Vita HDMI output mod: Yet Another Amazing Achievement by Katsu

He’s right now the man everyone was waiting for in the PSVita scene. Thanks to YiFanlu and his awesome tutorials with the Vita’s hardware, Katsu has taken this a step further and managed to open the door for downgrading on the PSVita, plus being able to dump cartridges from Vita Games. And he’s done it again.

This time, as he posted on his twitter @xmaxkatsu, he was able to play what was happening on his Vita to his TV via HDMI.

It’s true that there was already a “hack” very similar to this, but it was way too expensive, about 150$ right now, which would be another Vita basically. So, what’s the difference? Well, as he mentions in this tweet it’s quite cheap and easy to setup.

So, what do you think he will manage to do next? Comment!

  1. xPhoenix777’s avatar

    I want to know how! :)

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    1. GuitaristMatt’s avatar

      Unfortunately, it is done almost exactly the same as the other output mods.

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  2. patrick lozano’s avatar

    hell yeah obviously it’s gonne be the big thing playing on a tv no need of a vita tv anymore and full compatibility with all vita games!! katsu is awesome!

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    1. Leon2342’s avatar

      Your comment + the icon thing, makes it seems like you are not excited XD

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  3. Jarald Graham’s avatar

    I actually made a video about this yesterday. But i really want to see the schematics for this so I can do it myself.

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  4. dmaskell92’s avatar

    This is really cool, but I prefer to keep things mobile. No video out sucks because you can’t record gameplay, but other than that I really don’t care. I never had any interest in VitaTv either.

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  5. Blueprint’s avatar

    This is so cool…..his tweet is a little cryptic with the HDMI chip comment – does that mean you need some sort of IC to do the hdmi or that its already in the Vita…either way in the original talk/spec the Vita was supposed to have HDMI out but they left it off. So the signal outputs must have a connection point on the motherboard.

    I for one am a huge fan of the idea of VitaTV. Think about it in that Roku and other devices that are sort crap as game machines go for $50-$100.

    If Sony could get Vita TV down to say $50 no controller and 8gb memory card (Plus say a $50 one year PSN+ subscription)…then Vita TV could compete in the US as a streaming media and set top box. Sony alrady has a big library of Movies, Music, TV, Sports on PSN and the Vita has some good games……but the truth is so far the best Vita games have been Indy titles. So the Vita TV could become the cheap indy game machine and streaming mediea.

    The Vita TV can also act as a streaming extender for PS4, allowing you to play it in another room/TV with remote play. Plus PS Now is going to bring up to ps3 streaming to Vita supposedly? At any rate Vita TV already gives you Vita, PSP, and PS1 which is a great library of games.

    I think VitaTV could become the new Wii being the dominate ‘cheap’ casual gaming device. This would be great as it would lead to more development of AAA and 3rd party ports for Vita portable. Then Sony puts out the psvita 3000 that is essentially the VitaTV handheld with hdmi and ability to link with ps3/4 controllers.

    Tell me how that is not a good market strategy in the US?

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    1. squiggs’s avatar

      that is a terrible idea. some thing like that would never happen because you would be giving away vita tv’s. because at only 50 dollars make you money back completely with the plus membership, 25$ card. with that thinking why not just give away a vita tv with every purchase of a vita tv. what makes you think that sony would give you a year membership for buying there 100$ console when they will not give you anything when you buy there 400$ console. think with you head, 100$ is not a bad price, 150 is a great price for a bundle.

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    2. veelk’s avatar

      What if the Vita itself could control the Vita TV, like remote play, with its touchscreen too, allowing every incompatible game to suddenly BE compatible?

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      1. sathriel’s avatar

        Yeah, that was what I was hoping for, it blows my mind that SOny didn’t think of it. Or they did and thought… nah, it’s too expensive, let’s stikc to DS3 controller and leave players unable to play many of the best games for VITA.

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        1. Millgiass’s avatar

          What I don’t understand is why they didn’t just use a PS4 control instead and use the touch pad.

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  6. Galford’s avatar

    knowledge is power !

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  7. Stranno’s avatar

    HDMI output + TN-V. Lets see how it works, i want it right now.

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  8. David’s avatar

    But isn’t it funny? You should have bought a PS Vita to be, in theory, able to experience amazing videogaming on the go and now you want to connect it to your TV again.
    However, amazing hack. Another step into the very right direction.

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    1. jake’s avatar

      It would seem kind of ironic, but this hdmi hack allows for more things than just “play on TV”. This mod(?) would allow you to output the video of your vita to a video recording device, and thus upload your gameplay on youtube WITHOUT showing your hands and anything outside of the screen (as well as noises, but there are already alternatives to that such as using an AUX cable).

