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PCSX2

PCSX2 is an open-source, plugin-based PlayStation 2 emulator. Its purpose is to mimic the PS2 hardware using a combination of MIPS CPU interpreters, recompilers and a virtual machine which manages hardware states and PS2 system memory. In 2016, preliminary work was started on PS1 support[1].

Download[edit]

The stable builds for Mac and Linux are severely outdated, less so for Windows. Either way, it's still recommended to use the dev builds, unless the latest one is actually broken (which it usually isn't).

System requirements[edit]

Minimum[edit]

Recommended[edit]

These are recommended specs for using PCSX2[2], but depending on the game you want to play, your mileage may vary. Some games need high-end, possibly overclocked CPUs or powerful GPUs, whereas some games run even on weak processors.

For those with DualShock 3 controllers, use SCP Driver Package.

Setup[edit]

Gamepad[edit]

Get God Hand running on a laptop

Native DS3 controls with LilyPad-SCP - Import this with the 'Load Bindings' button in LilyPad's config.

Either that, or you can use the Pokopom XInput Plugin. If you use a DualShock controller running under a XInput wrapper such as SCP Server, then this plugin is a no-brainer. It's very customizable, and you don't have to configure it beforehand. All of the buttons are bound at startup.

Also, you can easily (and quite effortlessly) set up and use a DualShock 4 pad if you connect it wirelessly via an official PlayStation DualShock 4 Bluetooth USB dongle PC adapter from Sony. A generic bluetooth adapter (integrated or external) should work too with combination ryochan7/DS4Windows or via steam as a wrapper for wired or wireless.

Video[edit]

Most of the video options should be straightforward, with the possible exception of interlacing modes. Many games will run fine with 'None', while others may experience artifacting or jitter.

  • "Sawtooth" is not recommended at all. Artifacting is far too heavy to be usable.
  • "Bob" has reduced artifacts, but jitter can still occur.
  • "Blend" has the least amount of jitter. However, it can cause blurriness. The Blend interlacer does frame-blending. This is also known as motion blur. This means that if there is heavy jitter, the video output will be extremely blurry since the two jittering frames will blend together. Only use this interlacing method as a last resort.

Another method to get around this is by running GSdx in hardware rendering, doubling the vertical resolution (if a game displays 640x480 on the emulator window, set vertical res to 960) and selecting bob-tff for interlacing. This can eliminate interlacing artifacts in most cases, although issues with upscaling, as well as using hardware emulation over software, can arise.

Overview[edit]

Code for 64-bit support for all major PC versions of PCSX2 including Windows, Linux and macOS was in development from June 07, 2020; and both 32-bit & 64-bit builds for all three desktop PC systems started being available on July 04, 2020.[3] Eventually, this has the potential to reduce the so-called 'technical debt' (Consisting of hacks built in for some games) that still cause issues in 32-bit builds; and broaden the emulator's support for more platforms and devices such as support for ARM64 chips (Also for Mac too).

PCSX2 is a plugin-based emulator in name only. All plugins are developed in tandem with the emulator in the same source tree. With the exception of some specialized input plugins discussed below, there has not been a reason to add additional plugins such as the older ZeroGS/ZeroSPU2 for many years. Similar to current versions of Dolphin, the PCSX2 developers intend to eventually have all the plugins statically linked/"baked-in". To facilitate this, PSX emulator support was dropped from LilyPad and GSdx (does not affect playing PSX games in PCSX2). Currently, all plugins except the graphics plugin (GSdx) have been integrated into the core.

Issues[edit]

Main article: [PCSX2 General Troubleshooting FAQ]

Automatic game fixes[edit]

Whenever you encounter any kind of bug that isn't graphical in nature, objects going through other objects, untargetable objects that should be targetable or A.I. freezing, for example, make sure that the automatic game fixes option from the system menu is activated.

Major graphical glitches[edit]

Whenever a game has graphical problems such as garbage texture, missing effects, light sources visible through a wall, burn-in or transparent objects being opaque, the easiest fix is generally to switch to software mode either by pressing F9 in-game or via the configuration panel of the GSdx plugin. If using the DX11 renderer another option is to try the OGL one which is generally more up to date and more accurate. If you're using stable version of the emulator, try using the most recent development build. Newer development builds of the emulator have fixes in the hardware rendering which may remove graphical errors such as red or green bars appearing on the screen. The newest development build can be found at https://pcsx2.net/download/development/dev-windows.html, click the download link of the revision closest to the top of the page.

