We have absolutely massive news for fans of Android emulation today, with the announcement that Vita3K is not only officially coming to Android, but very soon.
While we don’t have an official release date yet, aptly-titled Reddit user u/TheGreat_DS posted a developer’s to-do list from the official Vita3K Discord on Reddit. The to-do list is almost entirely ticked off.
Now, we’re not developers at Droid Gamers, so we can’t actually comment on how long it will take to complete the final two tasks, but, regardless, we’re just glad that it’s coming at all.
What Is Vita3K?
Vita3K is a PlayStation Vita emulator that works across Windows, Linux, Mac, and, soon enough, Android! It’s the world’s first open-source PS Vita emulator if you believe the website.
It allows you to run your favourite Vita games from yesteryear – provided that they’re compatible with the emulator. For a full list of compatible games, check out the official site.
Wait, What’s The PlayStation Vita?
This is a mildly depressing question, but a fair one nonetheless. The PlayStation Vita was a handheld gaming console by Sony that launched way, way back in 2011.
It was the successor to the PSP, and made some huge technological leaps, most notably with its OLED touchscreen. Imagine that – an OLED screen back in 2011!
Sony’s focus with the Vita was to bring mobile gaming up-to-date, offering a console quality experience that you could take on the go. The Steam Deck of its time, if you will.
And while it definitely pulled that off in many ways, it was also, sadly, a commercial failure. It was priced quite highly for the time, and faced stiff competition from the Nintendo 3DS, which dominated the handheld market during its lengthy reign.
So, How Do I Get It?
Sadly, you don’t right now, as it’s still in the final stages of development for Android. You can be that we’ll write about it as soon as it launches, so we recommend checking back on Droid Gamers.
Until then, you can catch up on some PSP games by checking out our best Android PSP emulator list. You’re spoiled for choice where that platform is concerned.