Developer/hacker Josh Axey releases his Vita hardware research
Josh Axey, who’s been an active “under the hood” vita hacker for several months (and temporarily a blogger on this site), recently released his investigation files on the Vita hardware/software exploit.
Now, before people jump up and down, the files contained in there will probably not teach anything new to anyone who’s looked deeply into the Vita already. There’s no breakthrough exploit, nothing in the files is stuff that you couldn’t find on your own with some research, or that Josh_Axey hasn’t already shared on his twitter account.
What’s interesting about the archive though (1.46GB uncompressed) is that it shows us what type of data one collects as they investigate some “black box” hardware. The archive is an interesting mix of pictures of the vita and its internals (that range in quality from “informative” to “totally unusable” – what the heck is wrong with your camera, Josh???), AutoCAD files, random logs, notes, and megabytes of hardware specification documents from various manufacturers.
This confirms even more that console hacking today goes one step further than the “hobby” it used to be 5 or 10 years ago: deep understanding of everything related to the industry (“how do competitors build their memory cards? Are there similarities we can look into?”) seems to be required to get a basic grasp of the console hardware.
Those interested to download Josh’s archive can find it below
(Additional credits available in the readme)