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Video: PS Vita Dual Firmware Boot Proof-of-Concept Demo Arrives

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40w ago - Today Sony PlayStation Vita hacker Katsu released a VPS Vita Dual Firmware Boot Proof-of-Concept demo video with details below.

To quote: It didn’t take long for Yifan Lu’s investigations to become useful for other hardware hackers! Our community member katsu, guided by Yifan’s precise description of the Vita’s NAND pinouts, was able to hack his PS Vita in order to boot from a previous firmware, technically performing something very similar to a downgrade. Check the video below, it’s cool and full of “electronicsporn”, like your favorite cyberpunk movie.

What katsu did was dump his firmware 2.12 (on the NAND), probably using Yifan Lu’s technique. He then copied that Firmware dump to an SD card. In the meantime, he upgraded the PS Vita to firmware 3.01. On the video, you see him inserting his SD card in a reader connected to the Vita. The Vita then reads the content of the SD card (the firmware 2.12 he dumped earlier) instead of its own 3.01 NAND.

What the hell does all of that mean? First of all, that Yifan Lu’s little experiment in the hardware world is proving successful, by providing inspiration and documentation for other talented hardware modders.

Secondly, that downgrading a PS Vita is a possibility under certain...
 

DarkPS3Tools V1.10 - PS3 DarkEboot Fixer Update Now Available

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43w ago - Following up on my last revision, I (DarkGiovy) have updated DarkPS3Tools V1.00 to DarkPS3Tools V1.10 now with the changes below.

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DarkPS3Tools V1.10 Changelog:

  • Fixed compatibility problems with Windows 7 32Bit and Windows 8
  • Added detection of CFW at startup of the tool (only at first start)
  • Adjusted imperfections of GUI

Enjoy!


 

DarkPS3Tools V1.00 - PS3 DarkEboot Fixer Update Now Available

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43w ago - Following up on my last revision, I have updated PS3 DarkEboot Fixer to a PlayStation 3 homebrew application I call DarkPS3Tools V1.00 now with the changes below.

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DarkPS3Tools V1.00: DarkPS3Tools is new version of DarkEbootFixer, I decided to change, given that I rewrite 60% of the tool. The tool is extremely simple to use, and all processes are almost completely automatic.

DarkPS3Tools V1.00 Changelog:

  • Tool rewritten for 60% and lightened, was also reorganized the GUI.
  • Added function to unban the console, you will provide a Unbanned console ID every day.
  • New file system choice.
  • Added fw detect key and, depending on the chosen firmware.
  • New extraction system for PKG
  • Rewritten process autofix of PKG
  • Submitted Decrypt / Encrypt SDAT and EDAT v3/v4
  • Submitted Resign SDAT and EDAT v3/v4
  • Added option Finalize PKG
  • Rewritten process of Self-resign and SPRX

And many little features...


 

ReActPSN v3.02 and 3.10 Out: Direct-Boot Any PS3 Game from XMB

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43w ago - Following up on his previous revision, ReActPSN has now been updated to version 3.02 followed by 3.10 from PlayStation 3 developer reactpsn (originally by ccregame) which allows users to direct-boot any PS3 game from the XMB and more as outlined below.

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Changelogs:

ReActPSN v3.02

  • Added support CFW4.53

ReActPSN v3.10

  • Add GMmount, direct boot all games is possible (added new payload named GMmount, Direct boot any game from XMB is possible)
  • This version support max 9 directboot games, include 7 last played games, 1 HDD0 new game, 1 USB new game.
  • Very simple to use, put the game to boot on an external hard disk, then run reActPSN.
  • Start the new game directly under the original disc icon.

ReActPSN V3.10 Quick Start Guide

Basic function

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Videos: PlayStation 4 First Time Bootup and Setup, PS4 Loading Games

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50w ago - Following up on the influx of PS4 UI videos, below are some more PS4 videos today from IGN detailing how the first time bootup and setup of PlayStation 4 looks alongside a demo video of PS4's fast-loading games.

To quote: PS4: BOOTING IT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME

We show you what the PlayStation 4 will look like when you bring it home and boot it up for the first time.





PS4'S FAST-LOADING GAMES (DEMO) - IGN LIVE PRESENTS: PS4 PRE-LAUNCH PARTY

Here's one thing to love about the PlayStation 4 - booting up games can be really fast. Watch as we hop in and out of Killzone, and the home interface.






 
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