The Playstation Vita Catch-All

What are the constraints on custom firmware at this time?

2.69 is hackable. 2.7 is suppose to be (the hash/encryption didnt change). One of the main guys says that you can upgrade and soon you can easily downgrade to whatever firmware you want (2.65). So no real constraints and you can literally do what you want.

I'm just waiting for someone to make an easily installable thingy that allows me to put emulators on it. I know you can kind of do it now, but the instructions are worse than the Handbook For The Recently Deceased.

Veloxi wrote:

I'm just waiting for someone to make an easily installable thingy that allows me to put emulators on it. I know you can kind of do it now, but the instructions are worse than the Handbook For The Recently Deceased.

There is a pretty easy looking hack that will be released soon. It looks like go to a website on the vita and poof "Hacked".

Veloxi wrote:

I'm just waiting for someone to make an easily installable thingy that allows me to put emulators on it. I know you can kind of do it now, but the instructions are worse than the Handbook For The Recently Deceased.

PSP is much easier and covers a lot of hardware, fwiw. There’s also the GPD XD Plus as a pure emulator option.

JohnKillo wrote:

There is a pretty easy looking hack that will be released soon. It looks like go to a website on the vita and poof "Hacked".

That is EXACTLY what I am hoping for.

DSGamer wrote:

PSP is much easier and covers a lot of hardware, fwiw. There’s also the GPD XD Plus as a pure emulator option.

Well sure, but I oowwwnnnnn a Vita, which I think will be a wonderful emulation machine in time.

Though I have been eyeing that GPD thingy.

Random things. Teslagrad, Don't Starve :Giant Edition, and Cosmic Heroine (ps4/vita) are free. So yeah free vita games.

In general, the Vita sale is pretty ridiculous right now. Tons of stuff.

A few deals I noticed
Trillion is a dollar
Mary Skeltor is 4
MGS Collection is cheap
Muramasa is 4

What region?

US region. It is part of the "Great Indoors" sale

JohnKillo wrote:

Random things. Teslagrad, Don't Starve :Giant Edition, and Cosmic Heroine (ps4/vita) are free. So yeah free vita games.

These aren't showing as free for me. Teslagrad and Cosmic Star Heroine are a few dollars, but Don't Starve isn't even on sale. Are you sure these aren't just games you have through cross buy or PS Plus?

ClockworkHouse wrote:
JohnKillo wrote:

Random things. Teslagrad, Don't Starve :Giant Edition, and Cosmic Heroine (ps4/vita) are free. So yeah free vita games.

These aren't showing as free for me. Teslagrad and Cosmic Star Heroine are a few dollars, but Don't Starve isn't even on sale. Are you sure these aren't just games you have through cross buy or PS Plus?

That or those are the games he found on his used Vita

ClockworkHouse wrote:
JohnKillo wrote:

Random things. Teslagrad, Don't Starve :Giant Edition, and Cosmic Heroine (ps4/vita) are free. So yeah free vita games.

These aren't showing as free for me. Teslagrad and Cosmic Star Heroine are a few dollars, but Don't Starve isn't even on sale. Are you sure these aren't just games you have through cross buy or PS Plus?

I'm pretty sure I didn't get them through PS+. Curiously I went through the vita store front. I don't think it was because of the used vita because I had another card I put in it?

It wouldn’t be tied to system or memory card. It’s your PS account that you’re logged into when you’re looking at the store.

JohnKillo wrote:

Random things. [...] Cosmic Heroine (ps4/vita) are free. So yeah free vita games.

This one is not free for me. Maybe a price glitch.

Most likely is they were PS+ titles. I "own" them all.

Still in a major gaming funk and I'm mainly just playing Stardew Valley on the Vita when I'm in the mood to play anything. I have been tempted to try to find other chill games to play on the Vita. I just really love how portable it is.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Most likely is they were PS+ titles. I "own" them all.

They are all cross-buy if that helps make sense of it.

Cosmic star heroine was released on Vita quite a while after PS4 release, but was still cross-buy.

Edit. Teslagrad was defo a PS4/Vita ps+

DE. Oops. Shouldn't skim, cross-buy known.

DSGamer wrote:

Still in a major gaming funk and I'm mainly just playing Stardew Valley on the Vita when I'm in the mood to play anything. I have been tempted to try to find other chill games to play on the Vita. I just really love how portable it is.

I have three "zone out and plink way" games on the Vita - Stardew, Terraria, and Steamworld Dig 2.

NormanTheIntern wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

Still in a major gaming funk and I'm mainly just playing Stardew Valley on the Vita when I'm in the mood to play anything. I have been tempted to try to find other chill games to play on the Vita. I just really love how portable it is.

I have three "zone out and plink way" games on the Vita - Stardew, Terraria, and Steamworld Dig 2.

Oh yeah, I should probably get back into the Steamworld games. Those would also fit the bill of fairly chill games.

DSGamer wrote:
NormanTheIntern wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

Still in a major gaming funk and I'm mainly just playing Stardew Valley on the Vita when I'm in the mood to play anything. I have been tempted to try to find other chill games to play on the Vita. I just really love how portable it is.

I have three "zone out and plink way" games on the Vita - Stardew, Terraria, and Steamworld Dig 2.

Oh yeah, I should probably get back into the Steamworld games. Those would also fit the bill of fairly chill games.

Heist is 2D Valkyria Chronicles. There I said it.

Can you date the robots?

As usual, Golden Week is the time when a ridiculous number of Vita games go on sale. Lots of great ones there. I'm tempted to break my 4 month streak.

Golden Week sale is always tough to resist.

I’m so close to going down the rabbit hole of hacking all the vitas in my house. I know I want to have
1. SD2VITA
2. Ability to dump carts I own.
3. PS4 controller support.

Cons
1. Installing and being tethered to the pc to dump games
2. Can’t use the adapter and game carts at the same time
3. Learning all the jargon of doing it

I'm interested in hacking mine, got a link?

Thanks much!

I bought my Vita just over a year ago, and - in anticipation of the closure of the PS Vita store and declining stocks of physical games - bought a large number of games at the same time.

I have to say that I'm really struggling to find much love for the Vita's library. So far I've played, and finished:

Papers, Please - A good game hurt badly by the size of the Vita's screen (text was often hard to read) and by the responsiveness of its touchscreen.
Bastion - Again, a good game hurt badly by the size of the screen, which made combat unnecessarily difficult.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss - A potentially good game spoiled by it's repetitive second half, and frequently unresponsive controls.

However, I've also started and abandoned Danganronpa 1, Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward, and Atelier Sophie. I'm slightly kicking myself because the games that are most common on the platform seem to the ones that I just can't gel with; JRPGs, murder mystery games, and escape room games.

I'd welcome recommendations from GwJers for other games that I can play that will ensure that my Vita doesn't become an expensive paperweight. Should I buy Tearaway, for example? Given my stated dislikes, should I leave Persona 4, Final Fantasy X/X-2 Remastered and Shiren The Wanderer in their wrappers?

I've got Madden 13, a couple of World Rally games, and the Vita version of Killzone awaiting me, but falling back on these feels like a missed opportunity. I could play better versions of these on my PS4.

There has been one unexpected gem - Frozen Synapse. I found the early levels frustrating, but now I understand that the game doesn't require as much trial and error as I thought, I've really warmed to it. What else should I get for my Vita?