Warez group PSiCO release first Vita cartridge dump: Uncharted Golden Abyss
A peculiar release happened on the piracy scene this week: what is claimed to be the first ever Vita game dump release. Warez group PSiCO released what is described a dump of PS Vita Game Uncharted Golden Abyss.
Dumping the content of Vita game cartridges has been a possibility for some time, for those who have the right set of skills (not, not you Liam Neeson!): last year, Mr.Gas demonstrated that he was able dump the content of a vita cartridge and boot the game from his memory stick, and a few weeks ago he released a technique to dump a decrypted version of vita games.
A few months ago, Team Cobra announced they were going to release “Cobra blackfin”, a p2p “Vita game sharing” system. From what we can tell, such a mechanism would also require people to be able to acquire Vita game dumps. Although the “Cobra blackfin” from team Cobra appears to be indefinitely delayed, it seems obvious that they have ways to copy the contents of the cartridges as well.
But this week’s release by PSiCO is apparently the first public one on mainstream piracy channels. Additionally, team PSiCO give some interesting details on the release. They state: “The contents you find in this release come pre-decrypted without the pesky PFS encryption layer”. Conversely, the Cobra blackfin p2p system was designed to defeat some of the encryption on the Vita games. Rather than trying ways to remove authentication, Team Cobra have decided to fake the authentication step through their systems.
This release by PSiCO, however, claims to remove the security layer from the game entirely. As such it would require PS Vita hacks to bypass the security checks in the first place. Obviously, there exists no way to actually run this content today: there are no emulators for the PS Vita, and no system has been released publicly to run unsigned Vita game dumps.
Update: as several of you pointed out, it is extremely likely that PSiCO have been using Mr.Gas’s recently announced technique to dump Vita games without PFS protection…
Team PSiCO say they will release more Vita dumps in the future.
The full release NFO below:
Source: via psxtools.de, thanks to Daniel V.