Last month, it emerged that Rinnegatamante and TheFlow were working on porting Grand Theft Auto III to the PlayStation Vita with swift progress resulting in an official port being released last week! However, things didn’t end there as Rinnegatamante is working on getting Grand Theft Auto: Vice City running on the console as well with good results.
Rinnegatamante working on porting Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to the PSVita
As Rinnegatamante regularly shares his progress on Twitter, it is no secret that he’s been working on getting GTA: VC to work on the PlayStation Vita with efforts dating back to at least October 23rd. Like the GTA III port on the console, the GTA: VC port is based upon the re3 engine but on the ‘miami’ branch rather than on the ‘master’ branch.
Before one gets their hopes up though, it is important to state that the re3 ‘miami’ branch, or reVC as some are calling it, is still WIP meaning that GTA VC’s game engine isn’t fully implemented yet despite being pretty close to GTA III’s. As a result, current porting efforts to both the Nintendo Switch (reVC-nx) and the PlayStation Vita (re3-miami-vita) need to wait on the folks working on the re3 engine itself before providing a proper GTA VC experience.
What is the current status of GTA VC on the PSVita?
As per a recent tweet by Rinnegatamante, his efforts in porting the currently-unfinished ‘miami’ branch of re3 seem to be going pretty well. Thanks to a temporary solution he’s been able to devise for stuttering issues & freezes, Grand Theft Auto Vice City is currently running at around 30-40FPS on the PSVita which might be a tad better than the recently released GTA 3 port.
While the above is all positive news, it does not point to a fully playable port being released any time soon because as was mentioned earlier, the re3 ‘miami’ branch that the Vita port is based upon is still WIP. However, Rinnegatamante’s efforts will definitely make a playable GTA VC port appear on the PSVita sooner since Vita-specific work is being taken care of!
To get the most recent updates relating to Grand Theft Auto Vice City on the PSVita, it is recommended to follow Rinnegatamante’s Twitter while also checking out his Twitch where he sometimes does live-streams of working on Vita homebrew!
Rinnegatamante’s Twitter (updates): https://twitter.com/Rinnegatamante
Rinnegatamante’s Twitch (live streams of Rinnegatamante working on Vita homebrew): https://www.twitch.tv/rinnegatamante
Rinnegatamante’s Patreon (monetary donations): https://www.patreon.com/Rinnegatamante