Dumping games from PS Vita Cartridges is now possible! – The beginning of piracy?

PS Vita piracy now possible?

After Yifan Lu’s great hardware reports about the PS Vita, its motherboard and its nand, our user Katsu found a way for dual booting the PS Vita, which can kind of be seen as a downgrade solution.

But that is not everything that he was able to do. Katsu is on fire and also looked at the Vita cartridges… see below for some more electronics joy!

PS Vita Cartridge dumps now Possible – Does this enable piracy?

Katsu seems to be able to dump a PS Vita cartridge – you know, those tiny physical modules that contain PS Vita games, a cartridge, like we know them from the Nintendo DS and 3DS – and is therefore able to retrieve the games in the format how they are at the cartridge itself, instead of as a .PKG, like you get them via PSN, or encrypted for the CMA backup, like you get them via the PS3 or PC backup method.

This does not imply that the files from the cartridge are decrypted, that would be a pretty big security flaw for Sony, but we might be able to do more with these files, than we could do with the files as a .PKG or in the backup format.

Keep in mind that this will require hardware modification, and that there is currently no software solution for this. Do not try it yourself, except if you are experienced in hardware modding!

But do those cartridge dumped files enable piracy at our beloved PS Vita? Well, currently there is no way to install PS Vita games without the help of a PC (backup), a PS3 (backup/PSN) or the PSN, so we can say that this does not enable piracy at a PS Vita, … yet.

There might be a possibility to use these cartridge dumps for piracy in the future, but before that happens, more knowledge of the PS Vitas file system would be needed, instead of just the current ePSPs file system. There also would need a way to fake these dumps as cartridges, since (digital/) PSN versions of games are account bound and need a valid license file.

Piracy is currently, thank god, not possible on the PS Vita, and we, at least I, hope that this will stay like that for a long time.

 

Disclaimer:

We at wololo.net do not support piracy in any way. We do not allow questions about how to pirate software, but we do inform about software and hardware hacks of devices. Wololo.net is not responsible for your actions!

Source and more pictures: Katsu via /talk

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  1. Zik’s avatar

    Does this mean Homebrew will be capable on PS Vita? I hope it does, since i would LOVE to remove those extra stuffs I won’t be using…

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    1. thedicemaster’s avatar

      this has nothing to do with homebrew.

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  2. decookaaron’s avatar

    That’s a funny look PS Vita Game PCB. What game is that? Like all the several other ones I’ve torn apart for things like this never looked anything close to that.? But at least someone found something :)

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    1. decookaaron’s avatar

      Never mind. It’s a SD Card. dang I need to catch up on some sleep. This guy must be pro to be able to solder on the points on the Vita games that are about the size of sewing needles. Cause the Vita games cards only have the pin connection the makes the game run on the vita and when tou take the CHIP out of the plastic its really really small and it has small contacts.

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  3. decookaaron’s avatar

    Pro like I soldering like I said. Circle Contacts almost as small as my finger print holding the Vita Chips.

    http://wololo.net/talk/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=36863

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  4. Galford’s avatar

    piracy is a crime… what wil happen to Yifan Lu? Sony will pursue him ? just like what happen to Dark Alex…

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    1. decookaaron’s avatar

      Sony hasn’t got him like they did with GeoHot. If I remember right Dark_AleX was in college also while he was performing the PSP CFWs and Sony Scared him off when Sony made a big deal about the PS3 CFW.

      Here’s Dark_AleX last words

      “Bye, scene.

      I’ve decided to cease OE development, and leave PSP scene.
      The reasons are various.
      One of them is the time it consumes, which i’m losing from other things.
      The other is related to my security. I didn’t like Sony menaces to PS3 hackers.
      I think it is better to leave now rather than end paying the consequences.”

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      1. The Z’s avatar

        “OE Development”

        He made the M33 CFWs later. This statement seems to be very outdated!

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        1. decookaaorn’s avatar

          Yeah but from what I read and told by others the M33 CFW was his work and his last ones before leaving does it really matter if it was OE Development. No it does not. The point was that Sony has’t got a hold of him. This site has been up for a while now.

          http://www.darkalex.com/

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      2. Patrick-The-Muthurfuckur-Star’s avatar

        That was left ages ago -_- That was put up the first time he left the scene during the thriving ages of OE, not M33.

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        1. decookaaron’s avatar

          I know. But what I’m saying Sony hasn’t got a hold of him. This whole discussion jumped from him getting caught up by sony to OE and M33. I dont care. But if it wore soo true it would be known. Someone would of said something or spoken out to the public. Someone would of known, friends, family, peers, teachers, people at the college he was at. Someone would of known and someone would of spoken. It’s not that hard to under stand. You been in college and High School and all that. You should know people wont keep there mouths shut. Even if I was being paid millions by Sony I would of still said something. Probably not you opening your mouth but there are other people that would. If you understand what I mean.

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  5. barrackobama’s avatar

    ….i already knew this…i kept it a secret.

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  6. JohnMcClane’s avatar

    Thanks Obama!

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  7. dfgfdgfd’s avatar

    Disclaimer:

    We at wololo.net do not support piracy in any way. We do not allow questions about how to pirate software, but we do inform about software and hardware hacks of devices.

    INFORM is the same thing of supporting in any way..

    WTH with this post… such a hypocrite wololo

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      First, I did not write that article, The Z did. Second, no, talking about it and the progress made on it has nothing to do with condoning any of the misuses of the discovery, so next time you talk about hypocrisy, get your facts straight.

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      1. decookaaorn’s avatar

        Does he have a photo on the soldering of the Vita game cards? And can you find out how he did it. Cause the contacts on the Vita game are really small and when I tried to solder on them it didn’t go so well. I would appreciate any info you can get. Thanks

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      2. lolwut’s avatar

        i think you should modify the template and make the poster name bigger and directly under the title. well people usually missed these stuff unless it shoved to their eyes.

