The PSVita’s biggest strength is probably in emulation. This is because it has a decent screen (especially the OLED one on Fat models) and awesome front-facing buttons which provide much better input than emulators on Android. It’s quite a common question for people to ask what’s up with the emulation scene so this article should answer most concerns.
THIS WILL BE COVERING THE MOST POPULAR CONSOLES!
NES emulation: J2ME phones can emulate NES! RetroArch cores have gotten you covered. FCEUmm is the best core
Master System: The Genesis GX Plus core in RetroArch should have you covered. SMSplusVITA is an older homebrew that you can find on the Henkaku website which should do the same job
Atari 7800: The ProSystem core should have you covered. Atari 2600 games should function with the Stella core in RetroArch
Super Mario Bros 3 on the NES
PC Engine/TG16: The MednaFen core should have you covered
Sega Gensis/Megadrive: The Picodrive and Gensis GX Plus cores should have you covered
SNES: Various SNES cores exist. The 2005 core has worked the best for me but your mileage may vary!
Neo-Geo: The Final Burner Alpha should work. PFBA should also let you play some NeoGeo stuff (GekiHEN contest)
The PSVita is fully capable of Blast Processing!
Here is where stuff starts getting a tad shaky!
PSX: ARK gives you PSX without sound. The PCSX Re-armed core is heavily game dependent. Adrenaline might have PSX support soon enough (was originally slated for February but it shall come later along, don’t bug TheFlow!)
Nintendo 64: Libretro might have started working on it as per a previous Twitter post. Don’t hold your breath, you may use DaedalusX64 in ePSP if you want to try playing some N64 titiles.
Sega Saturn: You can probably just forget it
Without any doubt, you won’t be emulating any 6th (and 7th…) generation home consoles on your Vita and the only emulator that *might* be feasible is Reicast as it runs on some lower end Android hardware. Stay tuned for another article covering portables and/or computers! Cored refer to RetroArch cores.
I'm a girl that's liked technology from day 1. Mostly interested in the PSVita/PSP scene but I've always modded my stuff when it's possible, that is :)Contact me via DM at @KawaiiAuroraA on Twitter if you have any questions/concerns about my articles or if you have any article requests.