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Developer(s) Tahlreth
Latest version Alpha-2228
Platform(s) Android
Architecture(s) ARM
Emulates PlayStation 2
Support ($) Patreon
Programmed in Java[1]
License Proprietary (GUI)
LGPL (core code)
BIOS/Keys Required

AetherSX2 is a closed-source PlayStation 2 emulator for Android, Linux and macOS.


Android Play Store
Android Alpha Build
Linux macOS Pre-alpha For ARM Desktops


AetherSX2 is essentially a closed-source Android port of PCSX2, adding an ARM JIT and Vulkan renderer. However, unlike the incredibly shady DamonPS2, it uses the current version of PCSX2, which is almost entirely licensed under the LGPL save for some minor GPL parts (namely the MPEG decoder which uses libmpeg2, and the code for the on-screen display which uses FreeType). To be fully compliant with the LGPL, Tahlreth is planning to rewrite the GPL code.[2]

  • Supported image formats: .iso, .chd, .cso, .bin, .gzip, .elf
  • System requirements: At least a Snapdragon 845 or equivalent. Mali and PowerVR GPUs are limited by the lack of dual-source blending in their Android drivers, and will perform worse than Adreno GPUs.[3]

External links


  1. Tahlreth on Reddit. November 23, 2021. "No Java source code will ever be public [...]"
  2. Bositman (November 24, 2021). AetherSX2 brings PCSX2 to mobile.
  3. Tahlreth. AetherSX2 FAQ. § What are the requirements?