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Your second chance to get a MicroSD adatper for your Vita 3G!

Aurora

I’m a girl that’s liked technology from day 1. Mostly interested in the PSVita/PSP scene but I’ve always modded my stuff when it’s possible, that is :)

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61 Responses

  1. acidmango

    if you have a fat WiFi only you can also swap the board inside for the 3G model

    • acidmango

      Oope you totally said that, my bad 😉

    • M1lk4h0l1c

      Just swapped my WiFi board for a 3G one (bought at AliExpress). Unlinked my memcard, swapped the board, logged into PSN and now everything works just as before (including game saves etc.). Now I have to wait for the adapter and Enso to arrive.

      To everyone trying to replace boards: You have to cut out a tiny section of the back cover in order to close the Vita’s case. There are some supporting plastic braces in the back cover that the 3G model does not have where the modem and PCIe slot is.

      • nope

        Good point, forgot to make that comment below. It’s easy to do and will not have any adverse effects. If you google a link for what a 3G console looks like you can figure out exactly what needs to be removed and what can stay.

    • otto

      Or buy a mini pci e 4mm connector and solder it to the main board. I will do it ;D

      • Fritz

        will it work even with the firmware of the motherboard of the vita being for the non-3g one? will it detect the 3g module converted to micro sd slot module?

  2. Dmaskell92

    I wish I had some notice, my funds are tied until next Friday.

  3. Matt

    Got one! Thanks aurora!

  4. Panda

    Dangit, just when I didn’t have the money for another week. 🙁

  5. nope

    Everyone keeps downplaying the process of swapping your motherboard and honestly I don’t get it. It’s mad easy to do, lot of screws and what not, but really if you’re careful and have $35 in your pocket you can upgrade easily. Takes maybe 15 min tops and I’m being generous.

    • nope

      Now if we were talking about buying a whole new Vita just for this, I would understand that. But if you have a phat console and don’t feel attached to your wifi only board just take the plunge. If you wait too long, the price for 3G boards will probably go up, if you can even find any new ones at all. Just my opinion on it.

    • M1lk4h0l1c

      Swapped my mainboard today. Works fine now. Never opened up a Vita before and it took me around 20 minutes (used the instructions at ifixit). I can be quite frustrating to get the back cover off. That part took me more than 5 minutes.

      • nope

        Oh I agree with that. I’ve opened many many consoles now and I can say the best way I’ve learned to do it is to slide your fingernail between the two shell pieces at all four corners of the console. At the top, between the triggers and the back of the shell, and the bottom between the hook and the back of the shell. More often than not the shell comes apart easily if you create an opening at all four corners.

      • touch

        where did you find the board you used? having trouble

        • nope

          Check eBay, they always have stock there. Usually go for $30-$35, but right now the only place which might have them is China. I’m sure others have already cleaned out a lot of the stock.

          • VitaForevs

            Now that I realized you could swap a 3G vita motherboard in any wifi model it made sense to look for a cool edition vita and I’m going to drop a 3G board into a blue Jap phat that I ordered and then plan on adding the psvsd adapter. can’t wait 🙂

  6. Dan

    Just got in for one. I still have a WiFi model, but this makes it worth picking up a 3G unit somewhere.

    • M1lk4h0l1c

      Just order a used 3G mainboard online. They cost around 25 bucks and it takes less than 30 minutes to replace them. I did it today in about 20 minutes.

      • Dan

        I’m really tempted to do that, save a solid hundred bucks in the end. But I’ll need to look at the difficulty and time investment. I used to do a LOT of modding, actually made a pretty penny doing it for others back in the early to mid 2000’s. I haven’t done much in the way of hardware mods since damaging a connector pin on my old slim ps3 in 2014. I think that the frustration there, added to the fact that I’m currently working a full-time-plus job while doing college courses online… It makes me hesitant to increase the risk of another failed project, the “time wasted” portion can be incredibly frustrating. Maybe I’ll look up some tuts and see how comfortable I am with the process.

  7. Leedlebud

    FIRST

  8. zfreeman

    You might want to fix the article’s title. *Adapter

  9. Pirate Cat

    You transposed the p & t in the title.

