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The PlayStation Vita is a handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to the PlayStation Portable as part of the PlayStation brand of gaming devices. It was released in Japan and parts of Asia on December 17, 2011, in Europe, North America, South America and Singapore on February 22, 2012, and in Australia on February 23, 2012. It primarily competes with the Nintendo 3DS, as part of the eighth generation of gaming. A limited edition was re... View more [Wikipedia]

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    Splatterhouse 5PlayStation Vita

    2 months ago

    I often think that owning one of these is what it must have felt like to own a Turbo Grafx-16 or an Atari Lynx back in the day. There's actually a lot of worthwhile software for it, but you do have to make an effort to recognize it, and then find it. If not for the internet, I probably wouldn't have been aware of most of its library.

    Silent Gamer I love my Vita. I just wish I had more time to play it.

    2 months ago

    Splatterhouse 5 What's funny is that it's not necessarily that I don't have the time to play it, but I'm simply more drawn to the home consoles when I'm home, and it's a rarity that I have substantial enough time out and about to REALLY sink time into handheld gaming. Hehe...it seriously takes me forever to get thru an RPG on the Vita. I love using it when I do get around to it though, and I have this weird "support the underdog" attitude towards it.

    2 months ago

    Silent Gamer I always favoured the Vita, because I could play it in bed, lol Many a night spent under the covers playing Danganronpa and Persona

    2 months ago

    Gries HePlayStation Vita

    1 year ago

    What are the best, most important, critically acclaimed emulated games (Ps1, PS2, PSP) I should play on Vita that I haven't finished yet according to darkadia.com/member/Gries ?

    Gries He Man, I've been planning on completing the first two Oddworld games since like forever :-/ I played Abe's Oddyssey back in 1999 and still haven't finished it. Maybe I'll play the remake on Vita

    1 year ago

    Silent Gamer Abe's Exoddus is one of my all-time faves, but the first game is good too I haven't touched the remake so I dunno how it compares.

    1 year ago

    rockshard PhD Mega Man X4. (btw I assume you mean ps1 classics and PSP games, vita doesn't play ps2 games so not sure why you mentioned that)

    1 year ago

    Demi AxersiaPlayStation Vita

    1 year ago

    So here's something even non-pirates might be interested in. As you may or may not know, the Vita's clockspeed is set to 333MHz but it can actually go up to 444Mhz (technically it can go all the way up to 2GHz, but that would require very low level access to the hardware and would also melt the system).

    From version 1.0 and up of the Vitamin game dumper/decrypter, a plugin called Amphetamin was added. It can be activated on any game dumped with Vitamin and will allow it to use the Vita's full processing capabilities. People have reported noticeable performance increases in games like Assassin's Creed III Liberation and Borderlands 2, and every other PS3-type experience that ran like shit.

    So unlike the New 3DS which doesn't do anything for games that weren't specifically coded for it, this unofficial solution actually works.

    Demi AxersiaPlayStation Vita

    1 year ago

    Well guys, Vita piracy is happening. First to market was TeamFreek's Vitamin Omega game dumper/decrypter. It leaked by a friend of the staff 10 hours ago and it's not the official 1.0 release, but it works and you can now dump your games and distribute them for all to play using the HENkaku homebrew launcher.

    List of known releases:

    Zero Time Dilemma
    DanganRonpa
    DanganRonpa 2
    Odin Sphere Leiftrasir
    Hatsune Miku Project Diva X
    Superbeat Xonic
    Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart
    OlliOlli 2
    Assassin's Creed III Liberation
    Jet Set Radio
    Atelier Totori+
    Everybody's Golf
    Tokyo Xanadu
    Adventure Time
    Unit 13
    Risk of Rain
    Binding of Isaac Rebirth

    EDIT: The list of course now much larger. You can keep track of them here: https://www.reddit.com/r/VitaPiracy/comments/508e9e/megathread_all_vita_dumps/

    In other Vita news, Valkyria: Azure Revolution was just announced to be getting a Vita release in addition to its PS4 release. If only they'd known...

