor. Since it featured the ability to upgrade its storage with a hard drive."

    PS2 didnt' have storage you idiot. games ran off the disc...... the only game that used a hard drive and came WITH one was Final Fantasy 11... but only fat PS2's had space for one.

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    1. That info is according to the PS2 Wikipedia page. Did I anywhere say that the games can be installed and played off the HDD, No. Read the article carefully. It is true that the PS2 30000 and 50000 models supported a 40 GB HDD to reduce load times. Have a good day.

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  21. Not work ps2 play app my android Sony c. M please help me

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    1. The PS2 emulator for android is still under active development so all devices are not supported at this time. Meanwhile you can play other emulator games on your phone including the games from legendary PS1. Check all the tutorials at the link below.

      http://www.pcnexus.net/p/retro-games-on-android.html

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  22. When is the developed version of Play! is coming?

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    1. It is not coming any soon. According to the author of this emulator, it will take him few more years to develop a faster and more stable version of this emulator. We can only wait till it gets more faster. Full info can be found at.

      http://purei.org/about.php

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  23. Install will not work. Can press cancel but can press install. Need help

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  24. will this work on Sony Xperia Z4 tablet and if so is there a working and supported version of PES6?

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    1. Yes, but the game may not be playable because of very low frame rate.

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    1. Your phone doesn't require root access to run PS2 emulator.

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  26. Can't we copy the file in my sd card

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    1. At present, Play PS2 emulator doesn't support sd cards.

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  27. Can I play god hand on my MI note 4 mobile?

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    1. You may either see a black screen or the game will run very slow which can't be played at all.

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  28. I copied the game in the internal storage and in play data files, and it stillnwon't shoe up on my app. I have a galaxy s8, so my phone's not the problem. Help?

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    1. You have to unzip the game file extract it then copy to the mentioned folder it will run then

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    2. Place the game files in this directory on your phone "Internal storage>Play data files".

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  29. Game started I press OK then it showed black screen what to do now??

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    1. Not all games are supported at present. Most games only show a black screen.

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  30. Can hitman 3 or 4 work on ps2 on my lg g4

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    1. I can't say that it will work because the PS2 android emulator is still fully working like other emulators (ePSXe, PPSSPP). Some games work and some only show a black screen. It is going through active development phase so we can't say that every game will work on it. You can try running your favorite game on your android phone.

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  31. My sony Xperia z1 compact D5503)god hand not working
    2.2 GHz processor
    Android 5.1
    2GB RAM
    16 GB ROM
    Open play 2 black screen
    Plz plz help me......

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    1. All games are not supported at present.

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  32. I'm running a tab with a 1.6 GHz quad core processor but if I rooted my tab and boosted the processing speed do you think the Play! emulator would work?

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    1. Overclocking an android CPU is not an easy task. You have to apply the right tutorial for it. And I am not sure after overclocking how the play emulator will behave. It might get a boost but can't say whether it will work smoothly or not.

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