PlayStation Vita emulators

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PlayStation Vita
Vita.png
Developer Sony
Type Handheld game console
Generation Eighth generation
Release date December 2011 (Japan)
February 2012 (North America)
Discontinued 2019
Predecessor PlayStation Portable
Emulated
For other emulators that run on PS Vita hardware, see Emulators on Vita.

The PlayStation Vita is an eighth-generation handheld game console by Sony Interactive Entertainment, released in Japan on December 17, 2011, and in North America on February 15, 2012. It had a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore at 333 MHz (Boosted to 494 MHz when Wi-Fi is deactivated) with 512 MB of RAM, 128 MB of VRAM, and a quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU, which can push 133 million polygons onto the screen every second at a clock speed of 200 MHz.

Emulators[edit]

Name Platform(s) Latest Version FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
Vita3K Windows Linux macOS git
Mobile / ARM
Vita3K Android N/A TBD
Consoles
Vita2hos Switch Alpha 0.3
Vita3K (compatibility)
Can already run homebrew titles and hundreds of commercial games. While it isn't nearly as compatible as RPCS3 is for PlayStation 3, it still has made immense progress compared to the earlier days, when development was slow and seemed like it wasn't really going anywhere. This is the best and only Vita emulator for PC.
Vita2hos
An early compatibility layer for Nintendo Switch that runs PlayStation Vita applications natively. Only able to load simple test homebrews such as vita-8 as of December 2022.

RPCS3[edit]

The RPCS3 developers once considered adding Vita emulation support, going as far as displaying a simple 'Hello world' and a basic atomic test sample.[1] However, Vita development was completely halted since then and focused exclusively on PS3 emulation down to the website's branding. A Patreon post admitting as much asked users whether they are still interested in Vita emulation. Significant further developments on Vita coming from RPCS3 aren't very likely considering the general lack of developer interest, and those like frangarcj, who went on to join Vita3K. The RPCS3 project has since removed Vita support from the codebase.[2]

References[edit]

  1. PS Vita emulation progress. emunewz (2014-11-02)
  2. Remove Vita emulation (Nekotekina). GitHub (2018-02-09)

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