102w ago - Following up on the rumor from last week that a PlayStation Vita Hello World was achieved through a PSP Save Game exploit, today established PSP hacker wololo has confirmed it and stated that a Half-Byte Loader (HBL) is incoming!
To quote: Last week, an exploit on the PS Vita through the PSP emulator was announced by Mamosuke. The exploit was found by Teck4, and, we won't stress it enough, is a PSP exploit that gives us user mode access within the PSP emulator on the Vita. So this is not a Vita exploit per se, but it's still very cool.
Mamosuke confirmed this with a video a few days ago, and today I was able to confirm the exploit myself as shown in the video below (and I must admit that I spent way too much time working on that basic flame effect). The video below shows the exploit running on both a PSP 1000 and the PS Vita.
Here's also a screenshot since there is not autofocus on my stupid camera.
I spent a good amount of time today confirming some of my hopes that it will be possible to run HBL, at least to some extent, with that exploit. It doesn't mean I have ported HBL to the Vita yet, but I have strong hopes this will be possible. A handful of hackers are working on bringing HBL to the Vita (I won't mention their names here as I don't know if they want to be contacted on the subject), and it should be "relatively" easy to get something to work fairly soon.
(It should be noted though that the Vita is quite sensitive and crashed on me several times when it went into "sleep" mode from the exploit screen from there - am I just paranoid? - it seems it is impossible to reboot the machine for almost 10 minutes, which made me think I had bricked my vita could it be a anti-hacking security? If the console detects several crashes, it takes longer to boot, in order to prevent brusteforce types of attacks?)
I won't discuss any release yet, it doesn't depend on me only (this is, after all, Teck4′s exploit), but if I have my opinion to give on the subject, I would suggest to wait until the Vita is released in Europe and in the US. This gives us some time to polish HBL on this device, and hopefully the vulnerabilities we use to run HBL won't have been patched by then.
This is of course just a challenge with little to no practical interest once we publicly reveal the exploit (in particular, the game used in it), it will be extremely easy for Sony to patch it (or remove the game from the Playstation Store), so probably only a few people will be able to benefit from it but only time will tell, there is still hope, after all, that Sony doesn't care about a tool that allows us to run user mode psp homebrews in a sandboxed emulator.
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Update: Sony has now released http://djp01.psp2.update.playstation.net/update/psp2/image/2011_1222/rel_48ac631ecae3837a7530506de0d73eaf/PSP2UPDAT.PUP, and although no official changelog is available according to http://www.jp.playstation.com/psvita/update/ the update fixes an issue with Dynasty Warriors Next that prevented players from progressing further.
With the Japanese release of PlayStation Vita slated for tomorrow, Sony has now released a PS Vita 1.50 Firmware update which allows for PSN feature access including the PlayStation Store alongside a Content Manager Assistant application for updating via PC.
Some PS Vita Disassembled Pictures revealing the internal components are also available, and http://andriasang.com/comzdz/vita_game_manuals/ also reports that the PlayStation Vita games ship without instruction manuals as it appears Sony is ditching a paper manual in favor of an in-game digital manual.
The package includes a single sheet of paper showing warning messages and details on a firmware update that's included on the card.
To quote from Sony's official PS Vita site: PlayStation Vita System Software Update - System software version 1.50 for PlayStation Vita Update
From 17 December 2011 and began updating the system software version 1.50. To become available and some features of the PlayStation Network features, updates the system software of PS Vita (Update) is required.
PS Vita also system software, by updating, adding and security can be enhanced many features. Please use the update to the latest version.
For more information on the latest system software features of the http://manuals.playstation.net/document/jp/psvita/index.html please visit.
Interestingly, the guide reveals that users can now take screenshots during gameplay, which are saved as an image to their PlayStation Vita Memory Stick.
How to Update
By one of the following methods, you can update the system software on PS Vita:
Update using a Wi-Fi - Wi-updates with the PS Vita-Fi. (http://www.jp.playstation.com/psvita/update/ud_wifi.html)
Connected to the PS3 update - Using the network function of PS3, the latest update file download over the Internet. (http://www.jp.playstation.com/psvita/update/ud_ps3.html)
Connected to the PC and update - Using computer networking capabilities, download the latest updates via the Internet. (http://www.jp.playstation.com/psvita/update/ud_pc.html)
PS Vita card to update - If the PS Vita card data includes updates to update using the PS Vita card. (http://www.jp.playstation.com/psvita/update/ud_card.html)
After updating, the home screen of PS Vita Setting (Settings)> [start]> [System]> [System Information and tap. [System Software] If the data is displayed and updated version, and has been updated correctly.
And update the system software update to connect to PlayStation Vita PC
Connected to the PC and update
Using computer networking capabilities, download the latest updates via the Internet. To update your system, you must keep the following states in advance the target computer.
