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    PS Vita 1.50 Firmware Update & Content Manager Assistant Out

    Update: Sony has now released PS Vita 1.51 Firmware Update (JPN), and although no official changelog is available according to PlayStation Japan 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.

    Download: PS Vita 1.50 Firmware Update (JPN) / PS Vita 1.50 Recovery System Data (JPN) / PS Vita 1.50 Recovery PreInstall Data (JPN)

    Some PS Vita Disassembled Pictures revealing the internal components are also available, and 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 PS Vita Guide 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:

    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:

    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.

    Download: Content Manager Assistant for PlayStation / Content Manager User Guide / PS Vita System Software License Agreement v1.1

    Main Features
    • 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 User's Guide 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

    Operating Environment

    PS Vita system
    • PS Vita system (system software version 1.00 or later)
    • USB cable

    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)
    • Wait...
    • 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
    • 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)

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  2. #2
    CJPC Guest
    Currently working on checking where the updates are coming from - it seems like Sony is doing what it can to not expose the update link. Kind of odd, eh?

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    Apr 2005

    Thumbs Up

    Thanks, if/when found it will be useful to grab the PS Vita updates from similar to the PSP and PS3 updater links.

    Below are a few PS Vita links from zecoxao and SKFU and some pics from

    Edit: Here are the PS Vita updater links for those interested:

    Retail (JP)
    Retail (EU)
    Retail (US)
    Shop (JP)

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    Apr 2005

    Arrow PS Vita Disassembled Pictures

    Here are also some PlayStation Vita internal pics for those interested via Japanese site

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    Natepig Guest
    The insides look very neat and tidy.

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    HeyManHRU Guest
    The game cartridges are kind of small, hopefully it will be able to hold enough data so we won't be need 3 cartridges for 1 game.

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    Jordandyckes Guest
    It seems my PSN Download Manager is processing the links for Vita ok, if I could get hold of a unit I'd be able to expose even more links

    Also time to beat that application Sony released, I'll have to include the features into my software an all-in-one package for everything...

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    Apr 2005

    PS Vita Hacker SKFU Confirms PlayStation Vita PKG AES Key Changed

    Following up on the PS Vita 1.50 Firmware announcement comes news this weekend from PlayStation Vita hacker SKFU who has confirmed the PS Vita PKG AES Key has changed.

    To quote from his blog: I just got my tried to unpack the Twitter application for PS VITA and sadly I have to say that the AES key for PKG encryption and decryption changed.

    The PKG's I used for my testings were pretty old and the key update was expected. Nevertheless it's a bit disappointing but a new nice challange

    The PS3 can decrypt the new packages on firmware 4.00 which contains the new PS VITA PKG AES key for the PS3 <--> PS VITA content exchange feature. This means we can decrypt and get the content of the PS VITA PKG files via a 4.00 PS3. Sadly there's no solution to re-encrypt it again, yet.

    Let the games begin! (again...)

    - SKFU

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    PlayStation Vita Hello World via PSP Save Game Exploit Rumored

    Shortly after the PS Vita PKG AES Key news from SKFU, mamosuke reports that Japanese PlayStation Vita developer teck4 is rumored to have discovered a PSP Save Game v6.31 exploit that works on PS Vita and is demonstrated by the typical Hello World pictured below.

    To quote, roughly translated: The title of the PSP PlayStation Vita (only available for PSN) is to launch the strength of the Vita. What worries me is the save game exploit what works for PSP, PS Vita me to try to work immediately on Mr. teck4 owns a PSP save game exploit unpublished.

    The result was of course also take over the vulnerability of the PSP. Hello World at PS Vita (own code) can be performed.


    PS Vita PSP at the first place only because it is emulation, emulator running on the fact that just because we can run your own code does not change much. So while hacking into the system are reproduced in an environment that is running on the PSP will own code.

    Half-start at the maximum of the PSP Homebrew Byte Loader (reproduction of) is enough. Some might suspect that I'll not do FAKE, exploit teck4 his unpublished exploit is genuine. PSN version save game exploit with other titles, so there are some that may be realized in the start of the PSP Homebrew PS

    Vita Once you have established how to start the HBL, the saved data is Sony " Administrative Assistant for PlayStation content "must be transferred to the PS Vita, and further to transfer the state must now transfer the save data folder into the Hello World binaries that only the saved data . Will be transferred into the data folder in the save if the body can then be started with Vita HBL.

    And that is a big possibility that such measures are easily crushed to prevent unwanted save game file transfer for applications that work under the control of Sony. In addition, PS Vita Min Gol exploit so far as such details as if it had been like the PSP PS Vita measures also seem to emulate the PSP.

    Those who try to exploit in the PSP PS Vita looking for if not, carefully examine whether the game supports PS Vita first. Everybody's clean trial and trial period Patapon 2 demo is so handy that non-PS Vita not come again in the first place. Incidentally, I'm looking forward to the future from those who were successful on the PS Vita Hello World, will tell for sure.

    That only the listed vulnerabilities have been reproduced PSP Hello World is displayed, the display is reproduced even if just how far the system area of ​​Vita Mi Meru potential from here is almost zero. That is not even the first step in hacking it.

    Finally, from teck4: PS VITA tried in the Save Game Exploit the PSP.

    The PSP exploit exists, it is put out to pasture and some of them without being exposed. I tried PS VITA released today by one of them on System Software 1.50. The picture at the time. (Coarse quality). About the crash I thought I would, and go to display Hello World.

    HBL will hopefully be running?

    You may also have the opportunity to increase the video. Without even ironic joke emulation But I could see perfectly well.

    PS: 6.31 is the view that the exploit is found so that time. This has diverted the time of creation without any further.

    Finally, below is a second PS Vita Hello World video from another anonymous PlayStation Vita developer via YouTube.

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    oVERSoLDiER Guest
    Hehe, let the game begin ... again !

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