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        1. wololo’s avatar

          Good point.

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          1. decookaaaron’s avatar

            You understand what I was talking about? I would like to see pictures of the soldering on the Vita card not the SD Card. Like in my photos on the link. I want to know which wire went to what.

            http://wololo.net/talk/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=36863

      3. bbash’s avatar

        i support freedom of speech and the press but if u dont support piracy then why the hell would you post an article about it. you support things by advertising them regardless if you claim to support them or not

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    2. steph’s avatar

      That’s liek saying doing a rundown on 3D printers encourages people printing guns.

      And playing/watching violent video games encourages violence.

      accept responsability for your own actions. nothign makes you do anything but your own concious decisions being at the lead.

      There is nothing wrong about informing the community about the advancements of hacking a vita. From here it’s opend the posability of getting a blank cartdirge and loading that up with homebrew rather than using the SD card.

      Just because you have a hatchet doesnt mean you’re going to kill someone with it. You may only want to chop wood….

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      1. bbash’s avatar

        yeah but some people are dumb enough to use this as an excuse to try it. if you dont support something then why would you write an article about it? news companies dont support violence and yet thats all they report about. still doesnt make it ok

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  8. Pirate Cat’s avatar

    Out of curiosity, say flash carts pop up for the Vita, couldn’t someone also run homebrew with one?

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    1. thedicemaster’s avatar

      that depends on how the flashcard works.
      if it’s like the first 3DS flashcards, then it won’t work for homebrew.

      a “dumb” flashcard can hold 1 game(or a limited amount using a hardware switch)
      it’s simply a copy of a regular gamecard but with writable memory, and can only be used to run properly signed code.

      an “average” flashcard can hijack the system using an exploit or properly signed header, and then load games from a memory card or chip regardless of whether they are signed.

      there are also a few “smart” flashcards for the DS, these are special cards with a built-in CPU allowing for homebrew that exceeds the capabilities of the host device and more advanced methods of bypassing security.

      for average/smart flashcards: yes, these will likely be able to run homebrew if they ever pop up.
      for dumb flashcards: initially not, homebrew would have to be signed since it doesn’t actually disable any security.

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  9. hell_knight’s avatar

    Well said wololo ! some people don’t really understand the fact that talking about something is rather much more different than showing HOW to do it. I salute you !

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  10. Tnutbutter’s avatar

    I’d rather the PS Vita not be hacked fully until more games are available.

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  11. reaperofhearts’s avatar

    Wololo what up!!!!!!!!!!!! I come to your site everyday and try to read every post! Keep up the good work and ignore the haters or fools

    Buya! har har har

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  12. BlackFire27’s avatar

    Once the Vita can load backups and homebrew, sales will skyrocket. And then people will begin to actually make decent damn games on this thing. The Vita is pretty much dead and my most regretted purchase to date. I have TN-V on it but I still end up leaving it at home and bringing my PSP Go instead. A hack of that kind of caliber will not kill this system. It will resurrect it.

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    1. 110706’s avatar

      Bundling it with the PS4 shows Sony are quite desperate. And newer and better mobile hardware coming out every day, is a menace for PS Vita.

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    2. MiniMe’s avatar

      You must be special kind of stupid, Once the Vita is hacked nobody will buy games for it anymore, everybody will just pirate. And teh our beloved Vita will die just like the PSP.

      It must be really nice there in LaLaLand.

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  13. Lord Zero’s avatar

    Mmm, well, its not like dumping games will be the only thing possible. There could be modified dumps that allow us to access the vita itself, not only the epsp.
    Given the power of the hardware it could lead to awesome homebrew. How cool would be an gamecube emu running on vita ? god damn.

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  14. decookaaron’s avatar

    My family are military and government officials. So screw Sony coming after people and the Crooked Police. My family supports everything you guys do. As long as there is no piracy. I had to delete tons of games that I got on a MS Pro that was givin to me. Because of my family member`s. But it’s pretty cool have military and governmental official in a family. Cause you hear or learn things that others don’t about companies. :)

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  15. Byte’s avatar

    It may well be the beginning of piracy… on the PSP it started with the release of 3 UMD dumps by PARADOX that no one was able to use at the time.

    The ‘danger’ of gamecarts is that they can be played on any VITA i.e. may be encrypted but will use a non-unique key, but Sony should have (and may have) seen that coming, so countermeasures may already be in place.

    NOTE: this doesn’t just pertain to piracy but will also be relevant to software conservation and hardware emulation purposes.

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  16. 110706’s avatar

    Leaving the pirating of games aside for a moment, can this be valuable for cheap counterfeit made in china memory cards for Vita? this proprietary overpriced BS needs to stop. I have a freaking Lexar cheap made in china memory card for my PSP since 2007 and it’s in perfectly working condition. Not a single problem i had with it.

    And knowing that PS Vita memory cards are slower than a super trash regular memory card, makes Sony look bad even more…

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  17. anoo’s avatar

    ps3 games were dumped years before they became playable

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  18. pspmte’s avatar

    This is the CAT OUT THE BAG !!

    The PC will now be the new vita memory card, you will be able to load just about anything into it

    China will make fake cards now from this !!

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  19. Setsuna3350’s avatar

    hope becomes a reality.I live in the philippines andit would be awesome to be able to dump games for one reason, that is I want to backup my physical copy. I cant afford to buy it digitally due to no wifi connection or if I have access its it has bad reception. Its also a plus since I lost my Disgaea 3 cartridge and I dont think sony or NISA has a support for it.

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