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

114 Responses

  1. Tail870 says:


  2. Translator says:

    To be Continued…

  3. Alevan says:

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

  4. NNNRT says:

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

  5. zixw says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

        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 says:

        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.

        • Mattwo says:

          DOS can emulate a PS4?

          • ThatGuy says:

            Yeah, you’d need quite a bit of external memory if you ran the emulation on older computers and they’d only get maybe 1 frame per hour/day. I’d probably get 2 or 3 frames per second if I ran DOS on my 4790K processor. You’re not very computer literate, are you?

        • Mattwo says:

          I mean, you said “Any system can be emulated by any other system.”

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      • Justin says:

        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

  6. qasemmusallam says:


  7. Brad says:

    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 says:

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

  9. kazunee says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

    A vita emu could be a PS3 present in 2018

  12. Chihiro Fujisaki says:

    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 says:

    i wam on this website to download the psvita emulator cause i did not pick up the console yet

  14. moflonx says:

    Emulator for android

  15. vitaisdead says:

    I don’t see the point in a vita emulator. It has some good games, but not enough to justify an emulator.

    • Aaron says:

      The portable PlayStation consoles are of interest because they’re one of the major systems that Japanese visual novels are released on. Even then, emulators are a popular and challenging project for hobbyist programming. It may not be a notable system, but that didn’t stop emulators for rather obscure micro computers from being made.

      • What he said. There are lots of good Japanese games to be played on the Vita, not only visual novels. For fans, Project Diva X has been launched already and there are Japanese games in a series that people from all around the world play like P4 Golden.
        People pretty much enjoy it and so the demand builds up i guess.

    • Ithinkso2 says:

      I partially agree with vitaisdead but that’s just because I never was able to get Japanese games on my vita since I’m from Canada and I sold it before the firmware version I was on became hackable. I can hack 3ds via a certain guide so I just stuck to that. Especially with xenoblade chronicles!

    • Nix says:


      That’s why we need a Vita emulator.

      They’re such @&#+$ about porting anything to PC that the only way you’ll play without wasting your money on countless systems that each only have a handful of games worth buying is to use an emulator.

      Then there’s patches for language, I played so many games with an English patch on emulators that were never officially localized, without an emulator I’d have to hope some random Japanese company would choose to release a very niche title here and then pick it up, with them I just have to hope there’s a fan patch for English and apply it to the ROM.

      I own a Vita, and quite a few games, but I still want an emulator. Between the consolidation aspect, the lack of decent size (I have an imported 64GB card and it won’t hold half of my games) memory cards for the actual Vita, and language patches for Japan exclusive titles…

  16. tayyab says:

    Where is the download link for ps vita emulator?

  17. Alex says:

    You fkn nerds. Instead of arguing and wasting time, go work on the stupid emulator

  18. lollypop says:

    what about the possibility to inject a reverse engineered psvita codebase into the psvita devkit psvita emulator ?

  19. cjtouhey says:

    The internet made for useless comments…..

  20. Kaminari345 says:

    Well *** the 3ds emulator is also salty

  21. folajimi says:

    Just buy a vita or srick with ppsspp

  22. DUDE says:

    But dude if use a computer itll work .A ps vita emulator will be easy ***.Suscribe to my Youtube chanell (HeresCunningCrow)and Instagram (gammahghostly)

  23. SwiftSLawliet says:

    For people that think a PS Vita emulator exists. READ THE STINKIN’ ARTICLE!

  24. Herobrine says:

    Still no download link on this website? Website regularly updated or not? If not, again a nice closing of this website. Disturb the user only.

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  26. Brisco says:

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  27. Joaquin25022001 says:

    All I want is to play Deemo: The Last Recital using a PS Vita emulator…

  28. Marko Mirhan says:

    Hey I found this website called and they claim to have a ps vita emulator project going on? Does anyone know where I can find their code because they say it’s open source.

    • Ryan230 says:

      Only recently has PS3 emulation become possible. It’s still very slow, but RPCS3 has begun to mature. PSVEP do not mention open source and they are promising PS4 compatibility. PSVEP seems like a scam of some sort. Legit emulator projects usually have development blogs with a few videos of games being run.

    • Jane M says:

      It is probably scam. They say to download it you need to finish some actions like installing some apps on Android and give them money.
      Also I didn’t find anyone who have used it or the “file” on internet.

  29. Thomas says:

    Great post! Have nice day ! 🙂 cfntw

  30. “PlayStation VEP” or you could say “PlayStation VIP” contains about fake game
    advertisements, that does not let you download the real build on your Android.
    It’s completely trash! Remove it from Google Chrome! D:<

  31. Devil Arcana says:

    I just want to play Persona 4 Golden on a larger screen.

  32. Thantoss says:

    I’d like to update what site now does when you try to download. by clicking the download

    There is now a popup that says the following.

    “Hang on a second!
    The PC server for the PSVEP is currently down.
    Please visit this page from your mobile phone, and follow the instructions to receive our latest build.”

    I hope anyone that reads this understands the bulls*** they just said. and adds to the definite fake category and more then likely potential that the might be trying use it do something a lot more harmful to your phone and/or computer and all the other things they could do with access to any of the data on those.

    • blah says:

      i managed to get the “emulator” to download and my virus protection promptly removed the executable. So i am 99.9% certain it is fake and harmful, although i didn’t get the popup that you mentioned, the file downloaded flawlessly.

  33. Gamerdroid says:

    Is it available for android?

  34. mlg lord says:

    I wanna play IA/VT colorful on this but i dont know how

  35. SageofPorn says:

    Now that I see it, we have come a long way in terms of emulators, I imagine soon we will have what we all want, so patience is key here.

  36. Gary says:

    Next to the ps vita emulators I’ve also tried finding a working ps4 emulator. I have come across this article who says the pcsx4 is a scam but did anyone else try it?

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