The 7 Best PS Vita Apps to Download in 2019

Stream video, mix music, and more

PS Vita with app icons onscreen

Sure, the PS Vita is primarily a gaming platform, but it's got some more tricks up its sleeve. It can play music and surf the web, and it has a few apps that have nothing to do with gaming. You’ll recognize a few of them (Netflix and Crunchyroll, for example), while others are gaming companion apps. Here are the best PS Vita apps available for download.

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Twitch

Twitch app on a PS Vita screen
What We Like
  • Looks and works just like Twitch.

  • Snappy interface.

What We Don't Like
  • No touchscreen support.

  • Videos take time to load.

This video streaming service feels right at home on the Vita’s diminutive screen; the purple and white Twitch logo and interface will be familiar to anyone who has used Twitch on the web. You can search, browse a list of games, surf various channels of streaming content, and log in to your Twitch account all from the main screen.

Neither the touch screen nor the joysticks work in the Twitch app; instead, you’ll use the D-Pad to navigate to your menus and other selections, pressing the X button to select them. The app itself is fairly snappy, and while videos load slowly, they do appear after a short delay. 

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Netflix

Netflix app on PS Vita screen
What We Like
  • Touchscreen support.

  • Access to entire Netflix catalog.

What We Don't Like
  • Not very easy to use.

Similarly, the PS Vita Netflix app is useful if not as easy to use as, say, the streaming company’s mobile apps on iOS or Android. Still, if all you have is your PS Vita, you can stream all the Netflix content you want via the gaming handheld.

You can browse for titles on the main screen using the touch screen, D-Pad, or left joystick. Search the catalog with the triangle button to find just the right film or TV show to binge. The interface has ratings and info, just like modern mobile versions of Netflix. 

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Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll PS Vita app
What We Like
  • Access to anime catalog.

  • Can watch free with ads.

  • Can sign up for a free trial on Vita.

What We Don't Like
  • No touchscreen support.

This anime-streaming app works well on the Vita, as well. You can browse and search for your favorite anime titles using the shoulder buttons, D-Pad, or left joystick. The touch screen doesn’t work here, either, but the interface is a bit more responsive than the previous two entries above, and videos are a little faster to load.

If you’re a serious fan of the anime art form, this app will keep you pretty happy on your PS Vita. You can watch videos for free with ads, or log in to your Premium account. There’s also a 14-day trial you can access on the Vita screen. 

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Imaginstruments

Imaginstruments PS Vita app
What We Like
  • Fun to make music with Vita.

  • Easy to learn.

What We Don't Like
  • A bit primitive.

This quirky little music-making app may seem somewhat primitive now that you can get professional-level sequencers for your iOS or Android device, but it’s a fun diversion from gaming on your PS Vita.

The main interface consists of two sections, one with drums and pre-made keyboard sequences, and one with bass sequences. On the drum/keyboard screen, you tap the screen up and down a column to choose how that specific instrument sounds (bass drum, hi-hat, snare, cymbal, keyboard).

On the bass screen, you tap buttons to choose the specific sound and sequence while moving the symbol around onscreen to change its parameters. You can change the main note the bass sound hovers around (called a “keynote”), too. A settings button lets you set the scale and tempo on the fly. 

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WeatherNation

WeatherNation app on PS Vita
What We Like
  • You can see the local weather.

  • It's unique.

What We Don't Like
  • Several features don't work.

  • Quirky interface.

While this weather app has a few bugs and a quirky design sense, it does indeed show the weather. The app starts by asking for your zip code or city to set a “home” screen. This doesn’t seem to work, and after a few failed attempts, it lets you skip. Once you do, you’re taken to the main screen of whatever zip code you failed at entering in the interface. It’s weird but still usable.

You’ll see the temperature, “feels like” rating, and precipitation overview, with a high/low readout and a percent chance of precipitation on the left-hand side of the screen. To the right, you can watch a live weather video from a random location, or pre-recorded videos in a Weather On Demand section. The sound is distorted, with the former, but the latter is fun to see. You can pull up a rain, ice, and snow radar map, too. You can zoom in and out on the map with the PS Vita shoulder buttons. 

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Wake-up Club

Wake-up Club app on a PS Vita
What We Like
  • Clever idea.

  • Fun way to wake up.

What We Don't Like
  • No community.

  • Needs internet access for community features.

This clever app is a social alarm clock app that gamifies how well you wake up compared to other users. Whether or not there are others out there using this app is questionable, of course, but the Wake-up Club app still works nicely.

It will track how many “successful” wake-ups (defined by you turning off the alarm within 5 minutes of it sounding) you and other users have completed in a row, and will place you on a leaderboard based on how many times you’ve done that in a row. You set up an alarm time, repetition, sound and volume, then decide whether it will be a regular alarm or a Club alarm.

If you choose the latter, you'll need to stay connected to the internet and leave the Vita on the app screen while you sleep. The standard alarm doesn't require a network connection. The app also has a timer you can use, with big, easy-to-read numbers on it and virtual buttons you can use to set the time increment. If you want to gamify your alarm clock or just use your Vita as one, Wake-up Club is the way to go. 

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LiveTweet

LiveTweet app on PS Vita
What We Like
  • It's literally Twitter on your Vita.

  • Search, browse, and reply functionality.

What We Don't Like
  • GIFs are static.

This app is exactly what you’d think: a Twitter client for the PS Vita. You can log in with your Twitter account, then browse your main feed, see your direct messages and @-replies, and check out the lists you make or follow. You can even perform a Twitter search or tap through to various trending hashtags. You can tweet to your followers, too, using the onscreen keyboard.

The touch screen, D-Pad, and left joystick all navigate through the interface, while the gaming buttons do various things, too, like clicking through to hashtags and user names. Photos are supported, too, but GIFs are relegated to a static frame. Still, if you need your Twitter fix on your PS Vita, LiveTweet is a fairly full-featured way to do it.