Saturday, 16 March 2013

HowTo: Playstation 2 Emulator 3+ Players Setup | PCSX2

Hey guys, PCSX2 is a wonderful tool which allows us to emulate the PS2 games on PC. However, here is this part where people get stuck about configuring it to play with friends, with two players, its no problem, say you want to play a 3 player game or a 4 player, in my case a 6 player game, with 5 controllers and a keyboard or even 6 controllers, you just can't set it up, there are no seemingly correct guidelines present on the Internet for this too.

I have faced the same problem, so did my friend a few days back, which gave me the idea to put this tutorial online, so it'd help even more people. Less Talk, more Tutorials...... So here it is,

How To:

Step 1:

First open up the PCSX2 Emulator, don't load the game yet. Just have it opened. Now go to

Config -> Controllers (PAD) 

and click on Plugin Settings...

Note: Make sure you have LillyPad svn Plugin for controller. (Ver: 0.11.0)

Step 2:

Now do the following,

In Input APIs

  • Keyboard API - Select Windows Messaging (Recommended)
  • Mouse API - Disable and check Start Without Mouse Focus
  • Game Devices API - check Direct Input, XInput and Monitor when in Background
I've given the settings in the image below. Don't be puzzled by the Box in red, those are the things that you shouldn't worry about. :)

Step 3: 

Under Pads check "Port 1 Multitap", now you should see Pad1A, Pad1B, Pad1C, Pad1D and Pad 2. This now supports 5 players in total. You can stop here and go to Step 4 if you intend to have just 1 to 5 player game.

Instead, if you are keen for 6-8 players, then its pretty simple, yes, check "Port 2 Multitap" and now the tabs should be Pad1A, Pad1B, Pad1C, Pad1D, Pad2A, Pad2B, Pad2C and Pad2D. Those are the 8 pads that you have to configure. 

Step 4:

Set up the controls as you wish for the 8 pads, with individual controllers, you can use a keyboard and 7 other controllers for 8 player games or 8 controllers. But there is one final step to get this working in the game.

Go to Config -> Multitap 1

This should Check it.

Now for 8 players do the same with Config -> Multitap 2.

Now Load the game in emulator and it should show the maximum number of players for that game. In my case, it was 6 player game, SvR 2011. Here is how the player selection screen looks for a 6 player configured game.

Cheers! Happy Gaming with Friends. :) Queries? Contact Me! 


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    1. i just did what u sai but not able to play 2 keyboards!!
      it always overlap with the control of 1dt keyboard

    2. Sorry! You cannot do it with two keyboards. Because two keyboard act as "one keyboard", you cannot do that.

      Please use a controller or Game pad or Joystick and a Keyboard. Or you can use keyboard like this,

      WASD for movement first player, Space to run, JKL and UIOP for moves first player.

      Up, Down, Left, Right for movement second player, 0 to run, 123 and 456+ for moves second player. Cheers!

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    1. I've answered you above. :)

    2. Nice guide bro, I just have a question i have 2 Ps3 joysticks was wondering if i can just connect it both to my laptop or do i need another software to recognize the controller for this method to work.

    3. If they are of USB type, you can directly connect them. Assuming it has different Ports, you'll need an interface/adapter, which you can look up in flipkart (if in India).

  3. thanx for your solution.can you give one more solution, how can i run my svr11 at full speed.i am using window7 and core duo procesor without any graphic card.please give me answer like above steps.i am waiting for ur answer

    1. I am making a guide for speeding up PS2 emulator now. :) Will be up in 1 week. :)


      Done with that.

  4. Do the ps3 controllers for the actual ps3 that come with the charger cables work with pcsx2?

    1. If your PS3 controller is detected by your PC then it will work. If not, you have to get an adapter/connector to get it recognized.

  5. don't working on digimon rumble arena 2
    pls help

    1. same here, I can't use the multitap on digimon rumble arena 2.
      it can't read pad B-D ... its only detect the controlers on pad 1A and 2A..... pls help *note: sorry if my english is bad*

  6. Thanks buddy! cheers

  7. I followed the tutorial excatly, but when the multitap 1 from config is checked, the first player controll doesn't work, or all connected controllers. When I uncheck multitap 1 from config, only 1 player controll works. Is there a solution to this?

    Thanks for the answer!

  8. Hi! Can we play svr11 with 4 players having same frontech controllers.... Plzzz reply....
    With same controls......

  9. Hello, i have tried everything and i cant get the multitap work with Urban Reign x_x its the perfect party game. Only pad1 and pad2 are working. I have the multitap enabled from the settings and from the pad settings.. Is it so that the game doesnt support multitap :/ tho i read from google that it supposed to work :( Any Help?

  10. hey!!!here only wwe smack down here come to the pain is not running plz help me

  11. i! Can we play svr11 with 4 players having same usb joysticks controllers.... Plzzz reply....
    With same controls......need help

  12. thanks gan ()(-_-)() !!!!!!!!!!

  13. Digimon Rumble Arena 2 multitap doesn't work. Help please!

  14. Yea...Digimon Rumble Arena 2 not working!!!

  15. Can you explain how to use only 2 joystick on pcsx2

  16. Dude
    My second controller is detected by the game but is not working (non of tge keys) but while playing fifa it is
    Plz help

  17. Thanks a lot, it may seem dumb, but I couldn't get it working before because I didn't know about step 4. Oh well, it works now!

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  19. I Connected 3rd joystick and which plugin should be configured?
    1B or 1C or 1D
    Pls help me...
    Note: I configured in 1B its not working

  20. for real, please somebody tell us how to make it 4 player in digimon rumble arena 2


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