Official PS2ESDL guide

Last updated: 2:25 PM 6/28/2011

Quick jump

  1. Setting up and using PS2ESDL
  2. Using a background image.
  3. Using/creating skins
  4. Enabling compatibility modes and setting a cache size
  5. Using plugins
  6. Additional notes

Setting up and using PS2ESDL

1. Download the latest copy of PS2ESDL.

2. Uncompress PS2ESDL.elf and patches.ppi into your USB disk.

The FAT32 filesystem must be used. NTFS is not supported.

3. Install your games with a USBExtreme-compatible tool, or with PS2DCDMP.

4. Defragment your disk (Your games should be 0% fragmented).

!!! Do not use the Windows Defragmenter nor Power Defragmenter !!!

Launching PS2ESDL v0.800 with uLaunchELF...

5. Start PS2ESDL and run your games.

  • Press either CROSS, CIRCLE or the START button to start a game.
  • Hold any buttons and/or triggers you need to enable the desired compatibility modes, and to set/override the default cache size.
  • If you used PS2DCDMP to install your game, you may still hold the buttons/triggers to set any compatibility modes that were not enabled at install time, and to also change the cache size.


Place your skin in the directory where PS2ESDL is launched from.

A skin is made up of:

  1. UI.png - skin image
  2. UI.dat - skin parameter file
Note: Not all skins will have a skin parameter file.

Creating Skins:

Click here to view the skinning tutorial.

User-customizable background:

Place your 640x448 PNG background as either:

  1. mc0:/PS2ESDL/background.png
  2. mc1:/PS2ESDL/background.png
  3. (The place where PS2ESDL was launched from)/background.png
  4. mass:/PS2ESDL/background.png


Your plugins should be named as extensionX.plg (Where X is a number from 0 to 3).
Place your plugins into the same folder where PS2ESDL is launched from.

Note: PS2ESDL will load games from the first device it finds games on.

Options and compatibility modes/performance options:

Options (Hold while selecting your game)

How to enable the required mode(s): Hold the required combination of buttons/triggers as your select your game.

Other options/functions:

SCPH-10000 and SCPH-15000 consoles are also supported!

Games that don't work (And/or won't be supported):

Video override for PS2ESDL v0.810 and newer (If you cannot start PS2ESDL because the video mode was not supported by your television):

Holding either of these when starting PS2ESDL will change the video mode: