At long long last, work got started on an emulator for the PSVita called Vita3K. While that’s awesome, it also means that, quite ironically, development on an emulator for the Vita got started after that for the Nintendo Switch, a console released a staggering 5.25 years later!
What is Vita3K?
Vita3K is currently an experimental emulator for the Playstation Vita, a console released in late 2011 that’s been mostly abandoned by Sony for quite a while (bar a few updates, most of which intended to break the homebrew scene’s achievements).
VitaQuake running on the Vita3K emulator. Quite promising in my opinion
The developer of this long-awaited emulator seems to be Peter Mackay, a face unheard of in the PSVita scene as far as I know. That being said, the legitimacy of this emulator is certainly not an issue since it’s open-source and popular scene developers such as Rinnegatamante, frangar and devnoname120 have contributed to the code base.
What can it currently run?
Currently, Vita3K, the only PSVita emulator to date, can do the following:
Run some homebrew applications in VPK format such as VitaQuake (probably the best looking Vita homebrew thanks to 3D GPU acceleration with VitaGL), vitaTester and some other basic homebrew.
It may also be useful for those who have just started to dabble with PSVita homebrew development and want a quick way to test very basic applications.
As you can see, this emulator is still at a very early stage and *NO* commercial games are currently playable. That being said, the fact that some homebrews, including one that uses the GPU, can run
means that there’s significant progress.
What can I expect? Where can I stay tuned for more updates?
petmac (Peter Mackay). The creator and maintainer of this emulator. Unfortunately, we don’t know much about him.. yet. Image is his GitHub profile picture
As with all other emulators in early stages, don’t expect to be playing commercial PSVita games at 4K with 60FPS on your PC any time soon. That being said, some commercial games, especially simpler ones, may eventually become playable with more work.
If you wish to keep up to date with what’s going on with this emulator, simply follow the links below.
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