PS Vita System Software Update v2.10 Arrives, New Folder System
Following up on their previous Firmware update, Sony Product Planning & Platform Software Innovation Director Don Mesa has announced that PS Vita System Software update v2.10 is incoming and includes a new folder system.
The new folder system allows users to organize their games and apps, and as expected patches the recently released Apache Overkill exploit and purportedly blocks Open CMA for those on PS Vita Firmware 2.10 according to mixed reports.
Coming later this evening is the next system software update for PS Vita. We've listened to your feedback and have included many improvements to make your PS Vita experience much more enjoyable, such as adding a new folder system that allows you to organize your games and apps.
Here's a look at some of the new enhancements you can expect with software update v.2.10:
• Create folders to more easily manage your favorite application icons on the home screen, with up to 10 icons in each folder and a maximum of 100 on the home screen (including icons inside the folders).
• Verify which PS Vita card you are using by looking at the home screen's info bar. You can also save the layout of your home screen icons in the memory card.
• Added video support allows you to play videos within the browser (memory card required; some videos are not supported).
• New email enhancements allows you to view HTML messages, add multiple email addresses to your contacts, and easily search your messages using the new search feature.
• PlayStation Plus members will be able to automatically update PlayStation Mobile format software and upload game save data onto online storage using 3G connection.
• New "Mute Automatically" option will mute your PS Vita speakers when your headset is unplugged and pause your music when using the music app.
For additional information on PS Vita update v2.10, including how to update your system, please visit [Register or Login to view links] when the update goes live.
As always, let us know what you think about the new enhancements in the comment section below.
From wololo (via wololo.net/2013/04/10/mandatory-vita-2-10-update-live-and-blocks-apache-overkill-exploit/):
As usually Sony has a grudge against Vita users playing their retro games and harmless homebrews and have blocked VHBL on Firmware 2.06 with the usermode Apache Overkill exploit. So if you would like to keep your exploit do not update or it will no longer work.
If you plan on updating you may want to delete your homebrew using PSPFILER to conserve space; if a new usermode exploit happens to be released it will still be there if you decide to not delete it. Open CMA should still be working as normal too.
Update: It seems some reports are coming in that Open CMA no longer works on 2.10 and above but is working on lower firmwares. We will look into this further and see what can be done.
Finally, below is the complete PlayStation Vita 2.10 changelog, as follows:
• You can now manage icons on the home screen in folders.
• An icon now appears on the info bar when a PS Vita card is inserted.
• You can now watch streaming videos on a web page – To watch streaming videos, a memory card must be inserted in your PS Vita system (some types of videos cannot be played).
• Email messages in HTML format can now be displayed – You can enlarge and read email messages that are in HTML format. When reading the message, double tap the screen to zoom in. The area around the spot you double tap is enlarged. Double tap the screen again to zoom out and return the message to its original size. You can also zoom in by pinching the screen out and zoom out by pinching the screen in.
• Up to five email addresses can now be added to a single contact – Tap (Contact List) > (Options) and follow the on-screen instructions.
• [Body] has been added as a search target for email messages.
• When you tap [Other] to add an email account, the information you add has been simplified.
• Folder assignments of email accounts support IMAP have been improved.
• All contacts can now be deleted at once. You can delete the contact list after tapping (Options) > [Settings] > [Format Application Database] to delete the account.
• [Mute Automatically] has been added under [Sound & Display] as an option – When this setting is turned on and headphones are disconnected from the headset jack, audio from the PS Vita system’s speakers is automatically muted. To restore the original volume, press the VOL + button or the VOL – button. When listening to music under (Music), tap (Play).
• The number of applications you can control using the buttons on the PS Vita system has been increased.
• [Use Wi-Fi in Power Save Mode] has been added under [Power Save Settings] as an option.
• [Disconnect Wi-Fi Connection Automatically] under [Network] > [Wi-Fi Settings] has been removed.
• Update files for your purchased PlayStation Mobile format software can now be automatically downloaded. To use this feature, a subscription to PlayStation Plus is necessary. Tap the (Settings) > [Start] > [PlayStation Network] > [Automatic Update Settings] > [Update Automatically] checkbox to set a checkmark (a connection to the Internet using a Wi-Fi connection might be required to automatically update).
• When reporting content purchased from PlayStation Mobile as inappropriate, details can now be included.
• Multiple contacts can now be selected at once when a new message is created. Contacts can be selected from [Friends] and [Party].
• Still images can now be displayed in high resolution when enlarged.
• You can now upload or download saved data for games to (Online Storage) using a mobile network. To use this feature, a subscription to PlayStation Plus is necessary.
• When you copy PS Vita format software from a PS3 system, you can now check whether update data is available and automatically download it (the system software of the PS3 system must be version 4.40 or later).
