Emulators for the PSVita in the HENkaku days that ended up as vapourware
We all love seeing our console do stuff that’s not currently possible but sometimes, the promises fall flat. In this article, we will be looking at some pieces of vapourware that the community would have liked to see but no more info surfaced for some time about them.
1. The N64 emulator from the libretro folks
The PSVita has lived in the shadow of the PSP for quite some time and there’s one thing that the PSP fails at that we thought the Vita could maybe pull off. That is N64 emulation, while Daedalusx64 for the PSP is quite a feat considering the limited hardware, it’s not really of much use outside of Super Mario 64 and a few other titles. Then, last January, the folks at libretro (RetroArch) hinted that they were starting to work on the N64 emulator but since then, we didn’t get much except a screenshot of it running with a software renderer. Oh well, all we can do is wait now. Don’t be expecting it anytime soon but maybe we’ll see it someday!
2. The DS emulator from masterfeizz
The Nintendo DS was a portable console in the same generation of the PSP. The PSP even had an unusable emulator for the DS which was nothing more than a PoC. In the early days of HENkaku (about early August 2016), we were all excited about being able to emulate the DS on the Vita. While the position of the Vita’s controls are not optimal for the DS, it would still be a decent way to play DS games on the go if you have a Vita. Sadly, the DeSmuME emulator port for the Vita has fallen flat and we haven’t heard any news since early August of last year. The reason of the development stopping is probably because of the limited performance of the Vita which is quite sad. If you wish to mess around, you can check out a list of ‘working’ games and see how well they run. Maybe some simple homebrew would fare better. There’s also a RetroArch core of DeSmuME but that doesn’t do much better either, if it even works.
Every console and computer has it’s own fair share of vapourware and the PSVita is no exception. I hope that one day, we’ll see the NDS and the N64 emulators up and running on our Vita but I wouldn’t suggest you hold your breath. Expect to mess with the settings if you wish to get something with the DS emulator! (frameskip ahoy)
DeSmuME for the Vita v0.2 (by masterfeizz): https://github.com/masterfeizz/DeSmuME-Vita/releases
N64 emulator Twitter post: https://mobile.twitter.com/libretro/status/821321500133326849
List of DS games that ‘run’ on the DS emulator: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Wi4psjwk6BNSnawhod1mnEwTWVKvXk1fwscrGsT_LOU/edit#gid=862919078