How to play PS2 games on Meta Quest

PS2 Tony Hawk game being played on a Meta Quest 2 headset.
Credit: ETA PRIME on YouTube

PS2 Tony Hawk game being played on a Meta Quest 2 headset.
Credit: ETA PRIME on YouTube

Want to know how to play PlayStation 2 games on a Meta Quest? We've got everything there is to know about emulating classic PS2 games on the Quest series of headsets, including which emulator you should be using to play the PS2 ROMs.

Emulating games from the PS2 on your Meta Quest is one of the best ways to revisit classic or retro games in a new medium. The AetherSX2 emulator that you'll use is challenging to set up, but it's well worth it for the experience.

If you're looking to emulate other platforms on your Quest, we've got a guide on how to play GameCube games on your headset.

How can I play PS2 games on a Meta Quest?

First off, you'll need to start by sideloading the AetherSX2 emulator onto your Quest device. In order to do this, you should make use of SideQuest, a third-party application that allows you to install software not restricted by Meta.

After you've added the AetherSX2 emulator to your Quest, you'll need to sideload some ROM files for the PS2 games you want to play. There are numerous websites from which you can download PS2 ROMs on your PC. Use a trusted source to acquire your ROMs. Once done, you can transfer the files straight to your Quest device.

Crash Bandicoot PS2 played on a Meta Quest headset
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Credit: ETA PRIME on YouTube

Now that you've done this, you'll be able to open the AetherSX2 emulator and then select "Start Bios". You'll want to select your native bios or the one that is compatible with your game ROM.

Then, you'll need to use a third-party file manager to locate your ROM file on your device. Select your ROM, then choose to launch it with AetherSX2. The game will then launch on your headset.

Additionally, if you want to connect a PlayStation controller, then you can connect one to your Quest as long as it has Bluetooth functionality.

Although only released earlier this week, we've already gotten to see PS2 gameplay on a Meta Quest 3, which looks amazing in conjunction with the device's mixed reality features. We don't know which emulator that's being used, but it's most likely to be AetherSX2.

That's all there is to know about emulating games on a Meta Quest. For more Meta Quest 3 news, we've got the latest on when Xbox Cloud Gaming services will be coming to the Quest 3. We've also got everything you need to know about the Quest 3's new full-body tracking capabilities.

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