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

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24w 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...
 

Delve Into the Dysfunctional World of Danganronpa on PS Vita

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24w ago - NIS America Marketing Coordinator David Alonzo invites PlayStation 3 fans to delve into the dysfunctional world of Danganronpa on PS Vita.

To quote: *BRRIIINNNGGG* Attention students, class is now in session. Visiting professor David from Prinny University here (AKA NIS America) to give you a little lesson on Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, which launches on February 11th in North America exclusively for PlayStation Vita.

Trigger Happy Havoc is a revamped edition of the very first Danganronpa that appeared on PSPs in Japan in 2010, and now includes updated graphics, touchscreen functionality, and a new game mode. Now get your thinking hats on, because murder's afoot, and you're going to need more than a #2 pencil to survive the tests this high school's got in store for you.

Imagine attending the most elite high school in the country, Hope's Peak Academy, where only the best students get their education. Your classmates include the Ultimate Swimming Pro, the Ultimate Fashionista, and the Ultimate Baseball Star. And then there's our main character, Makoto Naegi, who's not much of an Ultimate anything.

It's hard enough trying to find your niche in a regular high school, but when it's revealed that the students have been locked in by the headmaster of this school - a psychotic...
 

Roll7 Announces OlliOlli Launches Today for PlayStation Vita

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24w ago - Roll7 Director Tom Hegarty announces that OlliOlli launches today for PlayStation Vita with details below.

To quote: OlliOlli is out today, exclusive to PlayStation Vita for $12.99. Those of you with a PlayStation Plus account will get a 20% discount on that price for the first week.

We're super chuffed (yes, chuffed, we're chuffed), we can't wait to get your feedback and see what scores you post, especially on the Daily Grind. We're giving you a five-day head start before Nikos, our senior coder, is allowed near a Vita and starts busting some serious high-scoring moves. You have been warned...

Once everyone has trained up enough and we start to see some ludicrous scores, we'll be running a competition to see who can get the highest score on a particular day of the Daily Grind. The lucky winner will receive one of our exclusive (There's literally only two of them!) OlliOlli Skateboard, Helmet, and MANDATORY First Aid Safety kit, but more about that soon!

We really hope you enjoy OlliOlli. We poured a lot of love, time, and devotion into this project, and we hope that shows!

If you fancy any tips and advice on how to rack up some radical scores, then do check out our Creative Director John Ribbins displaying his uber skills in [Register or Login to view links]
 

PS Vita Play: 4 New PS Vita Games, PS Plus Discounts and More

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24w ago - Sony Platform Marketing Sharon Kapitula posted up details on 4 new PS Vita Games today alongside some PS Plus discounts and more as part of their PS Vita Play update below.

To quote: Hello! Since 2014 is a brand new year, we wanted to introduce a brand new PlayStation Store program to start it off with a bang. I'm excited to announce PS Vita PLAY, our new four-week program featuring a rad lineup of PS Vita games, exclusive discounts for PS Plus members and special offers.

Each week for the next four weeks on PS Store, a new PS Vita game will be released as part of the PS Vita PLAY promotion. If you are a PlayStation Plus member, you will receive a 20% discount on each PS Vita PLAY game during the launch week of each respective game. As an added bonus, anyone who purchases two or more PS Vita PLAY games from January 21st through February 17th will receive a bonus SEN wallet credit.

• Buy any 4 PS Vita PLAY games to get $10
• Buy any 3 PS Vita PLAY games to get $6
• Buy any 2 PS Vita PLAY games to get $3

Over the next four weeks, you'll get to skate like a pro, blast Kamehameha waves, clean the world in style and rock a colorfully modern take on a classic arcade shooter. What am I talking about?! Check the lineup below:

Title / Launch Week / PS Plus...
 

Necrosoft Games: How to Kick Butt in Gunhouse on PlayStation Vita

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25w ago - Necrosoft Games Director Brandon Sheffield reveals how to kick butt in Gunhouse on PS Vita today!

To quote: Hey pals! I'm happy to announce that Gunhouse is available now on PlayStation Mobile! We've got music by Disasterpeace of Fez fame, code by the guy that made [Register or Login to view links], and design by yours truly.

I'm here to give you some Hot Tips to excel at Gunhouse, which is a pseudo-turn-based, puzzle game/tower defense sort of hybrid. The aim of Gunhouse is to protect your precious orphans from these mechanical alien invaders, who want to eat your dang orphans. Why!? Who would do such a thing?

What you have to do in a nutshell, is make big ammo blocks within the puzzle grid inside the house. Slide smaller blocks to the left and right - you can slide as many or as few smaller blocks as you like, and use the power of gravity to fuse four similar blocks into a 2X2 big block! Or 2X3! Or if you're a super pro, 6X3!

Then you have to slide blocks to the left to load the guns on the front of your house. You can also slide blocks to the right to load special attacks on the back of your house. Once the door shuts on your puzzle grid, it's time for action.

Enemies will come from the left side of the screen, and you tap your...
 
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