How to Use the Pcsx2 Gsdx 11 Plugin to Enhance Your PS2 Emulation Experience
If you are a fan of PlayStation 2 games and want to play them on your PC, you might have heard of Pcsx2, a popular emulator that can run PS2 games with high compatibility and performance. However, you might also have noticed that some games look blurry, pixelated, or have graphical glitches when running on Pcsx2. This is because the default graphics plugin that Pcsx2 uses, called Gsdx 9, is not fully compatible with the modern DirectX 11 API that most modern graphics cards support.
Luckily, there is a solution to this problem: the Gsdx 11 plugin. This plugin is an unofficial fork of the original Gsdx plugin that adds support for DirectX 11 features, such as tessellation, geometry shaders, and anti-aliasing. By using this plugin, you can improve the graphics quality of your PS2 games and enjoy them in higher resolutions and with smoother edges. In this article, we will show you how to download, install, and configure the Gsdx 11 plugin for Pcsx2.
Step 1: Download the Gsdx 11 Plugin
The first step is to download the latest version of the Gsdx 11 plugin from its official GitHub page: https://github.com/pseudonym404/gsdx11. You can either download the source code and compile it yourself, or download the pre-compiled binary file from the Releases section. The file name should be something like gsdx32-avx2.dll or gsdx32-sse4.dll, depending on your CPU architecture.
Step 2: Install the Gsdx 11 Plugin
The next step is to install the Gsdx 11 plugin into your Pcsx2 folder. To do this, simply copy and paste the downloaded dll file into the plugins folder of your Pcsx2 installation directory. For example, if you installed Pcsx2 in C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Pcsx2, then you should paste the dll file into C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Pcsx2\\plugins.
Step 3: Configure the Gsdx 11 Plugin
The final step is to configure the Gsdx 11 plugin to suit your preferences and system specifications. To do this, launch Pcsx2 and go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings. In the drop-down menu next to GS, select the Gsdx 11 plugin that you just installed. You should see a window like this:
Here are some of the most important settings that you can tweak:
Renderer: This determines which API the plugin will use to render the graphics. You can choose between DirectX 9, DirectX 10/11 (Hardware), DirectX 10/11 (Software), OpenGL (Hardware), or OpenGL (Software). The Hardware modes use your GPU to accelerate the rendering process, while the Software modes use your CPU. Generally speaking, you should use DirectX 10/11 (Hardware) if your graphics card supports it, as it offers the best performance and compatibility. However, some games might have issues with this mode and require either DirectX 9 or OpenGL.
Interlacing: This determines how the plugin will handle interlaced video output from PS2 games. Interlacing is a technique that alternates between displaying odd and even lines of pixels on each frame, creating a flickering effect that reduces motion blur on CRT TVs. However, on modern LCD monitors, interlacing can cause visual artifacts and stuttering. You can choose between several deinterlacing methods that try to eliminate these problems, such as Bob tff/bff, Blend tff/bff, or Auto. Alternatively, you can disable interlacing altogether by selecting None.
Internal Resolution: This determines the resolution at which the plugin will render the PS2 games internally. The higher the resolution, the sharper and clearer the graphics will look 061ffe29dd