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PCSX2 0.9.1 is now available to download here, enjoy!

This release brings a significant speed increase to the majority of games, this is due to a complete rewrite of the EE and VU recompilers. Various other improvements have increased compatibility with games, you will be able to check your game against the included compatibility list, which lists nearly 1000 titles (Please note at time of release list is not guaranteed 100% accurate).

Whilst the new recompilers are a major improvement, the recompilers are not 100% accurate at present, this may result in a number of broken games.

A further release will be created in the future enhancing upon the overall compatibility of the new recompilers. This is part of a new release schedule where we plan to be releasing more frequently; however, do not make requests for releases or ask when such a release will be produced.

As ever we have opened a 'screenshots' thread for you to post in, and the forums are there for you to discuss the project and ask questions.

You will also be aware that the Hot Shots Contest started earlier this month. Given the lack of entries so far, we are extending the contest deadline until the 15th July 2006, you may enter shots from PCSX2 0.9.1 (recommended) or 0.9, those of you who have already entered are allowed to update your posts with new submissions if you wish.

Hopefully people are more imaginative, and post less Final Fantasy shots Wink

EDIT: A regression bug was fixed. Now Makai Kingdom, Grandia II, Rez, and Taito Legends should work. It is recommended that you redownload 0.9.1.

:: Download PCSX2 0.9.1
:: Screenshots Thread

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In a previous news post we 'hinted' at work being done by zerofrog with regards to a new eeREC (Emotion Engine Recompiler) and vuREC (Vector Unit Recompiler (VU0 and VU1)).

The goal of this complete rewrite is to increase speed, whilst at the same time improve, or at least maintain current compatibility.

This rewrite has been going on for sometime now, and is starting to truly show fascinating results, many games now run up to 4x faster, an example of this would be Sonic Riders - previous betas ran at 3.x to 12.x FPS whilst racing, it now runs at 12.x to 35.x FPS

Testing and bug chasing continues, meanwhile a thread has been created for testers and developers to demonstrate - in screenshot form some of these speed increases. Take careful note of the CPU specification given in the post, for instance Refraction can get significantly faster speeds than myself Cool

:: Screenshots thread - Check it out, plenty more to come!

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Since the release of 0.9 the developers have worked hard to improve PCSX2. Looking at the progress zerofrog is making, the future looks very promising.

But there is more! Keith from the emulation64 network invited one of our developers, Refraction, for a spotlight interview.

Q : Could you give us some information regarding the current state of your projects?
A : Well PCSX2 is going well, we have started to focus a bit more on speed as quite a few games are now working in comparison to older versions, but we are still bug finding, slowly trying to get in the bits we have missed and rewriting parts that are completely bugged Razz


Check out the full interview:
:: Interview with Refraction

Previous spotlight interviews:
:: Interview with Shadow
:: Interview with asadr
:: Interview with linuzappz
:: Interview with linuzappz (old)

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With 100,000 unique visitors having visited this site in it's short time online (13 days), both myself and Falcon4ever are happy it's gone so smoothly.

So a video of Makai Kingdom in action has been recorded for you lot to download and enjoy, including audio (speech, music, sound effects).

So you are thinking woopiee a video, wow, that's shocking... Rolling Eyes , well hold that thought, what if I told you that the video only had to be sped up by about 10 FPS to get to 60 FPS, e.g. what you see is practically what it's emulated at!

What?!! near full speed emulation?!! impossible I hear you cry, well I did tell you that zerofrog was re-writing the eeREC and vuREC Wink There's a lot to do, as in all honesty many games got broken with bugs during the transition from the old rec, to the new, but he's still not blinking, and he is avoiding sleep, so hopefully more news eventually!

Enough of that for now, enjoy the video, which you can grab on this page (click the 'DOWNLOAD' image to the right of the details Wink ).

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A lot is going on at the moment, behind the scenes - quietly in dark dank corners of the world, zerofrog barely ever blinking is re-writing the eeREC and vuREC...

Whilst this incredibly laborious process continues, we have something for you to all enjoy!:

Hot Shots Contest!
Submit the very finest screenshot you can produce via the current 0.9 release of PCSX2, whether it be some spectacular vista of a 3D landscape, you defeating the end boss of a game, pulling off a perfect combo, or simply the funniest glitch you've found, we want it and we want to be amazed!

The 1st, to 5th place entries will get their shot and name immortalized on the PCSX2 website, but not only that, the overall winner will get a Universal PS2 Controller Adapter Provided by the fantastic guys over at SpelKontroll

  • Converts any PS/PS2 game controller for use on Xbox, Gamecube or PC USB.
  • Supports vibration feedback (XBox/GC/PC USB).
  • Works with steering wheels, joysticks.
  • Is compatible with PS/PS2 dance mat which can be converted to use on XBOX or GC consoles.

How to Enter
You must be a member of either EmuTalk or Emuforums(Both are free to register at), and post your entries in the official threads for this contest:

Rules and additional information

  • A maximum of two entries per person.
  • All entries must be posted before the end of this month 30 June 2006. No late entries will be considered.
  • Fake, or other bogus images will automatically disqualify you from the contest
  • Images can be taken from any available GS plugin, no image smaller than 640x480. Please make sure only GS window is captured, we DO NOT want to see your desktop! Fullscreen would be a good option!
  • Winners Prize is NOT refundable/exchangeable.
  • No email entries will be accepted, all images must be attached in a reply to the official thread.

Judging will take place during the first week of July, where by 10 images will be chosen, and posted on the forums, for everyone to vote for. The 5 most voted for will get their image and name on the site, and the 1st place entry will be awarded the adapter! Please be around during this time as a judge will contact you to arrange delivery of the adapter!

Good luck to everyone!

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