PS Vita emulators are still in their infancy currently. 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, whilst 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 really strong 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, which is reassuring for fans of PlayStation Vita emulators.
What Is The Best PS Vita Emulator For Windows PC, Mac And Linux?
Vita3K is the best PS Vita emulator available for Windows and Linux.
There are only Windows and Linux versions still in development, so if you are looking for Vita3K Mac downloads, you’re out of luck at the moment!
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 – An x64 CPU
- GPU – Any OpenGL 4.1 compatible GPU
- OS – WIndows 7+ / Linux – These must be 64-bit OS versions
Is there a PS Vita emulator for Android?
In short, no, there is no PS Vita emulator for Android at the moment. Since the only emulator that is publicly in active development is Vita3K and there are no signs that there is an Android version of Vita3K coming any time soon.
Be warned, there are sites claiming to offer Vita3K APK files, these are all fakes and you risk damaging or compromising security on your Android device if you install any fake apps of this nature.
My advice is to keep an eye on the Vita3K site for any developments for Android and other systems.
It is still relatively early days for PS Vita emulation, so there is not a whole lot that is hugely playable 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 experience in the field, so producing retro orientated content for How To Retro comes is second nature to him. Now over 40 years old, Matt now even considers himself retro, but fortunately, nobody has developed a Matt emulator (not yet at least!).