Poor performance in software mode[edit]

Many games will require you to switch to software mode to fix various issues, albeit at the cost of a significant performance loss. However, an easily overlooked setting in the graphical plugin configuration panel, extra rendering threads, might help lessen the performance loss if you have a quad-core or higher CPU. It is recommended to set it to the number of cores in your CPU minus one if you aren't using the MTVU speed-hack, or minus two if you are (ex: if you are using a quad core CPU you should set this number to 3 without MTVU and 2 with MTVU). The process described above is partially automated in recent development versions of PCSX2 but you might still need to tweak it to get optimal performance levels

Multi-threaded microVU[edit]

Multi-threaded microVU (MTVU), while generally a very useful speed-hack, might sometime cause minor problems like hanging and absence of performance gain or more severe ones like massive performance hits, save-states corruption (PCSX2 keeps a backup you can load with Shift+F3 in case any issues arise) and crashes to desktop.

Crashes[edit]

Crashes could be the results of several things. Switching between hardware and software rendering rapidly is likely to cause the emulator to lock up. This can be easily avoided by waiting a few seconds after switching between hardware and software rendering before switching again. If your GPU drivers also crash simultaneously (or you get massive graphical corruption on your desktop and/or a BSOD while trying to run a game) this means you're either using outdated drivers or you're trying to use an AMD card with the OGL renderer and Blending Accuracy set to none, in which case either set it to basic or higher or use the DX11 renderer instead. If the log warns you about TLB miss you are either:

  • Using a bad dump of a game, in which case you'll need to re-rip your disc or re-download the game you are trying to play.
  • Playing the game directly from your DVD drive, in which case you should rip the game and play using the .iso instead (it's not advised to play directly from your DVD drive).
  • Trying to play a game that isn't supported by the emulator, in which case you cannot do anything except trying another version of the game (PAL or NTSC-J for example).
  • Trying to play a game with a massive or in some cases any EE overclock applied, in which case turn it back down the speedhack menu.
  • You need to check the Wiki to see if the game requires any specific settings regarding the Clamping Mode of the EE/VU.
  • Cheats used in the game's .pnach file are invalid.

If PCSX2 still crashes after doing all of the above, check that you aren't using any speed-hacks and that your system is stable and not overheating especially if you are overclocking.

Extreme fluctuation emulation speed[edit]

The large fluctuation in emulation generally are caused by the games themselves and cannot be avoided but there is a handful of cases where this is caused by specific configuration issues

  • Using large internal resolution multiplier on a lower end GPU, even if the game runs mostly fine some effect can cause the emulator to suddenly have to do a lot of very heavy operation on the VRAM, lower GPU tend to have much lower VRAM bandwidth and will get absolutely crushed by what PCSX2 tries to do, especially true when using Large framebuffer and even more so when using the OGL renderer, obviously the only real fix is turning the resolution down and disabling Large Framebuffer if possible
  • Playing the game directly from the original DVD using a disc drive, in which case you should rip the game and play using the .iso instead
  • Having the Blending accuracy set too high in the OGL renderer (Full and Ultra mostly)
  • Using EE overclock in some games

Intermittent warped audio[edit]

Due to how the synchronizing function of the audio plugin works, even when running games on a computer that is capable of going way above 100% speed in a stable fashion, random bits of time-stretched audio can be heard occasionally or even frequently, there are however a few ways to work around that issue.

  • Set the audio syncing method to Async Mix (can cause A/V sync issue, not recommended with rhythm games), do not set it to None as it basically does the same thing as Async Mix but has more issues
  • Unlock the PCSX2 framerate limiter and use an external one such as MSI Afterburner

Blurry[edit]

It's either interlacing or a filter in the game itself. For the former, switching the de-interlacing mode with F5 may help, and may cause flicker or screen shaking. For the latter, hacks are required. Either Aggressive-CRC if the game is listed there, or skipdraw (toy with the number, 1-100) might work otherwise.

Black lines[edit]

Black lines are caused by scaling to a non-integer internal resolution (anything other than Yx Native), texture filtering (Try anything that isn't bilinear (Forced), improperly offset textures (TC Offset, Wild Arms Offset hacks, Half-Pixel Offset), or improperly handled texture edges (Merge Sprite hack, Sprite/Round Sprite combobox). Native resolution, for the most part, fixes these issues, however, software rendering may be required as well.

Special hardware[edit]

Pressure-sensitive buttons[edit]

The DualShock 2 joypad bundled with the PS2 has all buttons and sticks with variable pressure states.

