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Play PS2 Games in Widescreen With RetroArch

The PlayStation 2 arrived at a time when widescreen TVs had only just started to be widely adopted, so it was not commonplace to see many native widescreen PS2 games. Later games such as GTA: San Andreas was a game that included a 16:9 widescreen option in the game.

But with emulation now hugely popular and pretty much any modern screen being a widescreen display, sometimes you may prefer to emulate PS2 games in widescreen mode.

Fortunately, the LRPS2 core in RetroArch has you covered and comes with 16:9 and widescreen game patch options built into the core. In this guide, I’ll show you how to configure the LRPS2 core in RetroArch to play PS2 games in widescreen.

Step 1 – Install & configure LRPS2 core in RetroArch

If you have not already set up RetroArch to play PS2 games with the LRPS2 core, then you will need to do this first before proceeding further.

Step 2 – Load & start the LRPS2 core in RetroArch

First of all, load and start the LRPS2 core in RetroArch, access the quick menu by pressing ‘F1’ and navigate to the ‘Core Options -> Video‘ menu, here you will find two options:

  • Aspect Ratio – Change this to ‘Widescreen (16:9)’
  • Enable Widescreen Patches – Change this to ‘On’

Next, restart RetroArch.

RetroArch PS2 Widescreen
RetroArch LRPS2 Core Widescreen Options

Step 3 – Launch the game

Your game will now launch in RetroArch in 16:9 widescreen mode and RetroArch should show a notification that a widescreen patch has been found.

Should you find that a widescreen patch is not automatically applied, you are able to apply manual widescreen patches to the PCSX2 application folder included in your RetroArch folder.

To apply manual widescreen patches simply copy the widescreen patch .PNACH file to the following folder ‘RetroArch -> system -> pcsx2 -> cheats_ws‘.

RetroArch PS2 Widescreen Patch
PS2 Return to Castle Wolfenstien in Widescreen Mode

A great resource for manual widescreen patches can be found on the PCSX2 forums.