Just like its predecessor PCSX, PCSX2 is a powerful emulator replicating PlayStation 2 games for multiple operating systems – Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It covers most PlayStation 2 games and it does a fairly good job at replicating controls, smoothness, speed and overall experience. Compared to its predecessor, PCSX2 brings in a bunch of improvements. For example, texture filtering is a relatively new feature, not to mention custom resolutions or anti aliasing.
Initially released in the spring of 2002, the emulator has gone through a series of updates. It is still being maintained. By the summer of 2020, it was reported to work on over 97% of all PlayStation 2 games. Small bugs may still occur, but games are fully playable and will not crash, lock or enter loops. Bugs are irrelevant and may affect color textures or effects – nothing major to alter one's gaming experience.