N64 emulator for the Vita in development – Early stages
The folks over at RetroArch just never stop developing for our beloved console. N64 emulation is a frequently requested thing by the Vita community so everybody will be happy to hear this news!
N64 emulation is pretty demanding on hardware but that didn’t stop developers from attempting to port it to the Vita. There’s even a version for the PSP (DeadulusX64) for PSP/VHBL users but we all know it’s not awesome. Compatibility is pretty bad but it’s a miracle to see an N64 emulator on that platform nonetheless. Sadly, there’s no way to access the GPU in native Vita homebrew so certain stuff can’t be ported over easily. That’s what we know at least…
What about the N64 emulator on the Vita?
Yes, yes, this is the most important part! Retroarch (libretro) have started working on an N64 emulator for the PSVita. It’s still in very early stages and it uses software rendering but who knows, maybe it’ll have some degree of compatibility with less demanding titles. Performance, according to the folks at RetroArch isn’t awesome and that’s to be expected. We can only wait and see as there might be some unexpected developments which put the port light years ahead!
As was mentioned, this homebrew is still in very early stages and it’s not much more than PoC. It’s important to note that there is NO download link as of yet but that might eventually get released to the public. The fact that work started was reported by libretro’s official Twitter account so it’s quite a trustworthy source.
P.S: Don’t bug the folks over at Retroarch for an ETA or a VPK. Just wait and be patient!