Viimote 1.0, which is a homebrew plugin that allows you to control your Vita with a WiiMote, has been released. The homebrew has also exited beta stage which shows that it’s getting pretty stable. Quite an interesting plugin as it’s pretty weird considering that a Nintendo controller got supported before the DS3/DS4. DS4 is currently supported via ds4vita now.
What exactly is ViiMote?
ViiMote is a homebrew plugin that lets you use your PSVita with a WiiMote. Setting it up is pretty simple as you can use the Vita’s settings application. Installing the plugin is also pretty straightforward if you only need to edit taiHEN’s config file (config.txt). This is all possible because Nintendo uses Bluetooth for the Wiimote instead of something proprietary.
Enable viimote.skprx in taiHEN’s config.txt
Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth devices
Press the 1 and 2 button simultaneously on the Wiimote for 2 seconds
The Wiimote should connect automatically
Note: When the Wiimote connects for the first time, it will get somewhat paired to the Vita, if you disconnect it and you want to connect it again, you must delete the pairing by pressing over it and then selecting Delete.
The following changes occured:
Beta 5.2: Set center values to right joystick (when using nunchuk) and triggers
Beta 5.3: Fix kernel joystick emulation
Release 1.0: Fix Wiimote not continuously sending data reports.
The releases are mostly bug fixes but they’re pretty important ones as stability is improved.
This is quite an interesting plugin but it’s important to note that motion controls are not yet supported. Giving another use to your old Wiimote is quite an interesting concept and it’s always nice to see older hardware being reutilised.