      In short, the videos you upload to youtube will be better. :D

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    2. veelk’s avatar

      Who told you that someone would want a portable console ONLY because it is portable?
      We who have bought a Vita care about its library of games, like games that arent available on any other console?

      Sure, being portable is cool, but just about everyone would appreciate a video output. Imagine being able to show all your friends the game you’re playing, everyone comfortably on the couch? and not a croud of heads around the one playing?

      Just the comfort alone is what makes this great.
      When you are at home, it’s just awkward to stare down at a screen. While on the TV you can just sit back and relax while you play.

      Gaming on the “go” isn’t all that much of a selling point to me personally either.
      See, if you’re in a car, you might get motion sick.
      In a public place, its not that enjoyable either. You will likely not be able to listen to the game that clearly even with headphones. And you might not hear someone talking behind your back. Screens are also best looked at in places that are a bit darker, like indoors. The sun won’t let you see that well. Besides, if I’m outside, i’ll just enjoy the fresh air :)
      Lastly, if you’re traveling, you will likely be at someone else’s home, where there will ALSO be a TV! So you would have brought a full fledged console in your hands that can connect to the TV.

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    3. Millgiass’s avatar

      I only wanna do it to capture game play footage. I have Disgaea world records to flaunt but I can’t with my current set up because people bitch about image/sound quality since it’s camera to vita recording.

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  9. ivo’s avatar

    hdmi IN + hdmi out psvita for xbox one compatibility and dualsystem mode

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    1. Josh M’s avatar

      REALLY? LOL

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      1. jake’s avatar

        Not hating on the XBOX ONE console (it definitely has the best controller in my book), but imagine if the PS4 had a HDMI in as well… I mean, you could play wii on your Vita, or your PC on your Vita, or even watch live (ok a bit of lag but still) TV in your bedroom at night when everyones sleeping.

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        1. drd7of14’s avatar

          The T.V. would work, with lag, but that hardly matters, but you would still need a Wiimote and a keyboard and mouse. It wouldn’t control those consoles using the VITA’s inputs through the PS4. The PS4 plugged into an Xbox One, you can’t use an Xbox One controller to control the PS4 interface. You need to pick up the PS4 controller. It just sends the video through the units, essentially saving an hdmi port.

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          1. drd7of14’s avatar

            Oh yeah, and wasting power, cause the Xbox One is then…on the whole time.

  10. ivo’s avatar

    infectus UP2 PSV TNV PSVITA

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  11. mangosteam’s avatar

    thats very cool considering its not region lock anymore!!

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  12. MightyZ’s avatar

    Now THIS is interesting..

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  13. sdfsf’s avatar

    i think Katsu is like DarkAlex in nowadays
    DarkAlex – psp
    Katsu – Vita

    keep on wurkin. Dont stop

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    1. tinostar91’s avatar

      katsu is using known facts about Vita (Video test pins, eMMC pin layout) and experiments, I wouldn’t say that programming for which was DAX well known has something to do with hardware modding.
      Oh, and also katsu didn’t do anything seriously groundbreaking on software side of Vita yet apart from that corrupted names in settings (Yifan’s comment to that)

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      1. Acid_Snake’s avatar

        I agree with you, while Katsu’s achievements are awesome, he kinda had all the info and tools to his disposal, anyone with that could have done it, DAX on the other side hacked the PSP blindfolded, with little to no information to hold up with.

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        1. shapeshifter0100’s avatar

          and no protection on the psp at the time compared to the vita’s security

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  14. francis’s avatar

    Yay!gigle……:D

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  15. ivo’s avatar

    i want a psvita with hdmi IN&OUT
    and modchips flashers and patchers
    alongside tnv-psp-1001I1 exploit
    without the need of external
    installation of software release

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    1. tinostar91’s avatar

      Then make it by yourself, why are you waiting for others to make stuff you want?

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  16. anhnghia’s avatar

    3 hacks in a row? He’s on fire!! TEAM FIRE!

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    1. Fa Rzo’s avatar

      There is no hack yet…..they still working on downgrading……lol just go fuck yourself kid :p

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      1. Ksteeze’s avatar

        Relax asshole.

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  17. dyeyam’s avatar

    I hope instructions will be posted soon

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  18. Airoue’s avatar

    Katsu is the hacker the scene needs, but doesn’t necessarily deserve.

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    1. jake’s avatar

      The scene to Katsu: “OMFG GET ME A REAL HACK UR SO LAME YOUR NOT EVEN HACKING YOU NOOB”
      The scene to TN: “WHY CANT I PLAY VITA *BACKUPS* ON THIS SO GAY JUST BUY A PSP PPL!”
      The scene to Yifan Lu: “So… can we play Vita games on this?”

