VitaStick – Use your Vita as a USB controller!
The plugin frenzy has continued, this time to save you a penny on buying a USB controller. Cheaper USB controllers tend to have bad build quality or a bad d-pad/analogue stick so this one is more for people who feel like saving a buck. Developer ‘xerpi’, who’s developed ds3vita and ds4vita amongst other things has come up with VitaStick for us all.
What is VitaStick?
VitaStick is yet another plugin that makes our Vita even more useful. The controller is relatively unique because it’s seen by the computer as a generic USB gamepad so that it should work without any issues on most OSes released in the past decade (and a half). This plugin is of course a taiHEN plugin that could save you a buck if you like the Vita’s control scheme. Installation, is quite simple too so it’s not very hard to just try it out.
How do I install it?
First of all, you need to download the latest version of the plugin. Apart from installing it in the kernel section of taiHEN’s ‘config,txt’, you need to install the companion homebrew that comes with it in order to be able to use it. As with all other VPKs, you need to install via VitaShell. After that you need to load the plugin (either by reloading config.txt) via Molecular Shell OR by rebooting and reapplying taiHEN. Then, just open the VPK you just installed (i.e VitaStick) and connect your Vita via USB to your computer and hope for the best 😉 The developer suggests you put the plugin in another directory that’s not ‘ux0:/plugins’. The VitaStick homebrew also takes the job of lowering the CPU clock as to save battery while using it.
As always, make sure you get the files from a verified source and have fun with your Vita as a controller! Follow the links below for the full instructions and download links.
Latest version (0.3): https://github.com/xerpi/vitastick/releases/tag/0.3