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 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)


  • 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.

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.


148 Responses

  1. aaron says:

    Hello to everyone, I have a question. My vita’s (3.60) wifi receiver no longer function when I read about henkaku. I was wondering if there is a way around to install henkaku, without going to its website?.

    Thank you.

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  3. JNas says:

    What happened to DOSBOX!!!!??

  4. Marco Antonio Gauna says:

    Hola queria saber si es posible que la psvita pueda correr juegos de ps2

  5. dd says:

    where an i find pokemon roms at what website to trust

  6. SpinAssassin says:

    Where´s the XQEMU??? As far as I know (I could be wrong, of course) the PS Vita is able to open this emulator. Any news about it?

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  8. Dorie says:

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  9. Peter Fox says:

    Great job for all of us!
    But me, beeing a noob in the PS Vita emulation realm, is there something in the Raspberry emulation scene, like images with emulators and roms of the emulated systems, to use in our Vitas?

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  12. Jes says:

    There is a new FBA- lite emulator that can run CPS3 games at an almost constant 60fps. It does have some graphical bugs but Street Fighter 3 is playable more so than ever. Search reddit FBA lite

  13. Erik says:

    So, I have pretty much the most obvious question: can the PSP 2000 and 3000 emulate the same programs as the PSP 1000? Also, why is the PSP 1000 the ideal CFW emulated device of the three? Is the software for it, taylored for having the essentials whereas you have to download this here and there with more effort for the 2000 and 3000 to run emulation the way the 1000 does? Lastly, do they all run the same emulations programs? If not, what are those differences?

    • wololo says:

      The PSP 1000 is historically easier to hack which is why it was considered ideal at the time. However it has less RAM, and in particular in the later days of the console’s lifespan, resource-heavy emulators performed better on the newer models thanks to the additional RAM.
      Today they pretty much all run the same emulators without any distinction, except that the PSP 1000 has less RAM

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