While most PS2 games don't require this feature, instead preferring variable trigger/stick pressure (e.g. sneaking past the sleeping dog in Chulip), a select few do. Some examples include:

  • All three attack buttons in the Bouncer do different attacks based on whether the press was light, medium or strong. Same goes for the musical game Mad Maestro.
  • Star Ocean 3 has a musical item that plays different melodies depending on pressure and they're required for progressing.

Games requiring variable trigger pressure need physical controllers with analog sticks, but rare are third-party controllers which support variable pressure buttons. To know if your controller supports it, open the LilyPad plugin settings by going to the PCSX2 menu and selecting "Config", "Controllers (PAD)", and "Plugin Settings". At the LilyPad plugin popup, select your gamepad from the list of detected controllers in the "Device Diagnostics" box in the lower left then click the "Test Device" button.

A small popup window will appear, showing a list of all the gamepad's buttons as well as their current state. 0.000 = indicates unpressed, 1.000 = indicates fully depressed. Roll either analog stick around. See how the values change from 0.000 to 0.xyz, with the .xyz values shifting incrementally. These changing .xyz values show how the plugin detects different changes in angle as you move the analog stick around.

Now press any of the buttons normally used by games, i.e. the triangle/square/cross/circle buttons. See how the values immediately shift from 0.000 = unpressed, directly to 1.000 = pressed. If your gamepad truly has pressure sensitive buttons you will see gradual 0.xyz changes as you slowly press each button, just like the different changes in angle as you move the analog sticks around. If the buttons change from 0.000 directly to 1.000 this proves that your gamepad buttons are not pressure sensitive and are merely tracking the pressed/unpressed state.

The solution would be to either buy an official DualShock 3 controller and use an appropriate 3rd party driver such as SCP Driver Package, or mapping the button to a rarely used trigger/stick in LilyPad this way:

An additional button needs to be mapped to circle as well but configured to deliver "light" pressure. This is done by opening the gamepad plugin configuration and choosing a rarely used key - for example, the lower shoulder button L2 - and remapping it to the circle button, and setting the sensitivity to 0.500 or thereabouts. In the game, merely use the remapped [email protected] button to deliver "light" tap/hold tunes while the regular circle button can be used normally to deliver "hard" tap/hold tunes.

Lightgun support[edit]

Lightgun support is available in the pcxs2 emulator via a third party plugin called nuvee. His allows you to use and mouse or mouse compatible device (such as a lightgun) to play the large ps2 library of lightgun games[4].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sours: https://emulation.gametechwiki.com/index.php/PCSX2

PCSX2

Operating System

Windows, Linux, macOS

PCSX2is an open-source, plugin-based PlayStation 2 emulator for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Its purpose is to mimic the PS2 hardware using a combination MIPS CPU interpreters, recompilersand a virtual machinewhich manages hardware states and PS2 system memory.

Hotkeys

  • F1: Save state
  • F2: Change slots
  • F3: Load state
  • F4: Turn On/Off Framelimiter
  • F5: Switch deinterlacing modes
  • F6: Switch Aspect Ratios
  • F7: Switch TV Shaders
  • F8: Take screenshot
  • F9: Switch between Hardware and Software mode
  • F10: Enable/disable logging
  • F12: Video Recording
  • Tab: Turbo Mode
  • Shift+Tab: Slow Mode
  • Esc: Pause emulation and return to GUI
  • Insert(Software mode): Turn/Off mipmapping
  • Delete(Software mode): Turn On/Off Edge Anti-Aliasing
  • Home: Turn/Off external FX Shader
  • Page Up: Turn/Off FXAA

Setup

Gamepad

Native DS3 controls with Lilypad-SCP - Import this with the 'Load Bindings' button in Lilypad's config.

Either that, or you can use the Pokopom XInput Plugin. If you use a DualShock controller running under an XInput wrapper such as SCP Server, then this plugin is a no-brainer. It's very customizable, and you don't have to configure it beforehand. All of the buttons are bound at startup.

Video Setup

Now, most of the video options are very straight-forward. However, there is one that probably bears explaining: The interlacing modes. Now, many games can run fine without interlacing modes. You can just select "None" and everything will be fine. However, some games will have a "jitter" effect if you don't have interlacing modes enabled. The "Sawtooth" interlacing method is not recommended at all. Artifacting is far too heavy to be usable. The "Bob" interlacing method has the least artifacts out of all of them, but it can still let some jittering pass through. The "Blend" interlacing method has the least amount of jitter. However, that comes with a pretty hefty side-effect: blurriness. Yes, the Blend interlacer does frame-blending. This is also known, more colloquially, as motion blur. This means that if there is heavy jitter, the video output will be extremely blurry since the two jittering frames will blend together. Only use this interlacing method as a last resort.

