PS Vita emulator

Looking for the best PS Vita emulator? look no further! on this page we will host a list of all the major Vita emulators, to run PS Vita games on your favorite machine (PC, Android, …), as soon as they are made available. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for emulators to run ON your Vita, then what you want is our other page: the ultimate download list of emulators for the PSP/PS Vita

Are PS Vita emulators a possibility?

A system can only be emulated once it is fully understood. In firmware 3.60, the PS Vita was hacked through a Kernel exploit, and developers can now reverse engineer the entire Vita system to build a PS Vita Emulator. Building an emulator for the PS Vita is a hard task and requires lots of work. This is technically doable only once it has fully been reverse engineered.

A PS Vita emulator allows much more than simply running your favorite PS Vita games on your PC or android device. It will also help enhance games visuals with added filters, could help decrease load times: the power provided by a full fledged PC could take the graphics and Vita experience to a much higher level, like most emulators typically do. There are many benefits a PS Vita emulator will bring to the table:

  • Possibility to play many games without having to carry the discs or cartridges
  • Some emulators let you play online
  • Games tend to run better/faster on emulators
  • Graphics and sound can be dramatically improved with emulators (anti alias filters, etc…)
  • Savestates: you can save a game wherever you want instead of relying on the game’s checkpoints
  • Use the controller of your choice, gamepad, keyboard,…
  • The possibility to play PS Vita exclusive games on your favorite device
  • Savegame compatibility means you can share savegames with friends
  • PS Vita Emulators also add features such as screenshots, video capture, etc…


Vita3K, experimental PS Vita emulator

In January 2018, we revealed the existence of an experimental emulator for the PS Vita. Named Vita3k, the PS Vita emulator is open source. As of early 2018 Vita3k does not support commercial games, but can already run homebrews in the vpk format, such as VitaQuake. Early releases run homebrew games at 15fps, which is quite promising.

Vita3K emulator running VitaQuake

VitaQuake running on the Vita3K emulator.

Download Vita3K

You can download Vita3K from the developer’s github here.

PS Vita emulators – beware of fakes!

Multiple people have brought to our attention the name of a team claiming to have a ps vita emulator: psvep. Everything about that project points to it being a fake, and potentially a scam. Their website (which we won’t link to) has multiple red flags:

  • They claim their emulator emulates bot the PS Vita and the PS3 flawlessly out of the box. This has never happened in the history of emulators before, that a team comes up with something working perfectly on day 1.
  • They ask for email + account creation in order to download the emulator. Not only is this weird and not recommended, it is suspicious that nobody has shared their emulator yet on other sites by now.
  • They claim their system automatically downloads and runs any ps vita game automatically. Anyone who’s developed an emulator in their life knows that this would be the #1 way to get your project shut down legally, by directly associating the emulator with piracy.
  • Weird technical claims about the emulator that do not match the typical geeky jargon of emu devs. For example, they talk about “doubling the frame rate” to 60FPS, which sounds not only suspicious, but also not what an actual emu developer would push as one of the main points of the emulator.

PS Vita emulator list

More PS Vita emulators will be added to this page as new information comes around

112 Responses

  1. Tail870


  2. Translator

    To be Continued…

  3. Alevan

    But I want a PS Vita emulator for my niece who can only play games at 1080p60FPS.

  4. NNNRT

    We need like 10 years to get a fully working Vita emulator. Kinda like PPSSPP & the PSP.

  5. zixw

    Dopes maybe we need 20weeks to hack vita if someone has studied ps3 and Xbox architecture and if necessary maybe ps4 if it is under hack

    • HakkinTakkin

      there might be an emulator for the Xbox 360 but even thats stretching it. The ps3 is almost impossible to emulate because of its 7 cores and the way they function.

      • yuu

        Except there is now an open source PS3 emulator with really good results for some games, still needs a bit of work for others but it’s far from impossible and PS Vita will be easier.

