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Downloading and Installing RetroArch for PlayStation Vita

You need to have custom firmware(HENkaku) to run RetroArch on your PlayStation Vita. Hardware or software changes on your device may damage your device.

Prerequisites

This is probably the most straightforward way to install RetroArch.

  • HENkaku (latest version)1
  • VitaShell2

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 data package with assets. RetroArch.vpk by itself does not have any important assets. Thus, it is lighter than other versions. We will need the data file for the assets.

Downloading

Info

A Piglet/ShaccCg Wrapper Library for OpenGL ES 2.0 Support on the Vita. RetroArch Piglet is still WIP and not finished however you can try it but you will need PIB-Configuration-Tool.

You can download a stable RetroArch by clicking here. If you want to install the Nightly version, you can also use this link. Nightly files will give you the latest developments. This is sometimes dangerous and sometimes innovative. We will use the Stable version and recommend it. You can download RetroArch's data file from this link or nightly.

Info

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

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 action 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 data.7z archive to ux0:/data/retroarch/. After successful file transfers, close the application and run RetroArch again.

Info

If you want higher resolution you could use Sharpscale3 plugin.


Last update: 2021-08-30
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