How to install Vita3K emulator PC Windows 32/64 bit PS Vita

Vita3K emulator install

Vita3K is the world’s first functional experimental open source Play Station Vita emulator for Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android and iOS.

This guide explains how to install Vita3K emulator on PC compatibles with Windows OS.


Software requirements

You can find all required data for your device from the link buttons below:

Vita3K emulatorDownload
PS Vita FirmwareDownload
Font Firmware PackageDownload
Microsoft Visual C++Download

The software requirements for running this application must be met in order for the software to function at all.

System requirements

The hardware requirements for running the application vary depending on your current configuration.

Recommended requirements

OSWindows 10 (or higher)
CPUx64 Octa core (or higher)
RAM8 GB (or more)
GPUOpenGL 4.4 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 1 GB (or more)

For the best experience, users should be running within the recommended requirements.

Minimum requirements

OSWindows 7 (or higher)
CPUx86 Quad core (or higher)
RAM4 GB (or more)
GPUOpenGL 4.4 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 1 GB (or more)

We cannot guarantee the performance of system specifications lower the recommended requirements but you’re always welcome to experiment.

Install emulator

  1. Download the .zip archive
  2. Extract the .zip archive on a folder
  3. Select the folder containing the extracted file
  4. Open the file .exe as administrator
  5. Press install button
  6. Launch the software
Vita3K emulator firmware

Install firmware

Some games require the system modules be present for Vita3K to (low level) emulate them.

This can be done by installing the PS Vita firmware through Vita3K.

The firmware can be downloaded from the download section, there’s also an additional firmware package that contains the system fonts that needs to be installed.

The Font Firmware Package can be downloaded straight from the download section.

Install both firmware packages using the File > Install Firmware menu option.

System modules can be managed in the Configuration > Settings > Core tab of the emulator, we recommend loading libpgf, libpvf, libatrac and libsas for now as almost all other modules either cause crashes or don’t work yet.

And if you have doubts some modules are causing crashes you can try to remove libsas and libatrac.

Vita3K emulator install firmware

Install games

Currently, Vita3K emulator supports .pkg, NoNpDrm, FAGDec, or manually decrypted games (Vitamin dumps are not supported and Maidump is unstable).

The games should be in a .zip or .vpk format if you want to install them from the emulator, or if you prefer to copy them yourself, you can drag and drop the game folder in your pref_path/ux0/app folder (not applicable for NoNpDrm dumps/.pkg files).

pref_path defaults to:

Vita3K emulator is capable of running most commercial games at full speed, provided you meet the necessary hardware requirements.

Vita3K emulator install games

Update emulator

This app is from a third-party developer, so an automatic update won’t be available.

You will need to manually update the app by removing the old version and installing the new version on the download section.

All the updates have the latest fixes and optimizations, but their constantly changing nature means that little testing has been done on them and unknown bugs may appear.

Vita3K emulator install games


Vita3K emulator is licensed under the GPLv2 license.

This is largely dictated by external dependencies, most notably Unicorn.

  • Play Station is a trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation

The purpose of the emulator is not to enable illegal activity.

Play Station and PS Vita are trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

The emulator is not related to or endorsed by Sony, or derived from confidential materials belonging to Sony.

Vita3K emulator PC Windows


This guide/tutorial answers the following questions:

  • How to install Vita3K emulator on PC?
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  • How do I download Vita3K emulator?
  • How can I play PS Vita games on Windows?