Xbox Series X/S Players Are Using An Emulator To Play PS2 Games

Xbox Series X/S Players Are Using An Emulator To Play PS2 Games

The new generation of video game consoles is finally upon us, and the new devices have proven their mighty abilities in this fresh chapter in the console wars. The Xbox Series X, while still somewhat difficult to obtain, has proven to be the “largest launch in Xbox history,” according to Microsoft. The Series X and Series S models are among the most powerful gaming consoles ever, achieving great feats in ray-tracing and 120 FPS. Another interesting feat is apparently able to accomplish is play early 2000s-era video games, as some users have gotten a PS2 emulator to work on the Xbox Series X/S.

Xbox Series X/S users like Modern Vintage Gamer on YouTube have apparently been able to run a PS2 emulator on the new Microsoft console. The Xbox Series X and Series S have a developer mode that lets users add and modify software that helps with game development, like the Universal Windows Platform (or UWP). One program that appears to work with UWP on the Series X/S is RetroArch, an open-source emulation software that can play retro games. The most recent and powerful games that currently are known to work for RetroArch on the Series X/S are PlayStation 2 games.

PlayStation 2

The YouTube video released by Modern Vintage Gamer exhibiting the PS2 emulator in action on the Xbox Series X/S shows classic PlayStation 2 games like Jax and Daxter, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Ico running quite well on the console. There are some ongoing issues, including file size caps prohibiting some games and performance issues for the graphics and music in others. Still, considering that the PlayStation 5 does not even have any emulation capabilities or direct backwards compatibility for PS2 games, this is quite a jab at Sony’s infrastructure, even if it is unintentional. Hopefully more tech-savy devs can only further test the emulation capabilities of the Xbox Series X/S so we can all play the classic Sonic the Hedgehog PS3 game from 2006 and see Sonic kiss the human princess Elise again.

What do you guys think about this PS2 emulator working on the Xbox Series X/S? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to stay tuned for the latest Xbox Series X news, such as the new Xbox Series X Wolverine V2 controller revealed by Razer, here on Don’t Feed the Gamers! Follow us on Twitter to see our updates the minute they go live!

Cory Lara2137 Posts

A royally radical and totally tubular 90s kid, Cory has a passion for all things nerdy, particularly gaming and nostalgia. While an accountant by day, he strives to be as creative and humorous as possible in his free time, be it here writing on Don't Feed the Gamers, or making dumb satirical posts on his Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram accounts.


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