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PS Vita Beta Package (PKG) File Installation on Retail 3.15 POC Details

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34w ago - Following up on their previous update, today PlayStation Vita developer tomtomdu80 shared details on installing a PS Vita Beta Package (PKG) File on a Retail 3.15 POC below.

To quote: Here is just a POC of beta pkg installation (these native pkg encrypted with PSP AES keys), we can actually install them on 3.15 !

Here is the proof (uncharted_portable.pkg is a beta pkg which can be found in the leaked SDK):


  • tomtomdu80
  • mr.gas
  • GodmanGen

If any dev from PS3 scene or good with PKG file format wants to join the party, we'd love to work on PKG generation

Feel free to contact us ! Twitter: frtomtomdu80 and GodmanGen

PS Vita Beta Package (PKG) File Installation on Retail 3.15 POC Details

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#4 - StanSmith - 34w ago
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This is great to hear but haven't they been able to do this for ages already? I was waiting for a public release on how but I guess we'll have to keep waiting.

I just want to install Crackle its its not available in the local store on any $ony console. Its available on every other device here but PS3/4/Vita

#3 - Kraken - 35w ago
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1/1/1970 is the Unix Epoch. Time on a Unix system is calculated as the number of seconds that have elapsed since midnight on 1/1/1970. This is actually a very effective way to deal with timezones and daylight savings time.

#2 - demianxldc - 35w ago
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great notice!!


#1 - PS4 News - 35w ago
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Today Wololo reports that PS Vita hackers mr.gas and tomtomdu80 have dumped Sony's PlayStation Vita Memory Cards with details below.

To quote: Progress on the native side of the Vita hacks is rare, so news like the one we are seeing today is always welcome:

Talk member mr.gas announced today that him and tomtomdu80 (whom you might remember for his VHBL port on Apache Overkill last year) were able to dump the contents of a PS Vita memory card. Although they are not sharing this content publicly for obvious reasons, they have given reasonable proof that their work is totally legit.

This is the first time we see such a dump being announced publicly, since developer katsu released technical documentation on how to copy Vita game cartridges' content more than 6 months ago. Keep in mind that his announce was for game cartridges, while we are talking of a memory card here.

Sony uses proprietary memory cards on the PS Vita, which makes them virtually impossible to read without any additional hardware.

Additionally, it is believed the content on the card is encrypted, but mr.gas precised that a large majority of the content on the card is actually not.

Famous vita hacker Yifan Lu was quick to mention that the unencrypted content is more or less useless in the context of a vita hack, while the encrypted content is still, well, encrypted, and therefore useless “as is”. His comments in the thread seem to imply he has been able to read vita memory sticks content himself for a while now.

Nevertheless, the number of people able to read Vita memory cards today can probably be counted on one hand, so this is still exciting news.

As shown on mr.gas’s screenshot, the PS Vita memory card contains several folders, for which the content can in general easily be guessed:

  • app
  • appmeta
  • bgdl
  • calendar
  • data
  • email
  • game
  • license
  • mms
  • music
  • patch
  • pspemu
  • SceIotrash
  • temp
  • user
  • inconlayout.ini
  • id.dat

Although it is ok to doubt this will help hacking the vita, this could still become useful in several ways:

It could for example be possible to copy/move content to the card without having to go through CMA, which could help transferring psp exploits and homebrews more easily than today. It might be possible to reassign the card to another account without formatting it.

It could be possible to handle backups, and in general, everything that CMA does, directly with a third party card reader connected directly to the PC. It might be possible, in general, to tweak a few things here and there for fun and profit, simple mods for the console (icons, etc...)

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