Issues

Blurry

It's either interlacing or a filter in the game itself. For the former, switching the de-interlacing mode with F5 may help, and may cause flicker or screen shaking. For the latter, hacks are required. Either Aggressive-CRC if the game is listed there, or skipdraw (toy with the number, 1-100) might work otherwise.

Black lines

Those lines are caused by scaling to a non-integer internal resolution (anything other than XxNative), texture filtering (if it cause issues try to set it to half at most or check it off), improperly offset textures(TC offset hack, Wild Arms hack), or improperly handled texture edges(Sprite hack). Native resolution for the most part fixes those. But software rendering may be required for particularly buggy games.

Guides and Info

Sours: https://emulation.fandom.com/wiki/PCSX2
  1. Former miss winston cups
  2. Lock jewelry box
  3. Shot show 2016 beretta
  4. Ace hardware cable management
  5. Free photos of vegetables
3D Vision feature for PCSX2, the PlayStation 2 emulator (DX11 hardware renderer). It uses a manual shader stereoization method without using physical shader files, for better future compatibility.
At this moment the fix has 170 individual ini files that you can enable (only one at a time) to fix 181 games.

UPDATE (2021-05-07): big update with 181 manually fixed games (some better than others), compared to the 30 something incomplete profiles from the previous version. I have also balanced the convergence scaling of those games, so normal gameplay is fine without having to change convergence.


Warning number 1:this isn't as "plug and play" as PC games fixes. It will need user involvement depending on how much you want a perfect experience, because it's impossible to have all games fixed at the same time.


Installation

- Recommended (not compatible with Windows 7): until flip mode is implemented into PCSX2, I recommend using this specific build. It was an automatic build that came from this pull request. This doesn't need Special K or any weird tricks to trigger 3D Vision. Make sure you're filling the screen in 16:9 or fit to window. Don't play in PCSX2's 4:3 mode.

- As a harder to get working alternative, get a recent PCSX2 build, equal or newer than the build mentioned before. Download links are here.

- Download the fix here and unzip its contents in your PCSX2 folder.

- For PCSX2 to be able to see the "d3d11.dll" of the fix on Windows 8.1 or higher, you need to apply this patch for the moment (also included in the fix file). If the bat file doesn't work, using the "sdbinst d3d11_fix.sdb" in CMD with admin rights may work.


- Configure the graphics plugin (GSdx) to use the DX11 hardware renderer.

- If you have Windows 7, chances are that PCSX2 won't trigger 3D Vision. If that's the case, unzip this there too and follow the old instructions to boot games.


- Open "d3dx.ini" and go to line 43, where it says "List of game fixes.". Uncomment the line for the game you want to play. Don't uncomment more than one at the same time. If you want to create your own overrides, create a new ".ini" file in the "GameFixes" folder and load it the same way as the existing files. You can change profiles mid game. Press F10 to reload the changes made to the ini files.


Booting games
Nothing special is needed now if you use the "pcsx2-v1.7.0-dev-130-gaebbf6a63-8019-vs2019-Win32-AppVeyor" build I posted in the installation instructions, or if you have 391.35 drivers (Nvidia 1000 series or older). Just make sure you're using DX11 hardware mode and double click the window if you didn't configure PCSX2 to boot games in fullscreen directly. It will automatically use your full resolution and trigger 3D. Switching to other renderers won't crash the emulator anymore. They just won't be 3D.


If you notice strange frame drops to 40fps, try disabling vsync in the drivers. If you want vsync, let the driver decide and enable it in the emulator, so you can still use F4 to unlock the fps limiter.


If you use drivers newer than 391.35 and you're not using that specific PCSX2 build, need Special K. At the time of writing this post, I have tried a few options:

Option 1 (recommended and easiest):using this specific Special K versionas it is (dxgi.dll and dxgi.ini).
- Unzip that file in your PCSX2 folder.
- Run a game and press alt+enter as soon as you can until it triggers 3D. If your default PCSX2 option is opening games in fullscreen, then press it twice. If not, once should be enough.

Alt+tabbing out of the game can be safe, but not pressing scape to minimize the window. It will make it crash.

The depth hunting OSD works fine with this method.


Option 2:using the 10.1version.
- Copy the "SpecialK32.dll" to your PCSX2 folder and rename it to "dxgi.dll".
- Run a game in fullscreen mode. Make sure it's configured like this before:


In case this image is lost, the important setting is having "Default to fullscreen mode on open" checked.
- Important: don't load a savestate yet or do anything that can trigger the PCSX2 logging OSD. It could prevent the next steps from working.
- After you see the Special K initial OSD at the top, press ctrl+shift+tab to open the Special K menu.
- Select "Display", go to the selector that says "Windowed Mode" and choose "Fullscreen Mode".



