Hacker TheFloW has released his and Team Freek’s tool Vitamin to dump and decrypt PS vita games. Following our policy* on this tool, we will not be sharing links here related to this release, and we appreciate if you can refrain from sharing such links on this site. Out of respect for the work of TheFloW however, I’m leaving his donation link in the explanation below. Remember that donating does not entitle you to anything special.
This official release, according to TheFloW, brings a lot of new features and bug fixes compared to the leaked release:
Additional self dumping (higher compatibility)
PARAM.SFO patching to prevent 0x80101144 error
Games are dumped as ‘safe’ homebrews
More stable dumper
Better UI with progress bar and percentage
Also, I incorrectly stated yesterday that the 444MHz mode was to dump games faster, this was incorrect, it is for dumped games to run at 444MHz (i.e. faster).
Additionally to the release, TheFloW gave a long explanation on the circumstances of this release and Team FreeK‘s reaction to the leak:
by TheFloW, Major Tom, mr. gas
This software has been written by us within 4 weeks, which we planned to release anonymously under the name Team FreeK. However Major Tom accidently shared an old built with a group of people, in which one or more of them decided to leak a game first and the day after the tool itself. For no reason. As we, Team FreeK already wanted to officially provide the dumper soon.
Now, there are some people who say: You guys actually wanted to release it anyways, why do you get mad about a leak then? Let’s say their wifes give premature births and their children aren’t well developed yet, would they also say: The baby would have actually come out anyways, why do you get sad? That was a bizarre example, but it’s actually how we feel about a project: We took care of it and worked on it 5h per day with full of passion until it was fully developed. Not only was our disappointment big, but also our helplessness, when we saw our work floating in the internet without our knowledge. We were then called babies because we showed some emotions when we faced the fact that our work, that we have been taking care for one month, got leaked.
The betrayal drove Major Tom so mad, he just left the scene immediately, not because he was a dramaboy as some people think, but because he didn’t feel respected by anyone. The same feelings did I and mr. gas also have, as we couldn’t believe how many people existed who were so disrespectful and impudent and even insulted us. There is also a small part of people who is totally against piracy and think that we damaged the whole PS Vita game industry. From our perspective, piracy was unavoidable, it would happen sooner or later. Our private motivation was, to be very first group that would release the first tool ever to dump and launch pirated games. We, personally, don’t care alot about games, as we have already bought those we liked. We also considered the PS Vita game industry as dead, I mean, not even $ony shows support for the device anymore.
Beside all these people that made us feel sad, there’s luckly an even bigger group of people that show understanding and thankfulness. And thanks to them that was what motivated me to release the final tool in the end. I want to support those who supported us.
We also want to express our thankfulness to Team molecule, as their work HENkaku is brilliant. A masterpiece. Their work is true hacking. Ours on the other hand is just a software that makes use of some tricks to dump games.
* Given that the main use of Vitamin is to decrypt and pirate games (although backups and plugins are a very legit, and in my opinion fair, use case as well), I have decided to not allow links to this tool on Wololo.net for the time being. People have rightfully mentioned that we have been distributing PSP Custom Firmware on this site, wondering how that is different. This is true, but there are two reasons I feel these are ok. First, PSP Custom Firmwares have way more goals than enabling piracy, in particular they are a requirement for most homebrews to run. Secondly, game Piracy had been mainstream on the PSP since 2005, 4 years before we started distributing Custom Firmwares here at wololo.net. The financial damage, in my opinion, is way more significant here as the Vita is still “current gen” and Vitamin is a first of its kind. We can talk about this policy again in 4 years.