I’ve been waiting on confirmation of this one for a while. I had seen the original tweet, but without confirmation about it from TheFloW himself I wouldn’t dare write about something that could be utterly misleading. With that said, it is indeed great news the USB Mass Storage is finally coming to the PS Vita. Which also seems to show that even during his break from the scene, TheFloW can’t stop working on Vita-related things.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, this is the tweet that set the scene on fire last week:
As you can clearly see, it’s a picture of an USB Device (formatted in exFAT) that shares the same folders as the ux0: partition on the PS Vita. Unfortunately, that’s all we know at this point. There were people assuming that this USB connection was created through Adrenaline, but he has refuted that claim.
What does this mean for you, the user?
The short version is: goodbye qCMA, goodbye VitaShell FTP. The only reason why alternative methods to copy files to the Vita were created (.mp4 trick, FTP transfer) was because the Vita was made to not have any sort of storage you could access on your computer. Only the CMA tool was able to communicate with the PS Vita for files transfers and only in a very limited way.
This upcoming release will allow us users to copy files unrestricted to the PS Vita memory card. This also means that we will finally be able to enjoy speedy transfer speeds which was the clear weak point of the FTP method. We could do so until now using the .mp4 switch but that wasn’t very practical and still depended on qCMA. With this upcoming release, the PS Vita will finally be free from the shackles imposed upon it by Sony. Good riddance.
Now all we have to do is wait until February… and maybe hope for an earlier release.
From all the staff here at Wololo.net, we wish you a merry Christmas!