- That should trigger 3D. At this point, don't alt+tab. Don't press escape to minimize the game. Don't press alt+enter. Anything that can get the game out of focus will make you unable to go back. You will have to close and open PCSX2 again. At least the depth hunting OSD will work correctly.


Old instructions, not needed anymore:

This needs a special procedure. After installing all the needed files, if you try to open the GSdx configuration, the emulator will crash. Follow these steps:

- Open the emulator.
- Choose a game (choosing the ISO from the recent list, or searching one manually...) and boot it.
- After graphics of the game start to appear, or at any moment after that, open the GSdx configuration (you can press escape to close the game or just open the configuration directly), change settings if you want, and then close it. It doesn't matter if you apply changes or not. This action will unlock esclusive fullscreen, needed for the next steps.
- Double click on the game window so it's resized to borderless fullscreen.
- Press alt+enter, and the game should trigger exclusive fullscreen and 3D Vision.
- If it doesn't work at first try, double click again until it's borderless fullscreen and try pressing alt+ enter again.


GSdx configuration requirements and recommendations


1- Interlacing: games that shake when the option is set at "None" will most likely be perfect with the "Bob tff" option, and in some rare cases, "Bob bff". I recommend checking this PCSX2 thread to completely disable interlacing in some games.


2- Enable HW Hacks: some games need some of these to render right, especially "Align Sprite" (some Namco games like Soul Calibur 3 or Tekken 5), and "Half-pixel Offset", to have some bloom effects at their correct position. Things not related to 3D.

Warning: use 16:9 or stretched aspect ratio in the emulator. If you use 4:3 while your desktop resolution is 16:9, the emulator won't trigger 3D Vision.


Use of regex toggles
Note:with the list of fixed games by me, you won't need this. You can ignore this section unless you want to play games outside of that list.
This fix was done without using physical shader files, for better future compatibility. Instead, it uses a real time "find and replace" function for exactly three shaders that control all geometry in all games.

The problem is that some effects of those shaders need to not be stereoized, like the HUD or some double stereoized effects (sometimes bloom, blur filters, shadows...). The regex function tries to not stereoize things that have a depth value of 0 or 1, and in some games it works (most of the HUD of the Kingdom Hearts games).

The first and most simple solution, which may be partial or fix some things and break others but it's useful many times, is using three hotkeysI offer to disable stereoization in each of the three shaders that control geometry. They are "j", "k" and "l", and I'll refer to them as "regex 1", "regex 2" and "regex 3". And that's also their order of importance, as you'll almost never have to disable the first one. A lot of times a mix of regex 3 and regex 2 will fix HUD issues, but regex 2 is usually related to other effects.


Use of shader overrides. Warning number 3: for advanced users and perfectionists
Sometimes, or usually, disabling some of the regex isn't enough to make a game perfect or almost perfect, because you will be disabling more things than needed. Or maybe the HUD is related to regex 1. In these cases, you need to tell the regex to not stereoize a specific pixel shader. This is where things get more complicated, for these reasons:

1-Future PCSX2 (specifically GSdx) builds may change the hash of the generated shaders, rendering all game specific fixes useless. Still, games don't usually need a lot of these. Most of the affected games need between 1 and 3 in my experience.
2-Fixing something in one game can break something else in another game, or even in the same game in some cases. So fixing all games at the same time is impossible. Even with a small library of 30 something games I found a little more than 10 conflicts between games.

Now about how to do a shader override. The fix includes working examples for games I own, inside the "GameFixes" folder.

Those are the three vertex shaders I stereoize with regexes, and their default values for stereoization. "x3" for regex 1, "y3" for regex 2, and "z3" for regex 3. "w3" is an extra option about the fix I made for the skybox in the Ratchet & Clank saga (it forces the skybox to max depth without breaking other things in those games).

The values after "Hash=" may change with future GSdx versions, but I will be able to recognize them and update the fix.

In the ".ini" files inside "GameFixes" there are shader overrides with comments saying what they fix (sometimes). They contain the hash of the pixel shader, and the value they pass to their parent vertex shader. If you write for example "z3=1", it means that regex 3 won't stereoize that specific pixel shader. If it's "y3=0", it means it will stereoize it, the same as not writing the shader override at all. Useful if you want to enable/disable game fixes break effects in other games.

