Hardmodded Vita with capture card on the loose

The following is relatively old news, as The Z already mentioned this almost a month ago on scene website ps3king.de, but it is getting more and more attention as the device went on sale 2 weeks ago, and early buyers started receiving their order: Some Japan modders have been selling a a hardware modded vita with an embedded capture card.

Our community has noticed this as well, and this is being discussed on our forums here.

These modded Vitas feature what appears to be a mini usb port next to the standard Vita connector.

This connector allows you to connect the Vita and play on an HD TV, or to capture gameplay videos. Check the pictures and videos below:

(source YamiHoshi.nl on gbatemp.net)

The group behind this hardware mod, katsukity, are also apparently the same people behind a similar video capture system for the 3DS, so this is apparently legit. Of course, the question is, are you ready to spend $450 on such a device (that doesn’t include shipping)… for those interested, it seems they do ship internationally if you are ready to go through the Japanese-only interface, although I have never bought from that place and can’t vouch for them.

A pretty cool hardware mod, if you ask me. This is of course completely unofficial, unsupported by Sony, and very likely means such modded Vitas immediately lose their official Sony guarantee.

(Thanks to Acid_Snake who wrote the initial draft of this article)

  1. Stranno’s avatar

    Lol. I remember when the PSP capture device for PSP1000 cost like 150$ and you could mount it for yourself.

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    1. Hedonism’s avatar

      I mounted a horse once.

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      1. DJ SpaceBound’s avatar

        Booooo!!! Get off the stage! Lol

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      2. ghostkingkhaos’s avatar

        Mounted your mom once… twice… I’m your father.

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        1. ola k ase’s avatar

          and I’m his grandfather…Yes, ghostkingkhaos. I mounted your mom. :>

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      3. DS_Marine’s avatar

        I once found some gold, but it was just electroplated.
        Now you tell me where’s this from without googling…
        or yahooing, or whatever :D

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        1. curtis’s avatar

          The Curse of Monkey Island

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  2. tinostar91’s avatar

    I’ve read somewhere that you can send them your vita and they will install that capture card inside so here is my question. How much does this cost?

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      Yes, apparently they have this service for about 22’000 yen ($230). But I think that doesn’t include the shipping fee. Note that shipping a Vita to and from Japan is extremely regulated because of the battery. This usually means shipping them is either extremely expensive, or risky (the customs could confiscate it). So I wouldn’t recommend to send them your Vita unless you live in Japan.

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      1. xPreatorianx’s avatar

        So basically we either A) wait in the vein hope that someone from either the EU or US works out a deal or creates their own version and sells it as a mod. Or B) we pay out the ass to get another PS Vita instead of taking the risk and getting our only one confiscated?

        THAT SUCKS! Awesome mod but way too expensive either way. We can pay out the ass or potentially lose our Vita and still pay out the ass.

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      2. deejay’s avatar

        actually, as of 1-1-2013, you can ship and receive lithium batteries in Japan through the normal postal service which is equivalent to USPS. You can only send two devices in one shipment / box though. Also, you have to go to a specific post office in each prefencture but there’s usually one near by unless if they live in the boons…of course, there’s always the fed-ex (kuroneko) option

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      3. deejay’s avatar

        shipping isn’t risky because their post service now allows battery shipping as of 1/1/2013. also the shipping isn’t that bad, it’s cheaper than Fed EX, which use to be the only company that use to ship out items with battery from Japan. 2 Vita costs roughly about 5500yen to shipout through Speed EMS to USA.

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  3. NaSty13’s avatar

    I dont see this as ‘amazing’ or anything to be honest

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    1. buzz’s avatar

      Then you are a fool.

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  4. edukarlo’s avatar

    hidden message in this hard-mod:

    Dear sony, we want a video/hdmi out for the vita.. oh c’mon, a little firmware modification/update can possibly upgrade your so called “multi-functional/usb port”.. such capability i think can shoot up vita sales!!

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    1. Moi’s avatar

      In case you haven’t been paying attention to recent news, Sony has a patent filed for a second generation vita with an HDMI output port. Only question is whether and when they intend to release it.

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      1. MadZiontist’s avatar

        I have little doubt that Sony filed the patent without plans of releasing an updated Vita. They’ve redesigned/updated every console they’ve ever produced, and the Vita will be no exception. Cool mod, but I’ll pass, and wait on the official PSV remake.

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        1. DS_Marine’s avatar

          So you bought a device capable of video out, but because of Sony went the idevices way, you will buy from them the same (or slightly better) device for video out.
          Frack Sony, I can live w/o video out.
          I’ll wait for a software mod, even if it takes 2 years :D

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      2. gmol’s avatar

        You’re the one who need to pay attention, that patent isn’t for a new PSV the pantent is of the current PSV dev kit.

