Please note that emulation on the PS Vita is still in its early stages. Many of the emulators below have bugs. In general, we recommend to check our HENkaku forum to look for the latest version or ask for help. This could help you confirm if a given emulator actually works before throwing your console through the window!
In order to run the following emulators on your PS Vita, you will first need to install the HENkaku hack on your console.
Emulators for the PS Vita – The Ultimate Download list
In general, you’ll find that Retroarch, which emulates more than 20 different consoles and Operating systems, is probably your best choice for now. If you want to look deeper into specific systems for alternatives, check below.
0. Quick links
Table of contents to jump directly to the emulator you are looking for!
A variety of emulators exist for the Sony PS Vita. Explaining to you how to install and run them is not the main goal of this article, but you will need to get your console ready first. Check the explanations below:
If you want to run these emulators on your Vita, you will need to run a PS Vita custom Firmware or homebrew enabler. The procedure to achieve that is easy and described here .
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2. Emulators Downloads
The links below are download links for emulators that will run on the PS Vita. However, we do not provide any links to “roms”. Additionally, a few emulators require a “bios” file which we cannot distribute for legal reasons. You have to provide your own. Details on how to install those emulators and additional help can be found below.
The download links below are kept up to date regularly in order to guarantee we provide the latest and greatest version of each emulator. When several options are possible, we added alternatives in parenthesis. But if you find better, please let us know!
Note: If you grew up in the 90’s and like retro gaming, you might want to check the Hyperkin RetroN 5, a 5-in-1 gaming console that supports your original cartridges for the NES, SNES, Genesis/Megadrive, Game Boy and GBA.