        • Davixxa

          PS4 will be easier than Vita. The Vita runs on ARM architecture, commonly found in anything other than a PC/Home console, while the PS4 runs off x86 architecture, the same as any computer newer than 2002 (Unless Apple). The PS3 ran off PowerPC architecture, which, while wasn’t common for computers around that time, ran on Apple computers.

          • Mattwo

            I don’t think you understand what emulation is. It’s not a one for one copy, which probably ties into the fact that you usually need a machine that’s twice as powerful as what you’re trying to emulate to run an emulator. Not to mention the ARM architecture has been emulated PLENTY of times in the past.

          • Aiden Macleod

            The Android runs ARM as well and we already have excellent EMUs for them: Andy Emulator, Blue Stacks and another one I can’t remember the name of are three that come to mind. Doesn’t matter the architecture, it’s the way the OTHER parts of the machine interact with them.

      • GU101

        There is an emulator for ps3 and xbox 360 well tecnachlley not because its cloud gaming and its andriod only its called Gloud Gaming.

      • ThatGuy

        Any system can be emulated by any other system. The only hardware issue that prevents emulation is the amount of memory available. The processor and gpu can bottleneck the emulation speed, but you can still emulate a ps2 on a z80 (gameboy) processor at maybe 1 frame per hour.

        Luckily, we’ve reached a point where consoles no longer outperform computers, price-wise, so emulating consoles will become easier. Ps3 emulation is already starting up, and ps4 emulation is still in the research phase. We’ll see at least a ps4 emulator demo in the next 2-3 years. Looks like there’s already a group working on the preliminary steps of studying the hardware and getting a rom image from the ps4.

        As always, emulation, due to its grey legal nature and non-mainstream appeal, is fan-run. Most emulator projects start with less than 10 hobbyists, so maybe 20 hours of man labour each week if you’re lucky. If an emulator project was run as a day job for a dev team of 20 or so people, it would only be a year or two for the emulator to run a couple major games.

      • Justin

        Actually is only a duo core with software to tell it to execute more processes or threads…. so yeah no. Ps3 isn’t a 7 core

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  7. Brad

    Is a pastebin or mediafire dump non existent? Just dump the files on there and people can use a pc to look at it. Ive done with a 3ds but i lack the vita to do that

  8. cristi

    Why we don’t try to use the ppsspp as emulator for ps vita games,i will give it a try

  9. kazunee

    I thought PSVita emulator still possible to run on PC and android.
    But yeah, it takes a long time. I’m not understand with that kind of programs, what I can do just wait lol
    Wish you luck for the team that working on PSVita emulator.

  10. Lannce

    There’s an app on Google play selling for $2.00 that claims to be a vita emu. I’m guessing it’s a hoax. Has anyone here given it a shot?

    • ThatGuy

      Emulators almost always start on pc; consoles are locked down, and mobile is just a hassle to develop on. In addition, even the most inefficient builds can run at a reasonable framerate on a good pc. Once the code is cleaned up a little and given an OpenGL hook, it then migrates to mobile platforms. PS Vita is definitely on the edge of what many mobile devices can handle for emulated graphics processing, at least for the time being.

      If it makes the way to mobile, it will be a free app. I think what you found is a hoax.

      • Rex

        That’s not entirely true, on the fact “it will be a free app” part.
        DraStic, ePSXe, FPse, all the .emu ones, all the “John” ones, and many more, are all paid apps. You’re paying someone for their effort to create a playable and fully functioning emulation system. And it’s allowed to be charged (without any royalties or anything) because they’re the product of the programmer, with all copyrights referenced back to the original system’s owner. Plus, all of these out there are for systems that are well off the market.
        Vita is still being sold.

  11. GU101

    A vita emu could be a PS3 present in 2018

  12. Chihiro Fujisaki

    Umm… i’m working on one right now… it doesnt seem as bad as some of the stuff i’ve worked on in the past… I’ll keep you guys updated on it’s progress if you want…

  13. Izehumah