PS Vita Hardware Mod (2 of 3): Extra Speakers
Here is part two of my PS Vita Hardware Mod series. A lot of the people with 3G Vitas complained about the last mod because they were not able to do it. Good news, both WiFi only and 3G owners can do this mod. Thanks to zakaiya, with this mod, you can add in two extra speakers to your Vita, almost accomplishing a surround sound effect. Also, those who were able to do the battery mod will also be able to do this one. There is enough space in your Vita.
DISCLAIMER: Any screw ups you make are 100% your fault and I nor zakaiya are to blame. Thank you and have a great day.
What you will need:
- PSP Speakers
- A Phillips #00 Screwdriver
- A soldering iron & solder
- An electric drill
- A 3/32″ drill bit
- Super glue
- 30 gauge solid core wire
- Wire strippers
- Wire cutters
The first thing you need to do is disassemble your Vita. You can follow this guide here if you need help. This is what you should be left with. Take note of the rectangled/circled areas.
3G Back Panel
This next part is actually pretty easy. You might want to get your soldering iron plugged in now, so that it will be warmed up. You need to get your 30 gauge wire cut and stripped. Measure the distance between the PS Vita speakers and where you are going to place the PSP speakers (this is the rectangled/circled areas). Make sure that you do not cut the wire to short but it is ok, if not better if you cut it a bit to long as you can trim it up later. Now, take your soldering iron and dab some solder on it. Solder it on, as seen in the photo below. Repeat with the other speaker.
At this point, you need to take your pliers and twist out to plastic grooves in the section indicated below. On the 3G Vita, half of the work is done for you. Also, the right side of the 3G is actually removable. Be careful during this part. Repeat on the other side.
You can place the PSP speakers in to see how they fit.
Time to make an opening for the sound to come out of. Take the drill, attach the drill bit, and drill a hole where the speaker will be placed. Remove the extra material and do the same on the opposite side.
Get out your super glue and apply it around the black ring on the PSP speaker.
As soon as possible, put down the speakers in their specified places and wait for the glue to set and dry completely.
With the speakers in place, now you can solder the wires to the prongs on the PS Vita speakers. Simply follow what you see in the pictures below. Use small dabs of solder until you feel like you have it good. Do not use massive globs because it is absolutely necessary for them wires to make contact with the daughter boards. If contact is not made, sound will not be delivered, and all of your work will be for nothing.
You’re done! Put your Vita back together.
That my people, is how to get some extra sound coming out of you PS Vita. Thank you to zakaiya for the directions and images. That’s all for now from me, The Jay Doctor.
P.S. Those of you that don’t like that closing, comment and I’ll change it.
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