New: setting them to "=1" now assumes that they are HUD shaders, so they'll be affected by the HUD hotkeys. Set them to "=2" to not stereoize them but not making them count as HUD.


How to get the pixel shader hashes? Search the "hunting=0" line and change it to "hunting=2".

Warning number 4:this will make games less stable when switching out of fullscreen, and VRAM usage will be higher.

After that, run the emulator and play the game you want. Press "0" in the numpad and you will see a green overlay. Numpad keys 1 and 2 will cycle through the available pixel shaders, disabling the current one. Numpad key 3 will dump the shader inside the "ShaderFixes" folder. Get the hash (filename part before "-ps_replace.txt"), open the "ShaderUsage.txt" file that will appear in the emulator folder and search that hash. Example of a random pixel shader:

<PixelShader hash="07ee058e5bed1e6b">
  <ParentVertexShaders>6d64bfd710f98b05 </ParentVertexShaders>

The pixel shader "07ee058e5bed1e6b" is related to vertex shader "6d64bfd710f98b05". If you look a few paragraphs above in this post, you will see that it's regex 1. If you want to not stereoize that effect, write this in the appropriate ".ini" game file (you can create new empty files and then include them in "d3dx.ini" like the existing examples), below other shader overrides if there are any:

[ShaderOverride_TotallyUniqueNameOrElseError]
Hash=07ee058e5bed1e6b
x3=1

Then you can go back ingame without closing it, make the game 3D with the explained method, and press F10. Changes should be applied instantly (it will also reset the state of all hotkeys).

When you are done, close the game and set "hunting" to 0 again. And you can delete your dumped shaders that are inside "ShaderFixes".


OSD and depth hunting (advanced users mostly)
You can enable an OSD that shows information about the current value of hotkeys and other useful information. By default this is disabled, because you could use the depth hunting hotkeys accidentally. With this, you can do a much better kind of fixes than shader overrides. They should be universal for past and future PCSX2 versions.

Uncomment the ";include = ShaderFixes\help.ini" line, in line 19.

When you are ingame, press "c" and the OSD will appear near the bottom left corner. This screenshot shows the default state:


Warning: all the following hotkeys can be used even if the OSD is turned off with its hotkey. Be careful of using them accidentally.

Most fixable game effects and HUD that are broken in 3D usually have a specific depth value assigned to them. Under "Depth hunting Regex0", you will see the navigation speed multiplier, "greater or equal than" value and "lower than" value. Depth values between them will become 2D

To select which regex you want to affect, use the "x" and "z" keys. Then it will say "Depth hunting Regex1" and so on.

Use the left and right arrow keysto modify the ">=" value.
Use the up and down arrow keys to modify the "<" value.
Use the ctrlkey to change the amount each of the previous case navigate. By default, one press equals +1 or -1. The highest multiplier is x100000.
Hold the shift key and then hold the arrow keys to navigate the depth values a lot faster.

If you press "a", the "Value to save" will be saved in the first free (non 0) variable it will find.
If you press "q", the current depth range will be saved in two variables if they are free (non 0).

A message will appear in the bottom left corner when you press them.

After saving at least one value, if you press F10, the "d3dx_user.ini" will appear in the emulator folder. Inside you will see a "[Constants]" section. Variables go:

- From "$a0" to "$a39": 40 possible depth values that won't be stereoized for Regex 1.
- From "$ar1" to "$ar8": 4 possible depth range pairs that won't be stereoized for Regex 1. The first one in a pair is ">=", and the second is "<".
- From "$b0" to "$b39": 40 possible depth values that won't be stereoized for Regex 2.
- From "$br1" to "$br8": 4 possible depth range pairs that won't be stereoized for Regex 2. The first one in a pair is ">=", and the second is "<".
- From "$c0" to "$c39": 40 possible depth values that won't be stereoized for Regex 3.
- From "$cr1" to "$cr8": 4 possible depth range pairs that won't be stereoized for Regex 3. The first one in a pair is ">=", and the second is "<".

Further F10 presses will keep adding new values you save into free variables.

Pressing ctrl+alt+F10will delete this file so you can start over saving values.

Now to do a game fix with these values, you need to create a ".ini" for the game in the "GameFixes" folder. Make a copy of "template.ini" with the name of the game and include it in "d3dx.ini" as you see in the existing examples (like "include = GameFixes\Dark_Cloud_2.ini").

In your new game ini file you will see variables corresponding for each regex (40 values and 4 pairs of ranges for each one). The comments in the text let you know what they're for intuitively.

Copy the depth values from "d3dx_user.ini" in the corresponding variables (the order doesn't matter as long as you are in the correct regex), save the changes to the file, and press F10 ingame if the emulator is running. The fixes should take place immediately.

