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How to play PS2 Gran Turismos on your Xbox Series X|S

Turns out, the Xbox Series X and Series S are very good at videogame emulation. Here's my guide on how to play PS2 games such as Gran Turismo 4.

4w ago

If you saw my last video about RetroArch, you will know that you can use it to turn your Xbox Series X or S into an emulation powerhouse. That includes playing PS2 games, which is the point of my latest video.

Running a PS2 on the new Xbox consoles can be iffy sometimes, with sound and frame-rate issues known to pop up. But the fact I've been able to enjoy Gran Turismo 4 on a Microsoft console instead of Sony's PS5 is remarkable.

RetroArch acts as the front-end for emulators, such as PCSX2, which I say completely wrong throughout the video (good job, Ben). But the setup process does work as all PS2 footage shown in the video was recorded on my gold-wrapped (don't ask) Xbox Series X.

Now I know nobody reads instructions. But if you want to play Gran Turismo 4 and the many other awesome racing games available on PS2, you will need to follow this guide and the one before (below), which deals with setting up RetroArch.

Also be sure to use the links in the description of the PS2 install video, as without them you will probably not see the PCSX2 core appear, which is vital to playing PS2 games. My initial video also goes through the process of setting up the necessary developer account.

Is it worth doing? If you like old games, absolutely. The CPU and GPU power of the Series S and Series X make them excellent at running the software (not to mention great value compared with a gaming PC). If you have one already, why not bolster the game collection?

Also, many older racing games were just brilliant. I'm currently hooked on the original Forza Motorsport, which is not on RetroArch (but you can get it going on an original Xbox easily). There's just something compelling about these old-timers, even in 2021.

These are dull times for many of us so maybe RetroArch (or even tidying up an old Xbox) could be a good way to keep busy and maybe, just maybe, indulge in some gaming nostalgia. Feel free to subscribe to A Tribe Called Cars for more videos. Peace!

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Comments (18)

  • GT4 license IA 15 is a fricking nightmare. Then again, the last time I tried it I was 6...

      27 days ago
  • I have a PS2 so I don't have to do it, but for those of you who don't, I'd recommend trying this. GT3 and 4 are the best racing games ever.

      1 month ago
    • I fell out of love with GT3, but 1, 2 and 4 are superb.

        1 month ago
    • GT1 is amazing, I never actually played GT2 though. But yeah, GT4 is the best by far

        1 month ago
  • Does this work on the one?

      1 month ago
    • Yes but the performance can be bad as it's much less powerful. I would think some of the less intensive games could work. You'd have to try.

        1 month ago
  • Neat article. I have a Playstation 1 and 2 so if I want to play GT I can in the appropriate console.

      1 month ago
    • True, it's best played as intended in most cases (original Xbox is an exception because the PAL console was held back). Although emulation becomes a bit more annoying when it's pre-HDMI.

        1 month ago
  • Me when I noticed the title:

    "Wait, that's illegal"

      1 month ago
    • If you own the disc and the PS2 and use those files, it's not illegal.

        1 month ago
    • It was a joke, simply because GT has never been released to a platform other than PS. I've even bought a 3 just bc of my wish to play GT5/6

        1 month ago