Mr. Gas did it again. He recently shared a video showing him booting off a dumped cartridge game from vita memory card.
Mr. Gas shared a video titled “ps vita cartridge dump working from ux0: ! ” yesterday. In the video Mr. Gas shows the icon of the game “Power Smash 4″ in the Livescreen and he gets an error when trying to run the game. After that, he puts the cartridge to his vita, he gets a warning message about the game being both on memory card and cartridge so the cartridge version couldn’t be installed. After that step, he pulls out the cartridge and he can run the game from the Livescreen without the cartridge. As Power Smash 4 is a cartridge only game, it is impossible to do this without dumping the game cartridge contents to vita’s memory card (or internal memory) and boot from there.
Mr. Gas later explained in his twitter account that it is still needed to plug the cartridge once after each reboot.
Here is the video showing Mr. Gas in action:
Is this piracy? No, I don’t think so, as you still need the physical cartridge every time you restart your vita.
Is it useful? Apart from the technical info it provides/might provide in the future, it could be very useful for daily gaming too. For example I generally buy physical versions of the games and each time I travel, I give extra care not to lose these little cartridges. If this method gets released, I could just dump them and save them somewhere safe in case I need them after reboot. It is not clear however at this point if the trick works for several games at once, or if we’d have to enter a cartridge every time we switch games.