Big FAQ: Lower Firmwares & activating PSN accounts, transferring Content, 3.50 Pool Exploits, which eCFWs, …
Since a lot of people have a lot of questions regarding the PS Vita, how to get games on lower firmwares, how to activate the device, and so on…
Have yet another FAQ which will hopefully answer all your questions.
Frequently asked Questions – Lower PS Vita (TV) firmwares, eCFWs & content transfer
How can I upgrade/downgrade my PS Vita (TV) firmware from X.XX to Y.YY?
In general can you update your PS Vita to a selected firmware by using OpenCMA and replacing its XML file with one of the ones I offer (The Z’s manual firmware update thread), or by using QCMA and putting the (release) update file (available here) into QCMA’s ‘QCMA-Update’ directory. Either of these methods will do the job.
Downgrading a PS Vita, despite some April’s Fool attempts, is not possible.
You cannot downgrade a PS Vita’s system software (yet)!
How can I activate my PS Vita (TV) on a lower firmware?
If your PS Vita is running an older firmware, then you WILL need the help of a Playstation 3 to activate your PS Vita.
You will have to download one of your bought PSN PSP games onto the PS3 and use the OpenCMA/QCMA + PS3 Trick to transfer and thus activate your lower firmware PS Vita.
Follow this for activating your lower firmware PS Vita with a Playstation 3 (You can ignore the firmware parts).
Keep in mind that some firmwares are excluded from this method (various older 1.xx firmwares) and that a PS TV (VitaTV) will require a Playstation 3 + a Proxy to activate the mentioned device.
For the PS TV (VitaTV) follow these instructions. This should also work with a regular PS Vita.
How can I transfer PSN bought games onto my lower firmware PS Vita (TV)?
On most firmwares you will have to use a Playstation 3 to add content onto your lower firmware PS Vita device. This is once again possible via the OpenCMA/QCMA + PS3 Trick (ignore the firmware parts).
On the second most recent firmware (Firmware 3.50 is the most recent at the moment, thus firmware 3.36 is the second most recent one), and ONLY on the second most recent firmware(!), it is possible to use 2 tricks to add content onto your PS Vita. These Tricks require either nothing at all, or just the usage of the PS Vita update blocker Proxy programme.
The first Trick is the Download Queue trick. You simply login into your PSN account on http://store.playstation.com/ and check your download list. On said download list should be a ‘Download onto (all) my PS Vita device(s)’ button, which you have to press.
This will force the download of the selected game onto (all) your PS Vita device(s) the next time you reboot your PS Vita(s) with enabled Wifi connection.
The second Trick is done via the PS Vita Update Blocker v1.2. You simply start the programm on your PC and follow the on-screen instructions.
The programme will then spoof the PS Vita’s firmware upon connection to the PSN services, which should enable you to go Online on the second most recent firmware (this would be 3.36 as of now).
Being able to go Online enables you to add content onto your lower firmware PS Vita.
How can I add content from my PC to my lower firmware PS Vita (VitaTV)?
On the regular (fat & slim) PS Vita you can simply use OpenCMA or QCMA to transfer content from/to your PC/Vita. – If your PS Vita wants an Update, then be sure to grab the right version of CMA + OpenCMA (available here), or that you’ve selected the right Protocol Version inside of QCMA’s settings menu.
It is also recommended to enable the Airplane mode, disable Wifi and then reboot the PS Vita. This should allow you to transfer content, as long as you’ve installed the right OpenCMA or that you’re using the right configuration for QCMA.
On the PS TV (VitaTV) you will have to use OpenCMA or QCMA in addition to the PS Vita Update Blocker, since the PS TV (VitaTV) can only transfer files via Wifi, and this would perform a firmware check (which then blocks the data transfer).
So OpenCMA or QCMA for the regular PS Vita, and OpenCMA or QCMA in addition to the Update Blocker for the PS TV (VitaTV).
FAQ: Qwikrazor’s Pool Exploits, eCFWs, Custom Bubbles and co.
How can I set up Custom Bubbles after I’ve got Qwikrazor’s Pool Exploit on my PS Vita?
At first it is worth to say that Firmware 3.50 is not able to set up any Custom Bubbles, because those are patched as of system software 3.50.
On Firmwares 3.36 (and below) you are able to use Qwikrazor’s Pool Exploit (either Pool Hall Pro or World of Pool) to run PSPFiler via the ARK-2 eCFW, which grants you the ability to set up Custom Bubbles.
It requires you to pay attention and gathering all the information slowly and carefully, because a slight mistake can render the wished Custom Bubble unable to do what you want, and you would have to start over again.
This cannot seriously harm your device, don’t worry.
Nothing a quick system restore can’t fix!
In case you still need help, check out my ‘short’ Tutorials on how to create Custom Bubbles (Homebrew/Games).
My PS Vita’s currently running the ‘Game: X’ Exploit. Do I need the new Exploit?
No. You do not need a new exploit game, if your current one is fully working. The only reason would be if you want to update to firmware 3.50, which is not recommended.
On any other firmware you are able to set up Custom Bubbles and then Update to your desired firmware (not higher than 3.36!). This still enables you to run an eCFW without the need to buy a new exploit game.
Can I use Firmware X.YZ for the Exploit as well?
In general, yes. You can use pretty much any Firmware you want, as long as it is not higher than version 3.50.
So you can use 3.36, 3.35, 3.30, 3.20, 3.18, 3.15, 3.12, 3.10, 3.01, 3.00, and so on. It does not matter that your device is not running EXACTLY version 3.36 or 3.50.
Can we use TN-V, TN-X or the PSOne Loader on 3.3x/3.50?
The answer is No. TN-V & TN-X can only be used by Total_Noob himself, due to various reasons.
The PSOne Loader can also not be updated to firmwares 3.3x/3.50, since an entry point (PS1 usermode exploit game) is missing.
You will be able to use TN-C (on 3.36), VHBL (3.36/3.50, but redudant) and the ARK-2 eCFW (3.36/3.50) with the Pool exploits.
So you can play PS1 games, but they will be soundless. Better than nothing, huh?
Can I use ‘older exploit game’ on ‘new firmware’ as well?
In general the answer is No! If you update your firmware above the previously stated ‘limit’, then your exploit will be rendered useless and is not capable of exploit the PS Vita at the newly installed firmware.
Please check the official Exploit game List to determine the highest firmware limit for your exploit game.
You might be suprise how many Exploit game have been re-exploit on a higher firmware. But in general will updating your device render your exploit useless.
I’ve updated my Vita, but I own ‘exploit game for older firmware’. Please re-exploit it for me!
Slow down, youngster. In general exploit games are not re-exploitable, and updating your device will require you to buy a new exploit game.
Sure, from time to time it might happen that a game can be re-used at a higher firmware, but don’t bother (especially) Qwikrazor with requests to re-exploit older exploit games.
If they think they can re-exploit games, then they will do it and eventually release said exploits, but they won’t do it just because you ask for it.
If you (or someone else who touched your device in your absense) have updated your Vita above your exploit games firmware limit, and you are unable to buy a new one (no money, hard to get in your country, another weak reason), well…, then sucks to be you.
People hate hindsight, but ‘you shouldn’t have updated your PS Vita’.
I think this should do the job so far. If you have some more questions, then feel free to write them in the comments.
I will try to answer most of them! Oh, and the release of the firmware 3.36/3.50 Pool exploit savedata files will be soon, so be patient!