The Gamecube and PS2 are more than 20 years old.
When the Gamecube was released in north america (2001) the SNES was 10 years old. The NES (north american release) was 16 years prior.
The Gamecube and PS2 are older now than the NES was when the gamecube and PS2 were released.
I imagine this means that the gamecube and the PS2 and the xbox (and possibly even the wii and the ps3 and the xbox 360?) occupy the retro game space for modern kids that my NES and SNES did for my brother and (to a lesser extent) myself?
@ajroach42 PS2 still requires modding the ps2 and getting a custom memcard I think. The memcard is everywhere on ebay but not to sure about the actual system mod.
Outside of playing on the actual hardware, the emulation scene of PS2 is currently amazing, the emulator runs insanely well and can change the rendering quality to be really high res which looks better on modern screens compared to the low res made for CRTs.
I'd recomend the nightly builds: https://pcsx2.net/
Keep us updated!
@ajroach42 The "stable" build has always been slow to update and typically runs a lot slower, last update was 2020 but the nightly builds currently run super well.
Don't think you need that high end hardware, my criminally underpowered laptop with a AMD 3200U (2 core 4 threads with 3 vegas gpu cores. basically a smol boi) could run it, admitedly not well but it could.
as long as you're using the experimental build the performance should be pretty great
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