How to install Vita3K on a Chromebook in 2024

In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing Vita3K on your Chromebook in 2024. Vita3K is an experimental PlayStation Vita emulator for Windows, Linux, and macOS, allowing you to play PS Vita games on your Chromebook. This tutorial is designed to complement our video guide, providing detailed written instructions for each step.

Important Prerequisites

Before we begin, please note that this tutorial is specifically for Chromebooks with Intel or AMD processors that support Linux Apps (Crostini). Unfortunately, this method won't work on Chromebooks with ARM64 architecture CPUs.

For information on installing necessary firmware and other prerequisites, please refer to the official Vita3K quickstart guide:

Installation Process

Follow these steps carefully to install Vita3K on your Chromebook:

  1. Open your Chromebook's terminal.
  2. Add 32-bit architecture support:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
  3. Update your package lists:
    sudo apt update
  4. Install necessary dependencies:
    sudo apt install libsdl2-2.0-0 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 mesa-vulkan-drivers mesa-vulkan-drivers:i386 fuse libnss3
  5. Download the Vita3K AppImage:
  6. Make the AppImage executable:
    chmod 755 Vita3K-x86_64.AppImage
  7. Run Vita3K with necessary environment variables:
    export MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=4.4 && export MESA_GLSL_VERSION_OVERRIDE=440 && ./Vita3K-x86_64.AppImage

Understanding the Installation Process

Let's break down what each step does:

  • Adding 32-bit architecture support is necessary because some of the required libraries are only available in 32-bit versions.
  • Updating package lists ensures we have access to the latest versions of the packages we need to install.
  • The dependencies we install include graphics libraries (libsdl2, mesa), Vulkan drivers, and other necessary components for running the emulator.
  • We're using an AppImage for Vita3K, which is a portable format that includes all necessary dependencies, making it easier to run on different Linux systems.
  • The environment variables we set (MESA_GL_VERSION_OVERRIDE and MESA_GLSL_VERSION_OVERRIDE) help ensure compatibility with the Chromebook's graphics system.

Video Tutorial

Additional Resources

For your convenience, we've prepared a Google Doc with all the commands used in this tutorial.

For more information about Vita3K, including compatibility lists and setup guides, visit the official Vita3K website.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you encounter any issues during the installation or while running Vita3K, try the following:

  • Ensure your Chromebook's Linux environment is up-to-date by running sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade before starting the installation process.
  • If you experience graphics-related issues, try updating your Chromebook's graphics drivers or adjusting the graphics settings within Vita3K.
  • Some games may require additional configuration or firmware files. Consult the Vita3K compatibility list for specific game requirements.


Installing Vita3K on your Chromebook opens up a world of PlayStation Vita games that you can now enjoy on your device. Remember that emulation performance can vary depending on your Chromebook's specifications and the particular game you're trying to run. Experiment with different settings to find the best balance of performance and visual quality for your system.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments section of our YouTube video. We're here to help!

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