    I personally don't do much piracy myself, but as the system nears the end of its life, aP.T.ames get pulled from PSN (which happens on a regular basis for one reason or another), and physical copies might be non-existent or prohibitively expensive, it's nice to have an open system. This is how one day P.T. will be made playable again for those who don't still have it installed. It sucks for any new games still coming out, and it could cause Japanese devs to sooner make the jump to NX than they would've otherwise, but it's a good thing for video game preservation in the long run.

    Silent Gamer Just buy the Vita, you philistine!

    1 year ago

    Retro Wolf I'm only interested in like 5 games exclusive for the system, which honestly doesn't warrant me buying it.

    1 year ago

    Silent Gamer I normally wait till I have 10 games before I buy a system. It's the only reason I don't have an XboxOne.

    1 year ago

    Demi AxersiaPlayStation Vita

    1 year ago

    IT'S BEEN DONE! Cartridge DRM has been cracked. Vita piracy is possible. There's 3 known hacker groups who have pulled it off, though none of them have released their methods yet. Could happen within hours, or it could take a few more weeks.

    In fact, there's a countdown on VPKMirror.com. The owner of the site is part of one such
    hacking group and has already stated on IRC that they plan to release a dumper/decrypter. The countdown is currently set to 20 days and 18 hours.

    So there ya go. If no one steps up before then, that'll be the day.

    Once more, don't update your Vita or PS (Vita) TV past 3.60. If it's lower than that, download the 3.60 .pup file and do an offline firmware install.

    Gries He Imagine how glorious playing SNES games on a vita would be

    1 year ago

    Demi Axersia Well, that's already possible. You should look at my 2 other posts on this page. A lot has happened the past month, but this was the final piece of the puzzle. But yes, I can confirm that playing EarthBound on an original AMOLED Vita looks incredible. The best I've ever seen a SNES game look.

    1 year ago

    Demi AxersiaPlayStation Vita

    1 year ago

    So here's a little update on what has happened since the HENkaku homebrew loader was released on July 29th.

    In short:

    - Don't turn on your PS Vita/PS (Vita) TV before reading this post.
    - It's now possible to pirate dev builds of Vita games, but the only one I've been able to find is Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom.
    - Game mods are now possible, and you can install the Japanese voice pack for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. Save file editing can be done as well, of course.
    - Near-perfect SNES emulation with local co-op support on PS (Vita) TV.
    - Reicast Dreamcast emulator coming to Vita.
    - DeSmuME DS emulator port has been released and actively worked on, though still in its early stages.
    - RPG Maker 2000/2003 player (not editor) called EasyRPG Vita released.
    - Custom themes.

    The long version:

    - Sony released firmware 3.61 yesterday. What this means is that if you still haven't updated to 3.60, and you have any intention of running HENkaku in the future, you now need to download the .pup update file and do an offline install. If you have auto-updates turned on, be sure to unplug your modem/router before turning on your Vita, and turn those off first. You might also wanna log out of PSN just to be safe. There is a homebrew app called the Vita Update Blocker, which allows you to access the PS Store without updating to the latest firmware, but can't imagine Sony being very happy about you accessing their services without the mandatory update. Instead, the safer route would be to download your Vita games to your PS3 and transfer them from there.

    - So is it even worth it to install HENkaku when it might not be safe anymore to access the PS Store? Well, piracy isn't quite possible yet, but they're getting there. Currently you can run a dev build of Adventure Time, as well as any other dev builds people might get their hands on. It's also possible to dump your games and mod them. One of the first mods released is a Japanese language pack for Persona 4 Golden, and there's also a trainer app to make editing save files easy.

    - Not all the emulators are quite where they need to be, but the best one on the system is undoubtedly the CATSFC-libretro SNES emulator. It runs games at full 60Hz (or 50Hz if you so desire) without the need to turn on frame skipping. No audio crackle or anything. It can even run stuff like Yoshi's Island and Killer Instinct. There are, however, a few games that it'll have issues with. Last I tried Super Mario RPG it didn't make it past the intro, for example (could be fixed in the latest version, haven't tried yet). One of the coolest features is the implementation of local co-op if you run it on a PS (Vita) TV. So yes, you can now co-op Secret of Mana on a PlayStation system if you so desire.

