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PCSX2 v1.0 Finally available

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It has been twelve years since the PlayStation 2 was realesed, but now it has finally got a real emulator, PCSX2. The first version was created back in 2002, but had a lot of problems with many games. This version (v1.0) is the first that can run almost every game. It has been confirmed that hundreds of games are perfectly playable, and several even have full functionality. Below is a video of the PCSX2 team playing Dark Chronicle in 1080p on PCSX2 v1.0.

If you are not familiar with PCSX team, they create open source emulators for PlayStation consoles, both PlayStation 1 and 2. You can get latest version of emulator here: Windows (8.53MB) and Linux (4MB).  The Mac release is currently at version 0.9.7 Alpha. Since the main problem for PS2 emulation has always been The console's multi-processor and how it handles memory and task scheduling, it is recommended that you run the emulator on x64 systems.

Here are the core changes in version v1.0 for Windows:

•    Video timing adjustments.
•    microVU fixes for Metal Gear Solid 2 and others.
•    General speedups.
•    microVU speedup.
•    New GIF unit that mimics the real one better.
•    microVU elementary function bug fixed (affecting Valkyrie Profile 2, Radiata Stories and Star Ocean 3).
•    Implemented Multi-Threaded VU! A new speed hack with almost 100% compatibility with games, using a third core to run the VU1 unit separately.
•    CDVD fixes (Time Crisis boots now).
•    Added support for progressive scan timings.
•    Path 3 arbitration and timing refinements.
•    Added Finnish, Malaysian, Korean, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Polish translations.

And Here are the OnePad changes in version 1.0 for Linux:
•    New dialog configuration panel.
•    Improved support of various pad (sixaxis)/mouse/wiimote.
•    Added support for more controllers.
•    Added support for pressure-sensitive buttons.

If you're gonna try this emulator be sure to check the Compatibility list, which features around 2,300 games,  and 1,697 (73,81%) of those are marked playable, which means you can play entire game without any glitches, bugs or chrashes.

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