PS Vita Debug Firmware 3.15 spotted at Japan Expo 2014!
From time to time there are Conventions and Expos, at which sony showcases new software and sometimes new hardware too.
Be it the annually Gamescom in Germany, the Japan Expo or another event, development and debug devices are spotted at those places all the time, and sometimes someone is able to create a video showcasing these devices.
Our friend TomTomdu80 managed to fetch a video of a debug PS Vita, running the debug firmware 3.15, at this year’s Japan Expo in France.
As you can see in the video above, said PS Vita device is a debug device, which has various special functions and feature, e.g. the debug Settings.
This is not the first time that people were able to record such a device, previous occurrences at the Gamescom in Germany had proven this.
But what is a debug firmware/device, how can we get this for our everyday PS Vitas and can this enable a real Custom Firmware for the PS Vita?
A debug firmware is a special firmware for a debug PS Vita device, which, like the name says, is for debugging software, e.g. testing upcoming games, testing upcoming firmwares (this is usually done in private, not at conventions) and more.
A debug PS Vita can also install PKGs via the package Installer application, via the Content Downloader (found inside of the debug settings) and via a few more ways, which enables you to add content to your PS Vita without the need of a computer or the content manager application of the PS Vita.
Those debug firmware are not publicly available, and even if they were, there is currently no way to install those to a retail PS Vita device.
For the last question, this does not enable an easy way for a real PS Vita Custom Firmware, but being able to actually debug at the PS Vita would help to get more information about the device, and it would to further exploit the PS Vita.
If you are now interested in the debug Firmware of the PS Vita, then check out this YouTube playlist, which features a few videos of previous PS Vita debug firmwares (e.g. from the Gamescom).
Source via TomTomdu80.