• You can now add a name to PS Vita system backup data when saving it to a PS3 system or a computer (Windows/Mac) – The system software of the PS3 system must be version 4.40 or later (the Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation on your computer must be updated.
So - they've added folders but the total amount of icons (100) remains the same??? What a WASTE of time and effort - it will be actually WORSE as I have already reached the full limit of 100 icons and adding subfolders would mean that some of the actual icons / apps / games would need to be deleted. What idiot designed that?
Videos: PS Vita Firmware 2.10 Hello World and VHBL Demos, TN-V v3
Following up on Sony's recent PS Vita Firmware 2.10 release, PlayStation Vita hacker The Z has shared some videos of a Hello World and VHBL running on it alongside news of TN-V v3 incoming.
Below are the details via Wololo, to quote: It is no secret that PS Vita scene member The Z has a PSP hack available and running on the Vita. He actually mentioned that a while ago back when 2.06 was the latest and greatest.
Today, as firmware 2.10 was announced then quickly made available, we got the usual flow of questions: Have exploits been patched? Does VHBL still work? Will TN save the world from the Giant Crab?
Well at least now we can at least answer one of those, as The Z was quick to confirm that his current exploit is still alive on PS Vita 2.10, as shown in the video below.
Don’t get too excited though. This is, as is now the tradition, “only” a usermode exploit inside of the PSP emulator, running through an undisclosed PSP game, and The Z has not announced anything about a release.
To some of you, this might sound like a broken record now, but new people join the vita scene everyday and I’m sure to newcomers, or people who made the difficult choice to update, it’s always good to know things are, or will be available.
And if it sounds to you like anybody could come up with a PSP usermode exploit these days... well, yes, it’s true , but it didn’t use to always be the case!
PS Vita hack: VHBL running on PS Vita 2.10
In the video below, The Z showcases a PS Vita on Firmware 2.10 running Wagic (heroic fantasy card game homebrew, by yours truly) and Emumaster (Masterboy), a Sega Master System and Game Boy color emulator (in the video, running one of the bazillions of video games of the Pokemon franchise).
The Z mentions that he is actively working on this VHBL port, and will be trying to improve compatibility and show more homebrews in the days to come.
This looks like it’s already pretty advanced though, so let’s hope for good news. The Z did not provide any word on a release date yet.
Update: VHBL: The Z’s exploit only available in EU stores, release postponed?
We’ve mentioned recently that The Z is in possession of a PSP user mode exploit in an undisclosed game, and that he has a VHBL port ready for the game. A few days ago, The Z shared some good and some bad news...
VHBL is a PSP homebrew loader for the Playstation Vita, a tool that allows you to run PSP homebrews inside the PS Vita’s playstation emulator. VHBL has the particularity to only require a psp user mode exploit to run, and was designed to be as easy as possible to port, but its low entry bar also comes with limitations (it will only run psp homebrews, not plugins or isos).
The Z had announced a few weeks ago that he has a running port of VHBL, and he confirmed recently that his port is complete, and could be released any time soon.
Sadly, the PSP game he uses as a vector for his exploit is only available in EU stores (and Australia), in particular it is not available in the US or in JP. This means that only people with an account in a European location would be able to use this exploit. It’s relatively easy to set up an account in another location and to buy PSN credits, but Sony has made it a pain to switch between accounts on the Vita.
The Z announced he would probably release his port for a future Vita firmware (not 2.1x), depending on the importance of releasing a VHBL port at the time (which I understand as: if something better comes up, such as a new release of CEF, he will probably not bother)
TN-V v3 Coming Soon
Yet again Total_Noob’s popular Custom Emulator Firmware TN-V will be receiving an update.
After the release of TN-V awhile back and the recent release of the TN-V v2 update Total_Noob is continuing to work on his 6.60 Custom Emulator Firmware TN-V to make it a better experience.
TN-V v3 will be arriving along some time in the near future although we have no specific date at the time. The update will once again most likely be OTA, so you’ll only have to go “Network Update” in the XMB to get the latest update.
Right now, we can confirm that TN-V v3 will fix the red screen (C1-2858-3) error and compatibility with Super Collapse 3 and Urbanix Japan exploits completely. If you do happen to have one of those exploits Total_Noob is looking for some beta testers, you can PM him on the Talk forums.
TN-V v3 will also bring another requested feature and will support patched ISOs (Prometheus). As for other features and fixes, we don’t have a full list at the moment but will update you as soon as it becomes available.
Update 2: TN-V v3 is now available below, with details on the changes as follows:
The update is OTA so all you have to do to update is navigate to ‘Network Update’ in the XMB or alternatively you can find a download below (Install it like a homebrew). Thanks again to Total_Noob for his hard work and dedication.