Keep connected to the Internet
Administrative Assistant to the content you download / install the administrative assistant for PlayStation content can be downloaded from the Web site: http://cma.dl.playstation.net/cma/
1. PC, to determine whether to launch a content management assistant. You can check the computer's system tray.
2. Connect the USB cable to PC and PS Vita.
3. In the PS Vita, Setting (Settings)> [start]> [System Update]> [to be updated by connecting to a PC] to tap. Using computer networking capabilities, download the latest updates via the Internet. Please follow the instructions on the screen then.
Content Manager Assistant
Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation is a computer application that enables data transfer between a PS Vita system and a computer. By installing it on your computer, you can do things like copy content from your computer to your PS Vita system and back up data from your PS Vita system to your computer.
Backing up saved data and application data (game data) - You can back up the saved data for games played on your PS Vita system, and the application data (game data) for games purchased from PlayStation Store to your computer.
Copying music, image, and video files - You can display lists of music, image, and video files stored on your computer and transfer them to your PS Vita system. You can also transfer music, image, and video files in the opposite direction.
Backing up system files - You can back up system files saved on the PS Vita memory card or in system memory to your computer.
Performing a system update of the PS Vita system - When a Wi-Fi access point is not available, you can perform a system update of the PS Vita system using a computer that can connect to the Internet.
For detailed operating instructions for each feature, and for information about other features, see the http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/psvita/cm/index.html for the PS Vita system.
Installation and Uninstallation
Download the installation file (above) and save the file on your desktop or in a convenient folder. When the downloaded file is launched, the installation screen for Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation will appear. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform the installation.
During the installation process, dialog boxes might appear that direct you to download components (additional software) needed to operate Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation. If this happens, follow the on-screen instructions to download the components.
After the installation is complete, a message for creating the database for the PS Vita system will appear when Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation is launched for the first time.
After the installation is complete, if a dialog box like the one shown below appears, click [x] in the upper right of the dialog box to close it.
From the Windows control panel, select “Add or Remove Programs” (if using Windows XP) or “Programs and Features” (if using Windows Vista or Windows 7), and remove the program shown below.
Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation
PS Vita system
PS Vita system (system software version 1.00 or later)
Computer running a Microsoft Windows operating system
One of the following operating systems:
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later (32-bit version only)
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later (32-bit or 64-bit version)
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (32-bit or 64-bit version) or later
1 GHz processor or greater
At least 150 MB of free space on the hard disk
At least 512 MB of RAM
Internet Explorer 7.0 or later
Windows Media Format Runtime 11 or later (for Windows XP) (included in the installation)
Windows Media Player 11 (for Windows Vista)
Media Feature Pack (for Windows 7 N and Windows 7 KN)
A USB 2.0-compatible port (used for connecting the PS Vita system)
An Internet connection
Operations on custom-built computers are not guaranteed.
How to Access the PS Vita Recovery Menu
The PlayStation Vita Recovery Menu offers users several tools to fix corrupt system files, upgrade your firmware, format memory stick and more. It is a powerful tool and several features should be used with caution as they can remove all your settings, as well as all of your saved information.
Turn OFF your PS Vita (Press Power Button for 10 seconds)
Now press and hold “R” + Power + PS (PlayStation Button)
Now you’re in Recovery Menu (Mode)
PS Vita Recovery Menu Options
1. Restart System
This option boots your system as normal without changing any settings or files.
2. Rebuild Database
This can be a useful feature if you have lost files on your system for no apparent reason. Try using this feature to see if it can restore those files. This will also rewrite corrupted files within the database, potentially eliminating future issues. This feature should not erase any of your saved data or settings.
Deletes messages, playlists, changes made on “Information” screens, trimming information for pictures in “Photo”, video thumbnails, video playback history and video resume information. This operation may take a long time depending on the type and number of data items.
3. Format the memory card
This will format the memorycard, effectively erasing all data currently on it.
4. Restore PS Vita System
This will restore your system to original including, formatting and erasing all of the data on internal flash and returning all system settings to default. This will not take your system back to a previous Firmware release. Use this option as a last resort, unless you have nothing on the console that you want or you want to erase everything on the console, do not use this option.
5. System Update
This can useful if your system has become corrupted to the point you can not boot. This will allow the user to update their console with new firmware via PS3, PC or PS Vita memorycard.
PS Vita Hidden System Menu
This PlayStation Vita hidden system menu is present on both PS3 and PSP, and includes the product code, release build, and other internal version strings. To access it, do the following via EmuOnPSP.net:
Go to Settings > System > System Information
Press simultaneously R1 + L1 + DPad Left + Square for a few seconds
Release those buttons then immediately press the start button (and keep it held)