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Anyone still using their Vita for emulation? I gave it a go when Henkaku was new and found it a bit hit and miss, with lots of messing around FTPing files to the console. That must be over a year ago now, anyone still doing this? Has it improved since back then?

 

Still in the market for a decent emulator handheld having returned the JXD due to terrible battery life and other issues. Meanwhile my Vita is gathering dust. N64 games on the Vita would be amazing on the train.

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I bought a Vita partly because it was coming to the end of its life (it's only really the Japanese market keeping it alive), Sony will stop updating it and it can be properly modded. The big problem as I see it is the memory cards aren't going to be coming down in price, and I'd want a 32gb one really. My PSP gets so much use for NES, GB/GBC and Megadrive, it's just great. If the Vita could take up the mantle I'd be very happy. Those bloody memory cards though :(.

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1 hour ago, dumpster said:

Anyone still using their Vita for emulation? I gave it a go when Henkaku was new and found it a bit hit and miss, with lots of messing around FTPing files to the console. That must be over a year ago now, anyone still doing this? Has it improved since back then?

 

Still in the market for a decent emulator handheld having returned the JXD due to terrible battery life and other issues. Meanwhile my Vita is gathering dust. N64 games on the Vita would be amazing on the train.

 

I have only tested a SNES game and a Megadrive game it seemed pretty good. You can use USB now for transferring files so you don't have to faff with FTP. I don't think it can go N64. Weirdly enough it looks like the PSP emulators are better than the native Vita ones <_<

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15 minutes ago, Vimster said:

It's only the Slim model that has proper USB isn't it?

I have a phat and using the USB cable that comes with it i can plug it into my PC as the latest version of Vitashell supports mass storage transfers.

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15 hours ago, Ninja Doctor said:

yep USB now though with the forthcoming Enso update you will be able to use a gamecart to micro SD adapter. A much cheaper way to 128GB. 

Excellent. I did read someone tried to do an adapter using the memory card to no avail. This sounds promising.

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This is very good news.  There were a couple of issues I had that stopped me using the Vita for emulation - the FTP was a hassle and the cost of the memory cards was insane.  USB solves the biggest gripe and the PSP emulation side is amazing.  So, assuming you could get a 128Mb memory card without paying stupid money you would have a machine that allows you to carry with you a perfectly emulated collection of Playstation1, PSP, Vita, Snes, MD, GBA and so on.

 

This development could make the Vita the best thing ever - assuming that I never press the wrong button and update the firmware.

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  • 2 years later...

I'm really struggling to get anything running at a playable speed on retroarch MAME.. even the simplest of 80s titles have choppy sound and run dog slow.

Has anybody managed to get any ROMs working well? Just to have the likes of ghosts n goblins, rastan, bubble bobble etc. would be great.

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