PlayStation Vita emulators

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

The PlayStation Vita is an eighth-generation handheld game console by Sony, 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 333MHz (Boosted to 494MHz when Wi-Fi is deactivated) with 512MB of RAM and 128MB of VRAM. It had a Quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU, which can push 133 million polygons onto the screen every second at a clock speed of 200MHz.


Name Platform(s) Latest Version FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
Vita3K Windows Linux macOS git ~
Vita2hos Switch Alpha 0.2
Vita3K (compatibility)
Can already run some homebrew titles and a few commercial games. The emulator uses Vita dumps in the .vpk file format.
An open-source compatibility layer who redirects the module imports of Vita executables to jump to routines that implement the same behavior, by using native Horizon OS services, like the one exposed by the original PlayStation Vita OS modules.
Currently is only able to load simple test homebrews such as vita-8.

Emulation issues[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 at all in Vita emulation. Significant further developments on Vita coming from RPCS3 aren't very likely considering the general lack of developer interest, and those who are (like frangarcj) went on to join Vita3K. The RPCS3 project has since removed Vita support from the codebase.[2]

See Also[edit]


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

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