Of course, you can skip the usage of "d3dx_user.ini" to write the values in the game ini directly, if you remember them or alt+tab a few times, because you will see the numbers onscreen.


Hotkeys
You will probably need at least some of these hotkeys (which you can configure in "d3dx.ini") when playing. Hotkeys with more than one preset use "shift" as a modifier to cycle backwards.

- v: it changes the dominant eye of the stereoscopic cameras. By default, both eyes get a modified view for 3D. With one click, the right eye will have the same camera angle as 2D and the left eye will do all the 3D work. One more click, and the opposite will happen. And the last preset returns it to normal. It can be useful for games that stereoize the HUD, making it invisible at normal convergence modes. With the dominant eye you will see all game effects normally at least in one eye.

- b: very buggy toggle to unstretch 4:3 games from 16:9. The sides will flicker. Avoid using this if possible.

- j: regex 1 stereoization toggle. Not needed for fixed games from the list.

- k: regex 2 stereoization toggle. Not needed for fixed games from the list.

- l: regex 3 stereoization toggle. Not needed for fixed games from the list.

- h: convergence presets (0, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2). 1 by default. All of the fixed games have balanced convergence so that the default convergence is ideal for normal gameplay.

- ctrl + h: a lot of convergence presets to cover more possibilities for games outside of the fixed games list. Different games may need wildly different convergence levels. I tried to cover as many cases as I could.

- g: multiple God of War 1 and 2 separation and convergence combination presets, from higher to lower. These games present geometry with very compressed depth. This is a workaround that makes them normal. Each preset was carefully crafted, so don't touch your Nvidia convergence hotkey or convergence presets. The Nvidia separation hotkey or wheel is OK to use. Don't use this hotkey with other games unless you find another like them. By default God of War 1 and 2 will load the first preset if you enable their fix profiles.

- f: toggle for moderately higher max separation. Not needed if you use game specific fixes. Some games like Soul Calibur 3, Tekken 5, Ys IV and Ys V use a lower separation than the rest of games. This hotkey makes them have the same depth as the other games. Don't use it with unaffected games unless you know you want it.

- o: HUD depth, for elements that have 0 depth or have a "=1" shader override. Regex 2 excluded for image quality reasons. Buggy, consider not using it.

- p: proper 4:3 image toggle. Not enabled by default. This uses an external shader to change the aspect ratio to 4:3 with black bars at the sides (for games that don't support widescreen in any way). Use this instead of the PCSX2 F6 hotkey because the PCSX2 way disables 3D.

- n: black frame insertion, intended for 30fps games. Three presets (disable one frame, the other, and disabled), and it's disabled by default. This is possible because PCSX2 outputs 60fps no matter the internal fps. Don't use in 60fps games. And beware of the nasty 30Hz flickering, if you are sensitive to it.

This black frame insertion mode doesn't know what frame is the original and what frame is the duplicate, so input lag may vary because it's chosen at random (loading savestates may change it too).

And that's why there are two presets that choose a different frame to turn black. If you care enough about it, run from side to side and choose the preset that shows you the frame that is is more ahead in time. For example, if buildings are moving to the left, choose the frame that moves them clearly more to the left.

If you are crazy and want 20Hz flickering (is there any PS2 game that runs at constant 20fps?), go to the bottom of "d3dx.ini" and change "y4 = (y4 + 1) % 2" to "y4 = (y4 + 1) % 3".

An alternative this hotkey is using ReShade with this shader, if you find games that don't work correctly with mine.

- i: 3D Vision to anaglyph conversion presets (normal, reversed, disabled). Disabled by default. Why use this when you have 3D Vision Discover for anaglyph? Two reasons. One: it allows two or more people to use 3D Vision and anaglyph glasses at the same time, at the cost of some color quality for the 3D Vision glasses users compared to not using anaglyph. Two: for this emulator, it's better to get 60Hz + 60fps per eye than 120Hz + 60fps per eye. Better vsync, low motion blur, etc.

- u: black frame insertion in 2D, made for 60fps at 120Hz. It's mandatory to have 3D Vision enabled. This hotkey is a quick toggle that disables stereoization for all regexes and blacks out the image of the right eye. The result is that at 120Hz you receive 60 games frames and 60 black frames. It can be combined with the "n" hotkey for 30fps games. This doesn't reduce GPU usage in any way. It's the same as if you were playing in 3D. Unless you comment or delete the "[TextureOverride3DRenderTarget]" block in "d3dx.ini", which is necessary to be there for 3D. That way, you'll get 2D performance with black frame insertion.

