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Downloading and Installing RetroArch for PlayStation Vita

PlayStation Vita

Note: You currently need the have custom firmware(HENkaku) to run RetroArch on your PlayStation Vita.

Prerequisites

This is probably the most straightforward way to install RetroArch.

  • HENkaku (latest version)
  • VitaShell

Downloading and Installing

We're gonna download two files to get the full experience. One of these files is the .vpk version of RetroArch and the other is the bundle package with assets.

Downloading

You can download a stable RetroArch by clicking here. If you want to install the Nightly version, you can also use this link.

From now on, there are two ways to download our assets. This option will affect your setup method. We're going use the bundle this time.

RetroArch's data

You can download RetroArch's data file from this link or nightly.

Bundle

You can download bundle file from this link.

Installing

Both installation methods will give you the same result. Nightly files will give you the latest developments. This is sometimes dangerous and sometimes innovative. We will use the Stable version and recommend it.

Installing with RetroArch's Data

Connect your PS Vita with your PC via VitaShell. Just move RetroArch folder inside downloaded data archive to PS Vita data directory. Move your RetroArch.vpk to root of your sdcard. Disconnect PS Vita from your PC. Enter the ux0: directory, you will see a lot of files, scroll down to the bottom until you see RetroArch.vpk. Press your selection key, it can be O or X. You may receive a warning asking for the reliability of the file you downloaded, if you downloaded this file from our channels, you can accept and continue.

Installing with Bundle

Connect your PS Vita with your PC via VitaShell. Move your RetroArch.vpk to root of your sdcard. Disconnect PS Vita from your PC. Enter the ux0:directory, you will see a lot of files, scroll down to the bottom until you see RetroArch.vpk. Press your selection key, it can be O or X. You may receive a warning asking for the reliability of the file you downloaded, if you downloaded this file from our channels, you can accept and continue.

Once the installation is complete, run the RetroArch once and you will see that Fonts and Images are missing. Close RetroArch and connect PS Vita to PC with VitaShell. Once you have made the connection, move the files of the downloaded Bundle archive todata/retroarch/. After successful file transfers, close the application and run RetroArch again.

Video Tutorial

Quick Video Demonstration