Emulators on Vita

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PlayStation Vita
Vita.png
Developer Sony
Type Handheld game console
Generation Eighth generation
Release date 2011
Discontinued 2019
Predecessor PlayStation Portable
Emulated ~

You have a PSVita/PSTV on firmware version 3.60 to 3.73, you can turn it into a decent emulation device by installing the HENkaku homebrew enabler. If you're on the 3.60 firmware, you can obtain it henkaku, for 3.65-3.73 use Final h-encore. Those on firmware versions prior to 3.60 can update manually by following the instructions here. Furthermore, on versions 3.60 and 3.65 it's possible to use a bootloader patch called Ensō, which loads HENkaku automatically at boot: Ensō for 3.60, Ensō for 3.65. It's possible to downgrade firmware version with a tool called modoru.

Emulators via Adrenaline[edit]

Adrenaline is a software that modifies the official PSP Emulator using taiHEN CFW framework to make it run a PSP 6.61 custom firmware. Thanks to the power of taiHEN, Adrenaline can inject custom code into the IPL which allows unsigned code to run at boottime. (You can run PSP Hombrews Software on Vita via Adrenaline).

PSP-EMULATORS-INSTALLER (part of Adrenaline)[edit]

Version git FLOSS ✓ Recommended
Supported Emulators
  • ColEm PSP = ColecoVision
  • CPS1PSP = CPS1
  • DaedalusX64 = Nintendo 64
  • EmuoDD = Magnavox Odyssey
  • Fuse = ZX Spectrum 48K
  • Handy = Atari Lynx
  • MasterBoy = MasterSystem/GameGear/GB/GBC
  • MVSPSP = NeoGeo MVS
  • PicoDrive = MegaDrive/MasterSystem/GameGear/Genesis/CD/32X
  • PSP7800 = Atari7800
  • Atari800 PSP = Atari800/800XL/130XE
  • PSPAtari = Atari800/800XL/130XE
  • PSPCap32 = Amstrad CPC/CPC464
  • PSPHuGo = PCE/PCECD/SGfx
  • PSPInt = IntelliVision
  • PSPThom = Thompson TO7
  • PSPVE = Vectrex
  • RACE! PSP = Neo Geo Pocket/Color
  • SNES9xTYLcm_mod = SNES
  • SMSPSP = MasterSystem/GameGear
  • VICE PSP = C64

Multi-system[edit]

RetroArch[edit]

Stable

Nightly

GitHub

BIOS : Download

Available cores
Core Game/System Working? Notes
2048 2048
blueMSX MSX/SVI/ColecoVision/SG-1000
DeSmuME Nintendo DS Doesn't load
DOSBox 286 and 386 Virtual keyboard required
EightyOne Sinclair ZX 81
FinalBurn Alpha (2012) Arcade
  • Uses FBA v0.2.97.30 ROM sets
  • Main core (fbalpha2012_libretro) does not work, but platform-specific cores run at full speed
FinalBurn Neo
FCEUmm NES
fMSX MSX
FUSE ZX Spectrum ? Loading more than one ROM in a single session will crash RetroArch
Gambatte Game Boy/Color
Gearsystem Sega systems (SMS/GG/SG-1000) ? Use Genesis Plus GX or Picodrive instead
Genesis Plus GX Sega systems (SMS/GG/GEN/SCD/SG-1000) Redbook audio hangs when suspending or pausing RetroArch
gpSP Game Boy Advance ~50-60 FPS with dynarec
Handy Atari Lynx
MAME (2000) Arcade
  • Uses MAME 0.37b5 ROM sets
  • Up to 60 FPS depending on game
MAME (2003)
  • Uses MAME 0.78 ROM sets
  • 30 FPS or less, FBN is recommended instead
MAME (2003Plus)
  • Uses MAME 0.78 ROM sets
  • 30 FPS or less, FBN is recommended instead
Mednafen Neo Geo Pocket/Color ? Loading more than one ROM in a single session will crash RetroArch
PC Engine
Virtual Boy ~25-30 FPS
WonderSwan/Color Full speed on WS games, ~45-60 FPS on WSC games
Nestopia UE NES ~ ~55-60 FPS, use FCEUmm instead
NXEngine Cave Story
PCSX-ReARMed PlayStation ~50-60 FPS at standard resolution
PicoDrive Sega systems (SMS/GG/GEN/SCD/32X/Pico) 2D games run full speed, 3D games run about 30 FPS or less
PokeMini Pokemon Mini
PrBoom Doom
ProSystem Atari 7800
QuickNES NES
RACE Neo Geo Pocket/Color ~ Least accurate but fastest NGP/C core, Use Mednafen (Beetle NeoPop) instead
Snes9x 2002 (PocketSNES) Super Nintendo Least accurate but fastest SNES core
Snes9x 2005 (CATSFC) ~55-60 FPS on standard games, ~50 FPS on Super FX games
Snes9x 2005+ (CATSFC Plus) Same as Snes9x 2005 but with better sound, at the cost of a few FPS
Snes9x 2010 (Snes9x Next) Most accurate but slowest SNES core (~40 FPS)
Stella Atari 2600 ? Use Stella 2014 instead
Stella 2014 Atari 2600
TGB Dual Game Boy/Color
TyrQuake Quake ~ ~40-50 FPS, use vitaQuake instead
VBA-Next Game Boy Advance Barely runs full speed.
vecx Vectrex
VICE x128 Commodore 128
VICE x64 (fast) Commodore 64
VICE x64sc (accurate)
VICE xpet Commodore PET
VICE xplus4 Commodore Plus4
VICE xvic Commodore VIC20
Yabause Sega Saturn ~ Technically works but is unstably slow