    I’ll be waiting this out, though I applaud the price.

  10. Jagerbomber

    Adatper?

  11. nakedfaerie

    SO this is an extra memory or completely swaps it?
    So if I have a 64GB memory card like I already do and I install this can I use a 64GB MicroSD card and have 128GB of useable space?
    Will it work on any Vita 3g? Or does it need homebrew enabled? EG, will it work with the latest firmware or only 3.60 firmware Vitas?

    • nope

      I’m guessing it will be similar to the PSTV using a usb drive. You can have both, but cannot use both at once.

    • cracker

      It is for Henkaku-enabled systems only. It sounds like it might need to be Ensō to enable the mounting of the mSD at boot. Enabling both at the same time would cause it to fail at reading either I’m sure. Hardware-wise you would want to add a switch to the board to cut the power and disable the mSD. Maybe the plugin will support choosing the card to mount upon boot (but will waste extra power).

  12. d3nso

    sadly only payable via credit card and I don’t own one… 🙁

  13. OoZic

    Why only credit card? I don’t own one and I seriously don’t want to own one because it is the reason of so much financial trouble (fraud) in this world 🙁

    Is there any way I can buy one with PayPal ??

  14. Franky

    Do the mPCIe points on Wifi models not actually work or something? They are there.

    • demosthenes

      I think the issue is that on the wifi models, the mPCIe points are just bare solder points on the board; there’s no connector into which to slot the new card (the white part labeled 217FB in iFixit’s photos: https://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/guJKCMX1nupBChOj.huge).

      so potentially doable (assuming there’s not some model-specific logic in the firmware), but would require sourcing your own connector piece to attach the microSD adapter card’s pins to the board.

  15. goyscript nexus 1

    welding mandatory in the board hardware of psvita?

  16. Salar

    I cant get one , cause i live in iran 🙁

  17. Capten

    Rosted Roch!

  18. Jake

    So is it expected for other people to start manufacturing these after the indie gogo is over?

    • cracker

      It will be open source to all so anyone can manufacture these boards. Once everything is released, it won’t be long before Chinese manufacturers make them readily available.

  19. Hiker5

    Got in on this while it was still good.

  20. Aces

    39 left

  21. Charles Fasano

    Gone

  22. VitaForever

    I grabbed one guys! thanks wololo

  23. Jack Attack

    Dang, the one day I don’t check wololo like regular…

  24. SrTommy

    ***, I came late….. again 🙁

  25. PSVitaNoob

    I really hope this becomes commercial at some point! I’d buy one!

  26. Too late

    Damn, sold out again. Have you guys heard of a pre-paid debit card. Can get it at the local CVS, 7-11, Walmart, Target….etc. Just load money on there and buy away. No credit needed.

  27. Yoti

    Sold out. Again. >_<

  28. ATIVSP

    Thankyou Wololo, this time it only took less then 120 minutes for it to run out

    Surely Yiifan-sama will do atleast one more batch for the people who did mis out again due to work and so on.

    ,Greetz

  29. Darth Agnon

    I guess that since the mod replaces the 3G card, it means the Vita 3G loses its GPS capabilities (eg. for Go!Explore in Adrenaline)?

    • PSVitaNoob

      It won’t lose it’s GPS capabilities, but it would lose the chance of pulling in needed data of 3G that the apps in question were wanted from the internet. You’d need a wifi connection instead. After all, all you’re doing is the 3G PCB, not the GPS PCB. (If I’ve understood things correctly). GPS tracking doesn’t need the internet – that much I do know for sure. A-GPS does though.

  30. xXx_vAj_xXx

    Too bad it’s already sold out LOL

  31. lemming

    Sold out again

    Why even put a limit on it?

    He should just take as many orders as there is demand

    • tech3475

      Likely because:
      1) The item is still in the development stage (remember: it’s a crowd funded project).
      2) It could mess up the price of producing this (for the worse).
      3) It’s going to be open source anyway, so if there’s enough demand you may find someone else make them.
      4) Small projects like this tend to be produced in batches anyway.