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        1. MadZiontist’s avatar

          My point WASN’T what type of video output the new PSV will have(which is sure to be released eventually). Just that a new PSV will be released (and probably with video-out…proprietary or not-I don’t give a HUGE sh*t…it wasn’t really my point). My point was that, while the mod is cool, I’d prefer to wait on Sony’s official new PSV, (and I’ll add that even if it doesn’t have video-out at all, it’s not a deal breaker for me, and I won’t be buying this modded console). I’d be happy to buy the dev version over this. I don’t think yall would have your panties in a bunch if it wasn’t Wololo who was posting this blog, as if he supports every thing he blogs about, and you need to defend him if somebody doesn’t share his taste/opinion (which isn’t even the case here…necessarily). You’re the ones who need to pay attention. Oh and yall need to chill the hell out too, and enjoy Cesar Chavez’s 86th birthday. XD

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          1. n1nurt4’s avatar

            from these comments it looks like your panties are the ones in a bunch, mr Defensive. The dude wasnt even replying to you.

          2. gunblade’s avatar

            if they was to make a new model a hard drive l2 n r2 and new analog with r3 and 3d Hd camera(wish cam with a lot more batery life and more powerful cpu and better ram)

      3. Cheesethief’s avatar

        A. That’s the Dev Kit patent.
        B. Why would they make an HDMI out if they can just manufacture their own cables for use with the accessory out which has NO ACCESSORIES that use it.

        They would not gain money just by including an HDMI out. You can get those cables for cheap on the web. What Sony WILL do is make a proprietary cable that uses the accessory port and charge you through the bum for it.

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      4. StepS’s avatar

        come on, it’s just a DevKit, i thought everyone got that already. the “patent info” was false.

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      5. James Way’s avatar

        The issue is not what will come out, cause eventually we’ll also get holographic/VR games too, but no one has promised it for their current system, included it in the hardware, but not activated it in the software. The vita has the capability, but sony just said nah let em sweat it out.

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  5. StanSmith’s avatar

    From what I saw the next Vita will have HDMI out and USB. OR that was a shot of the dev Vita.

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    1. NNNRT’s avatar

      What do you mean by USB? :|

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    2. gmol’s avatar

      That’s the current dev kit.

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  6. Vitality’s avatar

    Sony should release that HDMI/AV output cable already. I wanna record my longplays of Vita games.

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  7. Universal’s avatar

    Eventually there will be a Vita re-make, which hopefully the Vita will be easy to open and reassemble.

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  8. Slacker’s avatar

    $450? might as well buy a ps3. Better graphics and more games. The only logical reason to get this if you want to play gravity rush on a big screen.

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  9. Germain’s avatar

    Question? Vita port (same that you use to charger it) can be use for output ? i mean a new cable 1 side vita port and 1 side HDMI with a firmware update can be used for output ?

    sorry for my english :p

    i guess is gonna be a little hard for us that we should sell our vita to buy a new one (slim)

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  10. Germain’s avatar

    Hey…

    Can Sony make a ps vita port to hdmi? and a firmware update? for tv out??

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    1. nero’s avatar

      why would you ask that? sony is selfish and wont do it unless they want to

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  11. Cheesethief’s avatar

    Have you people seriously not noticed that the Vita charge/computer interface port uses MTP and not the regular USB Mass Storage? That port will probably never be used for anything other than charging and transferring files between Vita and PC through CMA.

    And it seems it slipped all of your minds that the Vita has a port on the top. What it is for is a mystery since Sony has not released anything that uses it, but my best guess is that it will be used for a video out cable component/HDMI.

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    1. DS_Marine’s avatar

      And it seems it slipped your mind that the Vita’s ‘MTP’ usb port has a lot of ‘unused’ pins…for now.

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  12. MadZiontist’s avatar

    @n1nurt4, my response was directed towards a slew of ppl that I perceived to be misunderstanding my comments, and trolling in response. The replies seemed to be related to what I had posted. If not, my apologies. Sometimes I can be a bit defensive when I’m irritable and am feeling trolled. lol

    Anyways, Happy Ceaster, and Merry April Fool’s Day to those who are IN THE FUTURE! XD

    Outty 5000 G. ;)

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  13. quetz’s avatar

    This would actually be realy interesting, i like self-mods, and if i were able to get schemes and supplies i would apply right now :D let’s hope some buyers would share internal modifications. i suppose you should need a software also for the use

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  14. johnny’s avatar

    wow $450! you could buy a PS4 or Xbox720 with that kind of money. Il just wait for CFW. SOmeone will make vita recordable from the usb cable just like the PSP.

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  15. Hellinferno’s avatar

    I love this but its very expensive,also i will love to see a controller emulation hardware to play against other players without a second vita.

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  16. gunblade’s avatar

    i like this idea though. i think to use a mini Hd so can have the mini usb for the memory and a micro usb for the battery back up and speaker system.

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  17. katsukity’s avatar

    hello
    Im katsukity.
    litium battery is no problem.
    I can ship PSvita all world.
    PSvita device many movie data,mod is impossible.
    need capture board and viewer soft.

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    1. Jimmy’s avatar

      Kat, will you make these boards available for do it ourself in the future?

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