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      1. McLoven’s avatar

        Lol. This guy

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    2. jake’s avatar

      ik this scene is annoying but I hope that won’t matter :D

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  19. ivo’s avatar

    what about patches to compile psplink2.0 as wifi 660 plugin ?

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  20. ivo’s avatar

    if u compile psplink2.0 wifi as 660 plugin
    then u can run it on vita
    and once u have a working connection
    u can run remotejoy plugin
    to see psp screen on pc

    and u can do so mutch more with psplink
    from debug output to launching any host
    on ur pc remote directory directly.
    cheers

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  21. Techni Myoko’s avatar

    Hackers once again, fixing Sony’s mistakes. What else have they fixed? They made PSP go, actually useful, the christmas it was hacked to play PSP games. They enabled custom soundtracks/remote play/screenshots in all PS3 games. Unlocked the PS2 and PSP emulators on PS3 to play any game it was capable of running. Sony is synonymous with sitting on their hands.

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    1. mixedfish’s avatar

      So they’re sitting on their hands because the PSP go couldn’t play PSP games?

      Have a think.

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  22. Charles Fasano’s avatar

    I would assume that this would use a micro HDMI port as that would be nice and small. Unless this uses that accessory port that we don’t know what it does.

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    1. jake’s avatar

      Apparently it was an upscaler, and the vita only needed something to connect it to the tv to actually work. Nothing to do with any hardware issues, just the fact they didn’t release the cable. (This may not be true but I read it here: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=682953)

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  23. kuagelo’s avatar

    Now /this/ is a PS Vita TV.

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  24. kramoyag’s avatar

    wow no more ps vita tv..

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  25. lemski07’s avatar

    thats what you call ps vita tv lol

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  26. Edward Carnby’s avatar

    I think we should start donating to these guys….

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  27. MilkySan’s avatar

    Holy CRAP, this is awesome. We should definitely start donating!

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  28. Anonymous’s avatar

    I have two questions on this. Does it work on Vita Slim, and how will he provide detail (selling installation service or providing schematics).

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  29. lolwut’s avatar

    i guess sony is silly enough for not including HDMI out in PSVita when they put tvout on PSP. They gave youtubers (well not limited only to youtube) a hard time capture their gaming session, i guess that’s yet another reason Vita sales not so great. WELL those videos means very much like FREE ADVERTISEMENTS. Sony go fix it with PSVita3000 or your next portable console (PSP3 !? don’t forget video out port) ::peace::

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    1. Hazer7’s avatar

      They are probably going to enable the streaming option as they already announced that there would be streaming with niconico

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      1. maxxxivo’s avatar

        What streaming option?

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      2. lolwut’s avatar

        no, you can’t use niconico streaming while playing game.

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        1. lolwut’s avatar

          on same psvita LOL *to be clear*

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        2. lolwut’s avatar

          simply not enough processing power.

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  30. tokia’s avatar

    cant wait.

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  31. Occuler’s avatar

    Superb Breakthrough but seems very Risky. Soldering and all. Possible Brick. Awesome still.

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  32. Quetz’s avatar

    O_________O

    I WANT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    <3 Katsu

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  33. 110706’s avatar

    I guess he took some inspiration from Vita TV HDMI port? anyway great news! you rock Katsu!

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  34. Jun Chang’s avatar

    Make it public.
    These guys will be finished.
    http://www.3dsvideocapture.com/product/32

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    1. fate6’s avatar

      It is public :/

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      1. JCseto’s avatar

        I meant the tutorial or the schematics.

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        1. Stranno’s avatar

          Details soon.

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  35. Nazar_Ops’s avatar

    So will we see a tutorial on how to do this?

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  36. lightbulb010’s avatar

    Who wants to tear apart their vita tv to trace out the video circuit? Anyone? C’mon be a sport!

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    1. Nazar_Ops’s avatar

      Um I do. I want to be able to record PSVITA gameplay.

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  37. Sky Yuki’s avatar

    Katsu was people who do it yourself
    Interest of waiting for sony to do it
    Nice guy

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  38. englishMON’s avatar

    cant wait to use it on my 46 inch touch screen wowaweewah!

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  39. gunblade’s avatar

    Make a android tv psvita android hybrid the usb ones should jus need a battery and figure out how for get the psvita controllers to work with the android tv I was think jus wire the vita bluthooth in the the android bluthooth but idk if it would work right if the vita can’t realy sync the android tv think Sony Need a update for the vita.. well if the vita scene got downgrade backups hdmi all need not like a custume firm lol if Sony be doing the same thing weird though I thought the tree file was needed to update the vita. was different guess was the fact each file had a different folder..lol.. idk not sure.. still coool.. speacker mods psp had speacker mods full 5.1 sound lol.

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    1. vFX’s avatar

      WTH this keep getingg smaller and smller D

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