PS Vita emulators are still in their relative infancy. This is not totally unexpected as the PS Vita did only launch in most of the world in 2012, the year before the PS4! So this best PS Vita emulator list is going to be condensed to just one recommendation.
However, while the PS Vita was not the most popular handheld console when it was launched, it has ended up being a real Sony fan favourite with its firm Sony licences in its game library, in particular, the game library in Japan is very popular with collectors and PS Vita fans.
So what would be the best PS Vita emulator at this point in time? Read on to find out more!
What Is The Best PS Vita Emulator To Use In 2023?
The most promising-looking PS Vita emulator is Vita3K. Whilst it is not the most compatible emulator at this point in time, at the time of writing it can run over 190 commercial games that are in a playable state as well as over 110 homebrew games, these links to the full compatibility lists are updated regularly.
Vita3K is an open-source project which enables it to progress at a much quicker rate than if it was a closed-source project. The Vita3K github page demonstrates the number of people involved or interested in the Vita3K project, reassuring for PlayStation Vita emulators fans.
You can download Vita3K from the official Vita3K site.
What Is The Best PS Vita Emulator?
Vita3K is now the best PS Vita emulator available for PC, Linux, Mac & Android.
Development of Vita3k has picked up the pace and now we are excited to see that there are builds for Windows, macOS, Linux & Android – Incredible!
Vita3K System Requirements
Given Vita3K is still in early development, system requirements may change as the emulator matures, but at the time of writing, Vita3K system requirements are as follows:
- CPU: CPU with the AVX instruction set
- GPU: An OpenGL 4.4 capable graphics
- RAM: Minimum of 4GB RAMOS: Windows 8/10/11, mac
- OS and Linux (Must be a 64-bits OS)
- CPU: An AArch64 CPU
- GPU: Vulkan 1.0 support
- OS: Android 7+
Is there a PS Vita emulator for Android?
Yes, Vita3K now has an Android build ready to use!
This is available as an APK download from the Vita3k-Android GitHub page.
It is still relatively early days for PS Vita emulation, so game compatibility remains very much a work in progress at the moment, so why not check out some other retro handhelds of yesteryear with our guides to emulators, such as the best Game Gear emulators and best Atari Lynx emulators.
We also have a comprehensive emulator guide that contains useful information on emulators as well as links to all of our best emulator guides.
A lifelong avid gamer and computing enthusiast, Matt has decades of Retro Gaming experience. Now over 40 years old, Matt now even considers himself retro, but fortunately, nobody has developed a Matt emulator (not yet at least!).