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

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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 of its generation 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)

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

 

 

Computers

 

 

Others

 

 

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.

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.

 

115 Responses

  1. Abdou005

    That’S really cool article !!!. Love how the vita and psp scene ar ONE and united.

    • AJ

      I’m getting a psp go but i dont just want nintendo emulators. I’m looking for a psp emulator on the psp so i can have psp games for free. Is there any?

    • Andrew

      are you f***ing serious? i HATE it. the vtia has been out for like 3 years, and theres still no wireless native exploit. the psp scene and vhbl just give the entire community an excuse to be contect with a hacked psp emulator on the vita, rahter than an actual hacked vita. does anyone understand what we could do with a nice piece of hardware like the vita once the restrictions are lifted? theres so much *** it could do. so *** your statement

  2. Adams Myth

    Useful way to navigate the available emulators, thanks!

  3. 173210

    You should add NJ’s emulators and mods.
    They are very nice!

  4. Kirä

    Great compendium. Can you add PC88 and PC98 to the Computers list?

  5. DJ hi I'm

    There are more emulators than this. I saw a pokemini emulator somewhere that I used for a while.

  6. this_is_a_throwaway_account

    Ah! Apparently it is possible to play DS games on the PSP/PS Vita, but the emulator is extremely laggy. What a shame!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kM9l_sr3D_o

    Still, this is better than nothing. Anyway, thanks for the comprehensive list, wololo.

    • this_is_a_throwaway_account

      EDIT: oh wait, disregard that last video! The guy was streaming his desktop to his computer… but my point about it being laggy (even through an emulator on your Vita itself) still stands. Also, no touch-screen support because you’d be using the DSONPSP emulator. :/ Oh well. I was really looking forward to playing White 2 or Black 2 on my Vita, because I love the Pokemon series so.

  7. RPGMaker

    I found the backup for RPG Maker 2000/2003 emulator. You put the game in the same folder as the emulator (games: http://rpgmaker.net/games/?engine=5&status=&rating=&commercial=&sort=&portal=None). The build I have is early and very limited from 2011. No battles etc. I think the images needed to be converted for PSP size too. I am not sure where the development of EasyRPG is today. I only know that the PSP build is broken until someone with the right skills is able to fix it. I remember looking into it, but couldn’t get it to compile.

    Anyway here is build for r1228: http://www.mediafire.com/download/u2yyceq4c01opde/easyrpg_r1228_psp.7z

    • akian_aray

      It’s basically dead. I’ve a subscription to their RSS, it’s updated once in a half-year and they dropped support of minor platforms some time ago.

  8. xlovenuggetx

    thanks to everyone out there that made this possible.

  9. werdy

    Capcom (CPS1PSP, CPS2PSP) emulators are also missing. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs forever 🙂

    • zucrilhos

      I have a old version (i think fat psp), not work in psp3000 model, but if you need i up then. (sorry i’m brazilian)

  10. Vitality777

    An all-in-one installer with a emulator selection menu would be nice 😉
    I’ve had one of these ages ago, probably somewhere in 2012, but I guess those emulators are all out of date.

  11. jake

    Isn’t the Magnavox 1st gen? Or is this the Magnavox Odyssey2?

  12. Blueprint

    This is a great list and the most useful article I have seen with links for PSP EMUs.

    What sickens me though is how awesome the Vita would be if we could truly get it ‘unlocked’ and use it in the way we have used the PSP for all these years. eCFW is awesome and what TN has done is impressive but we are still getting a PSP emulator which restricts the real power of the unit.

    I am sure we will get it in the not too distant future as Vita is only 2 years old so by the expected curve within the next 12-24months it will get hacked……Here is hoping.

  13. sfigga

    Since dsonpsp was mentioned in the article schould not the psp port of yabause (saturn emulation) also be noted?
    i doubt it also went higher than the experimental phase as well though

  14. Leon Soryu

    PSX still has no sound though, correct? 🙁

  15. toBsucht

    Cann´t see why my Psp emulator list isn´t “ultimate” at last on Psp :P. Sure Karaotto and Dragon Chan Playstion emulator introduce is very unique 😛
    Whatever a lot work done on Smokes vita lists.
    And now by you with bringing them to your blog, adding mirror etc.

    Atm most missing stuff – rewind mods which were not to easy to find and

    PspKvm!!

    The only emu not in my list is Castaway emulator^^ not sure why i don´t have it.. cann´t run it ..i guess!
    Stella and emuODD i have to give those 3 a retry …RpgMaker mh^^^^^

    Thanks help completing lists 🙂

  16. teabagger 1o

    Hello everyone, I really want this but what I need to know is: are there going to come newer exploit games on the 3.01 version or later.
    (can you redownload 101 in one megamix) i downloaded it before but I removed it.

    Pls answer!

  17. crecencio

    so does the n64 daedalus emulator work 100 percent full speed for the ps vita or what ? or is it atleast better than the last one used on the psp atleast.

  18. DaVish

    What’s the computer on the most upper screenshot?

  19. Jorsher

    This is great. Thanks for taking the time to compile this.

  20. GaryOPA

    You missed one the list of computers the 16-bit retro emulator for the TI99/4a

    PSPTI99 : A TI-99/4 Emulator for PSP v1.0.3

    Source: http://zx81.zx81.free.fr/serendipity/index.php?/categories/62-TI-99

    Neat thing if you have older PSP model with IR port and IR keyboard you can use it just like it was an actual computer, the emulator works very well and covers most of common of basic stock hardware, I used it for years on my PSP, but sadly now I am running a V9T9 with DosBox Turbo on my Android tablet using a mini-usb keyboard now.

  21. Fletcher

    This will help with downloading roms for any emulator directly on PSP/PSVita

  22. zam

    still no update on nds emulator for psvita?

  23. 8BitNation

    Most of them don’t work.

  24. tom

    Une question qui me turlupine:
    Pouvons-nous jouer aux émulateurs (snes, mastersystem, megadrive, gameboy, atari, amiga, thomson etc…) à plusieurs avec 2 ps vita:
    exemple: jouer à 2 à super mario kart sur super nintendo avec 2 ps vita.

  25. Nyanchan

    I am only here for the Corpse Party: Blood Drive

  26. noura

    i always had a data is corrupted why 🙁 om my psp

  27. joel

    how do i get the ds emulator working on v.2.02 using uno

  28. ILUVΓAMES

    WHAT IS THE GAME IN THE SECOND SCREENSHOT OF THE PAGE(Second generation consoles 1970s)????? PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME HAVE PLAYED THIS GAME AT ONCE IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!!