Using PCSX2 emulator on Macbook Air. Suggestions?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Neon01, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. Neon01 macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Hello all, new Mac owner and I'm already a fan. I bought the laptop to use Windows 7 on primarily, but I'm finding myself loving (most aspects of) OSX, so this is a nice surprise. I installed Win7 Ultimate via bootcamp and tried running PCSX2 with Final Fantasy XII. Unfortunately, it lagged enough to detract from the experience and the fan got crazy loud. Maybe the graphics "card" wasn't up to the task? I'm not sure if that's the weak link, or the CPU was, but I would have thought that the i5-2557 would be fast enough for this without an issue.

    Does anyone have experience running PCSX2 on a Macbook Air? Any tips on how to configure for best performance? I read about a version that was built for the Mac instead of PC, but I don't think it's supposed to run under Lion. Rather, it was intended for Snow Leopard.

    Any suggestions are appreciated.
  2. bill-p macrumors 68000

    Jul 23, 2011
    Final Fantasy XII, as far as I know, is a very taxing game for PCSX2, so even a Core i5 would not be able to tackle it nicely.

    If Bootcamp doesn't help you, then I think that's the end of the line.
  3. matixryder macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Or you can buy a ps2 common man it is less than 60 bucks for the ps2 at the moment I believe. Pirating game on a $2000 machine is not good :p
  4. Neon01 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Who said I was pirating anything? It's completely legal to rip .iso files of games that you own, and I own at least 2 copies of FFXII. I'm a game collector, and I like to keep my games in mint (if not sealed) condition. It also happens to be easier to transport a 2.5" HDD with 25+ games on it than all those hard copies.

    You really think I'm doing this so I can save $60? I own two PS2s, a PS3 with backward compatibility and at least two other PCs with cutting edge graphics rendering capabilities, but that's not the point. Being able to just take my slim MBA and PS2 controller with me on a business trip and game a bit in the evenings, or gaming from my recliner while my wife is watching TV are nice options to have. Also, PCSX2 offers upscaling and render capabilities that OEM PS2/3 hardware can't even dream of.
  5. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    Don't expect to play ps2 on the macbook air without lag.
    I mean I was playing kingdom hearts on my windows laptop, which had 2,4ghz core i5 (1st gen), 6gb ram and 1gb nvidia 330m , and even on that PC it sometimes lagged when there was a lot of heartless.
    So i guess that the macbook air with 384mb intel HD3000 won't play well any game for ps2... It can still run it though. Maybe try a lower resolution?
  6. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    final Fantasy X runs so smooth on the new macbook air 2012 :D

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