It’s been many years, but PS2 fans can finally rejoice as the best PS2 emulator just a new update. PCSX2 1.6.0 is out now. For the longest time, PCSX2 1.5.x has been the beta version of the game emulation tool, with 1.4.x being the stable release. It has been many years since 1.4.0 came out and the hardcore PS2 fanbase has been eagerly awaiting more updates.
PCSX2 1.6.0 is a pretty major update, and you should consider moving to the new release as soon as possible. The new version offers many improvements over both the stable release and previous betas. One of the biggest changes is that the new version of PCSX2 will include a bunch of accuracy improvements, via an updated version of GSdx, the software that allows for the emulator to handle graphical data. This includes a new Software Sprite Renderer version that improves texture loading and accuracy for sprites in games. And of course, there have been a bunch of bug fixes for both game emulation and the PCSX2 software that should help in other areas.
The game fixes database has been overhauled entirely, with fixes being added and removed by the developers to account for changes in emulation. The Automatic Gamefixes function should be a lot better now. Furthermore, it adds dedicated fixes for Big Mutha Truckers and Sonic Unleashed. Additionally, True Crime: Streets of L.A. is now playable.
So if you’re a diehard PS2 fan, this may be the best news you’ve had all week.
Word to the wise, be sure to back up your save files and configurations from older versions of the emulator before running the config tool for the new version, as it will overwrite old data if you just go with the defaults.