Stream[edit]

PC[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
Moonlight HD 0.9.2 ~

Arcade Systems[edit]

Arcade[edit]

Name Version FLOSS CPS1–3 MVS/AES NeoCD Other Active Recommended
pFBA git
git (Mod)

Nintendo[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
mGBA 0.9.2git ~*
UO gpSP Kai (Adrenaline) 3.4 test 4 build 230
TempGBA4PSP-mod (Adrenaline) git ~

* GBA is slow (~40-50 FPS depending on the game) but highly compatible.

GameBoy/GameBoy Color[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
mGBA 0.9.2git ~
PlutoBoy git ~
RealBoy-Vita git1.2 ~

NES[edit]

Name Version FLOSS SuperFX Recommended
pNES git
NES4Vita 1.0

SNES[edit]

Name Version FLOSS SuperFX Recommended
CATSFC-libretro-vita gitMod ✓** ✓*
pSNES git
Snes9xVITA git1.1 ✓** ~

* Retroarch has better SNES emulation
** SuperFX emulation isn't running at full speed

Nintendo DS[edit]

Name Download FLOSS Active Recommended
NooDS git ~
DeSmuME-Vita (MasterFeizz) git0.2 ✗*
DeSmuME-Vita (xerpi) 0.1** ?
MelonDS Vita git

* No dynamic recompiler, runs very slow
** No official binary available, but an unofficial one can be found here.

Nintendo 64[edit]

Name Download FLOSS Recommended
DaedalusX64-vitaGL 0.6 git ✓*
DaedalusX64 (Adrenaline) git ✗**

* WIP, Some stutters, See here for compatibilty.
** Needs to run through Adrenaline, Some stutters, Average compatibilty

Sega[edit]

Gen/SegaCD/SMS/GG[edit]

Name Version FLOSS GEN SCD SMS GG Recommended
Genesis Plus GX git1.7.5 RC
SMSplusVITA git1.3.1

DreamCast[edit]

Name Download FLOSS Active Recommended
flyCast-Vita 1.0 ~

Sony[edit]

PlayStation 1[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active BIN/CUE ISO PSX2PSP Multi-Disc Games Recommended
Adrenaline git
PCSX-ReARMed 02-10-2016 Nightly libretro ~

PlayStation Portable[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
Adrenaline git

Other[edit]

Atari Lynx[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
Handy Vita git1.4 ~

Neo Geo Pocket/Color[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
NeoPop Vita git0.71.15 ~

Chip8/SChip8[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
MicroChip8 1.0 ~
Vita-8 git

Commodore 64[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
VICEVita git1.2 ~

Amiga 500/1200[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
UAE4All2 git2.00 ~

ZX Spectrum[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
ZXVita 1.2.0 ~

OpenBOR[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
OpenBOR git1.2 ~

MacOS 2.x[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
Basilisk ll git0.33g ~

Pico-8[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
FAKE-08 git 0.0.2.8 ~

Visual Novels[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Active Recommended
Kirikiri Vita 1.0.3 ~ ~
March22 (LLP) 1.0 ~ ~

Ports[edit]

Doom[edit]

Name Version FLOSS Doom Heretic/Hexen Chex ZDoom Compatibility Multiplayer Recommended
PRBoom+ git
VitaDoom git ?
Chocolate Doom git
PRBoom (Retroarch) 2.5.0 ~* ~
Odamex git ~ (ZDoom 1.22) ~**

* Chex Quest is very glitchy
** Very WIP, sound is not working, multiplayer is disabled.

Quake I[edit]

Name CD Audio Support Multiplayer Texture Pack Support Recommended
Quakespasm-Spiked
vitaQuake
TyrQuake (Retroarch)

Quake II[edit]

Name CD Audio Support Multiplayer Texture Pack Support Recommended
vitaQuakeII ~

Quake III[edit]

Name Multiplayer Recommended
vitaQuakeIII ~

Wolfenstein 3D[edit]

Name Spear of Destiny Recommended
vitaWolfen ~

Return to Castle Wolfenstein[edit]

Name Multiplayer Recommended
vitaRTCW ~ (WIP) ~*

* Runs at about 20-30 FPS.

Duke Nukem 3D[edit]

Name Music Recommended
EDuke32 Vita ~*

* Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is also available for PSVITA

Half-Life[edit]

Name Multiplayer Recommended
vitaXash3D ~
  • Joysticks don't work with MiniVitaTV plugin installed.

Hexen II[edit]

Name CD Audio Support Texture Pack Support Recommended
vitaHexenII ?

Outrun[edit]

Diablo[edit]

Prince of Persia[edit]

Star Trek Voyager[edit]

Sonic[edit]

Grand Theft Auto[edit]

  • re3-vita (GTA III) (removed)
  • reVC-vita (GTA Vice City) (removed)
  • GTA: SA Vita (GTA San Andreas) (removed)
  • GTA: CTW Vita (GTA Chinatown Wars) (removed)

Max Payne[edit]

Heroes of Might and Magic II[edit]

Cannon Fodder[edit]

Xcom[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]