    - The developer of the Reicast Dreamcast emulator has announced their intention to port it to the Vita. A port of the DeSmuME DS emulator is also actively being worked on, and builds have already been released. Currently you probably don't wanna play anything other than Phoenix Wright or some other slow-paced adventure game on it.

    - You can now run games made with RPG Maker 2000/2003 using a homebrew app called EasyRPG Vita.

    - There's a database out there with tons of custom made themes, and there's a theme installer to make things easier for novices. You can also create your own themes, of course.

    All in all, I'd say it's worth it to deal with the inconvenience of not being able to access the PS Store or do any online gaming. It might still be possible to do these things, but do so at your own risk.

    Silent Gamer Y'know, I DO still have that unused Vita TV lying around.....

    1 year ago

    Demi AxersiaPlayStation Vita

    1 year ago

    PSA for all you Vita and PS TV owners out there: In about 17 hours a new homebrew solution will be released called HENkaku. It works on the latest 3.60 firmware, and only requires you to visit the HENkaku website on your system and hitting the install button. Its a softmod, so the process has to be repeated each time you reset the console. Files are transferred using FTP, and a separate memory card is required as internal memory is not currently supported.

    This does not allow you to pirate Vita games (yet...), but it does allow you to install a bunch of emulators on it.

    https://henkaku.me/

    Demi Axersia Well, they've stated the exploit will forever only support firmware 3.60. This looks to have been a deliberate decision rather than a requirement of the exploit itself. They also have this little excerpt on the website: "we also made sure to make it as difficult as possible to repurpose our tools to enable piracy. While piracy is always inevitable, we will not make it easy." So there's certainly a chance that this could be leveraged to run Vita games in the future. They also mention that while they won't provide support for the Vita's native PSP/PS1 emulation, it's just a matter of someone else stepping up to the plate and making an app that creates PSP launchers. So that's something we can hopefully expect fairly soon. If you want to be future proof and haven't used your Vita in a while, you need to update to firmware 3.60 before it stops being available.

    1 year ago

    Silent Gamer I have like a billion games already, I'm good

    1 year ago

    Demi Axersia Just tried it out and... yup, the thing totally works. You just hit Install, and you end up with a Shell bubble allowing you explore the contents of your memory card and internal memory. If it errors out after hitting Install, you'll have to rebuild the app database first by removing the memory card and reinserting it (turning off your system first, as memory cards aren't hot-swappable). In order to upload files, you open the Shell and hit the Select button, which will run the FTP server and give you the IP address and port. Also, I just found out I can apparently now remove the blacklist on my PS Vita TV. That always bugged me, especially as there have been cases where English versions of games supported the PS TV while Japanese versions didn't, like in Tales of Hearts for example.

    1 year ago

    Marcone AnteliusPlayStation Vita

    1 year ago

    I am now one of the two dozen people in America that owns a PS Vita. Should I be proud?

    Gries He You're a special little snowflake.

    1 year ago

    Splatterhouse 5 I'm a little shocked that the Vita didn't get more traction in the states. It really is fantastic handheld hardware that made it difficult for me to use my 3DS afterwards. As "dead" as it is, I still pick up new software for it often enough.

    2 months ago

    Silent GamerPlayStation Vita

    1 year ago

    Do you guys primarily buy physical games for your Vita or downloadable versions? I have 170+ titles playable on my Vita right now, but only 1 of them is a physcal copy

    rockshard PhD If you tell me "hey rukk, I bet you that this sports team will win" then why would I not also bet on that team? If I bet on the opposing team, you probably think I'm wrong, at which point, it becomes morally dubious for you to agree to the bet because you think I'm going to lose the bet.

    2 months ago

    Husky Wing Do you even know what morally dubious is? At this point I don't know if I respect your intelligence enough to entertain this.

    2 months ago

    Silent Gamer This is why I don't believe in arguments

    2 months ago

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