If we take a look at the past, we will see that the duo Mr.gas and Major_Tom (also known as Tomtomdu80) always had some neat tricks up their sleeves, which, in the end, enabled you to do some cool stuff with your PS Vita.
This time the duo has yet another trick up their sleeves, and you can believe us when we say it is going to be a huge release.
You might remember the internal ID list, which was handy for calling the ★ Package Installer (via: psgm:open?titleid=NPXS10031) and some other hidden Applications, don’t you? This one is similar, but it does not only allow you to open hidden Applications, but also allows you to virtually dump anything¹ you want.
Dump, I said? That is correct. Tom & Gas’ have found a way to pretty much dump any file of the Playstation Vita, ¹as long as said file follows the requirements (listed below).
This enables you to not only dump a few applications, but also system files and even parts of the PS Vita’s NAND partition! This is a huge flaw, which, unfortunately, will be patched with the next Firmware update.
E-Fail Application & Explanation
This is not a typo, it is intentional. The E-Mail application of the PS Vita is highly flawed, and pretty much every method of dumping the files involves it.
You have to call a support_uri via the e-mail application, just like we used to do it in the past, for calling the ★ PKG Installer and other hidden applications.
The support_uri contains 3 parts, which are the following ones: Support_uri + file path + dot/period/fullstop (whatever name you prefer).
An example of a working support_uri would be the following one: “email:send?attach=ur0:shell/db/app.db.”
Keep in mind that there are a few requirements that apply, and if you cannot follow them, then you cannot use this.
You cannot dump any file that is larger than 2 Megabytes in size.
You cannot dig deeper than 7 directories at a time: ux0:/Subfolder1/Subfolder2/Subfolder3/Subfolder4/Subfolder5/Subfolder6/File7.txt
This only works up to Playstation Vita System Software 3.52. You read right, the next firmware patches this, unfortunately.
Features & Functions
While all this sounds really technical, if not complicated, what does this offer to the normal PS Vita user? You will be surprised how much this can offer you!
-BASICS – Reading – Dump ux0 – Dump any file (blind) – Dump cartridge – Writing – Write to ux0 – Write to any partition (except RO partitions, e.g: vs0) – Delete – Delete in ux0 – Delete in other partitions -TRICKS – All models – Custom themes – Full bubble customization (PSP/PSVita) – Bubble spawning (Hidden apps) – ePSP bubble creation (re-birth) – Package installation – Cartridge backup installation – Free trophies – PSTV – Run unplayable games – Registry edition – Switch PSN account – Make CMA backups for anyone (without linked PSN account) – Fake region – Semi-debug
This is a huge amount of upcoming things to play with! Great job Tom & Mr.gas!
Keep in mind that we are going to help you with these things. We are going to create some easy to follow Tutorials for you guys, so that you can easily use these things on your own (devices).
ETA? What to do in the meantime?
While we cannot give you an ETA yet, we can tell you what you can do in the meantime, though.
As Mr.gas mentioned in his release, you could take a look at your very own app.db (database), which might be useful in the future.
In the end we would like to thank Major_Tom and Mr.gas for this huge upcoming release, which will vastly improve the PS Vita’s quality of life!