Emulators for the PSP / PS Vita – The ultimate download list



For those of us who want the ultimate retro gaming experience, there’s the Hyperkin RetroN 5. For the rest of us, the Sony Playstation Portable is one of the best machines when it comes to emulation. Its little sister, the PS Vita, has the same benefits thanks to VHBL and TN-V. NES, GBA, SNES, If you can think of an older generation console, the PSP and the Vita have it.

On this page, we provide download links for all emulators that run on the Sony Playstation Portable & the PS Vita.

Looking for the best PSP emulator? Then you actually want to check our PSP emulator page!

Looking for a Vita emulator? Here again, you want to check our PS Vita emulator page for the latest information on that topic!

This page is a list of emulators to run on your PSP or your PS Vita, not the other way around!

The emulators below are compatible with both the PSP and the PS Vita (through its PSP emulator). We have another page for Native PS Vita emulators (compatible with PS Vita only) running through the HENkaku hack.

0. Quick links

Table of contents to jump directly to the emulator you are looking for!

1. What you need

A variety of emulators exist for the Playstation Portable and 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 emulators on your PSP, you will in general need to run a Custom Firmware on your PSP. Installing a Custom Firmware on your PSP is a 5 minutes riskless procedure, and we explain how to do it here.
  • If you want to run emulators on your Vita, you will need to run a custom Firmware or VHBL. The procedure to achieve that is described here . You will also need to use one of the scene’s mods of the content manager assistant, in order to copy files to your Vita.

2. Emulators Downloads

The links below are download links for emulators that will run on the PSP and 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!



Second Generation Consoles (1970’s)



Third Generation Consoles (8-bit era, 1980’s)



Fourth Generation Consoles (16-bit era, 1980’s & 1990’s)

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.



Fifth Generation Consoles (32/64-bit era, 1990’s)

  • Nintendo 64 (N64): DaedalusX64
  • Sony Playstation (PS1, PSX): integrated on the PSP, no need for additional emulator
  • Neo Geo Pocket/Color: RACE! (don’t like it? Try e[mulator] or NgPSP)



Sixth Generation Consoles (128-bit era, 2000’s)



Seventh Generation Consoles (late 2000’s)


  • Nintendo DS (NDS): DSonPSP (note: that emulator is experimental and support has been stopped a long time ago!)









3. Need More?

Vita owners: If the downloads above don’t work for you, check the following threads for packages of these emulators ready to use “out of the box” on TN-V or VHBL.

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Thanks go to Dragon Chan for his “PSP emulators Bible” (and to kakarotto who helped him)

Looking for emulators running on other platforms? Check our emulators page.


103 Responses

  1. Kieran Cherrington says:

    So whats the limitations on the different PSPs?
    I would love to buy one simply for emulation but I don’t need the latest and greatest games. For example, can a PSP 1000 emulate well enough or would it be better to get a PSP 2000 or 3000?
    I know nothing on PSPs but theres a few games I’d like to play, like some of the GTA titles and emulation for possibly 6th gen and down.
    Can anyone make a recommendation for me?
    Thanks guys

    • wololo says:

      That’s almost a religious war at this point.
      The PSP1000 is cheaper, feels sturdier, but has less ram (32MB). It will be limited with some homebrews that take advantage of the extra ram on other models. e.g. Daedalus64, Wagic…
      The PSP2000 and PSP3000 have 64MB ram. It means better homebrew compatibility, and support for additional plugins, as well as official software such as Skype. Arguably, the screen of the PSP2000 is better
      The PSPGo, my personal favorite, doesn’t have a UMD drive (important to have if you want to play official games) and a smaller screen. It is much more portable than the others.
      Nobody likes the PSPE1000, avoid it.

      • jonas says:

        if scanlines/screen quality are an issue for you
        you should go with a psp go 2000 or e1000
        stay away from the 3000

  2. tangra87 says:

    can anyone reupload Picodrive (sega genesis/megadrive) for the VHBL . The links does not work . Thanks in advance 🙂

  3. Great article, ust what I wanterd too find.

  4. Shambles says:

    Are there no game cube emu’s? the resident evil games were better on the game cube. but i guess with only 1 stick the psp could struggle to emulate it.

    • Kitchen Sink says:

      seems like the vita could do it, maybe not a full speed but it could do it

    • erasedisknow says:

      It would be physically impossible on the PSP. The PSP is comparable in processing power to the PS2. The GameCube was TECHNICALLY more powerful than the PS2 (reason most people say it’s less powerful is due to the disks limiting it’s storage capabilities) Also, the PSP lacks dual analog sticks, so any game requiring more than one stick would not work. (read: the majority of GameCube games.)

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  6. TEECEEEEE says:

    what is the maximum capacity that PSP 3000 can use?
    I’m about to buy a PSP 3000 to make it my mobile emulator.
    I want to buy the biggest one it can support so I can hold much NES, SNES, GENESIS, PS1 and PSP game as possible.

    • S0N_0F_A_S0N says:

      The PSP model it self does not have anything to do with memory size. You’re fine buying a PSP 3000, you’ll need a suitable memory stick though; I’d go with one that has 4GB – 8GB of memory space on it.

      But this one (16GB) is even better and a great deal http://amzn.to/1FZq0Os That should suit you well.

      And make sure to get a PSP 3000 or 2000, not a 1000 (as it is not as powerful as the 3k or 2k PSP models)

      • Hakeem says:

        If you use a photofast cr-5400(dual micro sd adapter) then the firmware has a limit of 1 or 2tb(only up to 256gb has been tested).

    • Jaredomin says:

      My recommendation to anyone looking for psp storage is it buy an MS(or M2 duo, whatever the psp uses) to micro SD adapter on amazon, i am using this and i have two 32GB cards in it and have had no problems. micro sd cards are also much cheaper than the M2 cards that sony will sell you. link to adapter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007EHLFCE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  7. argus says:

    thank you wololo

  8. blanck83 says:

    hey guys i can’t run snes on my vita 3.55 running tn-v any help would be much appreciated

  9. KiwiDawg says:

    is there an android emulators for psp vita would be cool to play clash of clans

  10. arnold says:

    please add toy story 3 cars 3 ratoulite to tnv games please

  11. Zeke says:

    Hey wololo & co., this list is in dire need of an update now HENkaku is out (it was when Rejuvenate dropped but that never was very popular).

  12. BxThorne says:

    Great job guys this is hott. I’ve been following wololo since chickhen came to the 3000 loL. I don’t mean to sound demanding or anything but I just want to say that pspfiler was the greatest app the psp has received to me because you can download archives and extract them all through your psp. I have a vita slim now and pspfiler 6.2 doesen’t give you the full memory folders on the the vita. I hate having to use my pc to get things on here. All I want is an updated web browser(like you guys did for psp) and for the vitashell to do what pspfiler does. I’m sure someones working on it anyway. thanks in advance you guys are awesome

  13. dante says:

    so…. ps1 games can be played on psvita or wut!?

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