- t: reverse 3D Vision.


Fix updates
I will probably update the fix to add more individual game fixes over time. Also, flip model may be an official feature in the future, which will make using a very specific build unnecessary. And it will also make the game booting process simpler and more stable.

User contributions for shader overrides are welcome. Just know the risk of them becoming obsolete in future PCSX2 updates. Depth fixes should be universal.


Side By Side / Top And Bottom / Interlaced compatibility
Uncomment the ";run = CustomShader3DVision2SBS" line in "d3dx.ini" and then press F11 ingame (once it triggers 3D) until you have your desired mode.

This below was for the old version of the fix and it's unneeded now (I'm keeping it just in case):

Normally you would have to uncomment the ";run = CustomShader3DVision2SBS" line in "d3dx.ini" and then press F11 ingame (once it triggers 3D) until you have your desired mode. However, the game window stays black when you try to do it.

The workaround is not enabling that line, starting the booting process until after you have "unlocked" the exclusive fullscreen possibility, uncommenting the ";run = CustomShader3DVision2SBS" line, saving changes, going ingame in fullscreen mode, pressing F10 to reload the configuration, and then pressing F11 until your 3D mode is selected.

Painful, I know. I don't know a way to fix this completely. But the workaround works.


Recommendations
No interlacing codes (use the search function), to avoid shaking in games: https://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-No-interlacing-codes

60fps codes (some may be unreliable): https://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-60-fps-codes

Widescreen game patches (in case you want something very new that isn't included with the emulator yet): https://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-PCSX2-Widescreen-Game-Patches

You may see dithering in some games. Press the "page down" key to change between original resolution (default), scaled dithering, and disabled dithering. This is in the GSdx interface in new builds, but not in the build with flip model that I recommend using.


Special thanks
- All 3Dmigoto developers and contributors (bo3b, DarkStarSword, Flugan...).
- All PCSX2 developers and contributors. Without them, we wouldn't be able to even play these games in 2D.
- Kaldaien, for the specific SpecialK build I used in older fix versions to force exclusive fullscreen (0.7.0). Now using 10.1 for newer drivers.
- RibShark, the one who made the compatibility patch to make 3Dmigoto work with PCSX2 on Windows 10.
- Kaimasta, for helping with testing and giving good ideas and inspiration, like the God of War hotkey.



If you liked this and want to contribute for more future fixes, you can donate to this PayPal account: [email protected]

Sours: http://helixmod.blogspot.com/2018/01/pcsx2-dx11.html
yeah, a lot, it's quite ugly in the open world:

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Then you have no grass in the distance with this ground pattern that looks really PS2-like
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And Wanda face is just lol

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it's justified only if you play on a Pro at 60fps (and colossus battles are good in this state), otherwise, as a 30fps title is very underwhelming.
Generally they took some artistic choice that are way worse then the original one (the intro alone with the full moon is a slap on the face on the atmosphere of OG SoTC).
They can be good programmers but their art department is weak and you see it all in SoTC PS4 remaster.

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Sours: https://www.resetera.com/threads/playstation-2-emulator-pcsx2-version-1-6-0-released.199788/page-2

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PCSX2 Black Screen Problem Solved! 2020 - 3 Methods - For Every Spec PC - 100 % Working -

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-PCSX2 version: v1.3.1-976-ga4f8c6d

-PCSX2 options: Defaults, no settings modifications affect the issue (I have, however, literally tried all hacks/options)

-Plugins used: GSdx, SPU2-X, Lilypad, Linuz ISO/Gigaherz CDVD,rest null plugins

-Plugin settings: Defaults, no settings modifications affect the issue

-Description: In August 18 Version, as opposed to stable version, when selecting DX11 (DX9, OGL work fine) FFXII (possibly other games) shows heavy black flickering on 2D objects, such as entire Square Intro screen, Maps, Menu, Cursors. DX11 works fine in official 1.2.1 stable release. Windows 10, latest nvidia WHQL drivers.

-How to replicate: August 18 SVN, FFXII (Zodiac).

-Last known version to work: 1.2.1 Stable (haven't tested anything in between)

-PC specifications: Intel Core i5 6600k (3,5Ghz Quad), Nvidia GTX970 (latest WHQL Driver, Win10), 16GB DD4, Windows 10 Pro 64Bit.

-Other comments: https://www.reddit.com/r/PCSX2/comments/3hl0o6/ff12_screen_flicker_dx11_nvidiawin10/

Sours: https://github.com/PCSX2/pcsx2/issues/774

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