You can now customize your (hacked) PS Vita’s fonts, but is it worth the risk?
Reddit user cxziaho recently revealed a technique to update the fonts on your PS Vita. This is something that lots of people have been wanting to do for a while, and the technique seems pretty straightforward. Long story short, the PS Vita is compatible with the OpenType Font format (.otf) (as well as, apparently, TrueType Font – ttf), and the font files on the psvita are just otf/ttf files renamed into .pvf.
Installing your own custom fonts mostly consists in renaming the .otf font of your choice into a .pvf file in the right folder on the psvita.
It sounds easy enough, but is not without risks, and for now there is no automated tool that lets you do it without any problem. At least one user has reported a brick since the method was unveiled a few days ago:
— SKGleba (@skgleba) September 24, 2017
I for now would not recommend to give this a try, until more information is provided as to what fonts are compatible or not, and tools with the right levels of verification are put into place.
With that being said, this looks like awesome progress for those willing to create custom themes for their ps vita, and we can probably expect the usual theme tools to get updates in order to support this soon.
The full method from cxziaho (source):
The ‘.pvf’ fonts used by the PS Vita are just renamed ‘.otf’ files (same magic in the header, which is
OTTO). This means you can replace the built in fonts with custom .otf fonts.
Doing this with the wrong font doesn’t brick your Vita (in fact the Vita can boot without
sa0:mounted at all), but it can cause a few problems.
1) Download any ‘.otf’ font.
2) Rename your font to
3) Install the plugin unmount
4) Restart your Vita
5) Open FTP and drag
sa0:data/font/pvf/into a save place.
6) Drag you new
7) Disable the unmount plugin and restart.
Now you should have a custom font!
Because this is kinda dangerous, I will be trying to create an easier installer for this (not sure if I’ll be able to tho because
sa0has to be remounted on startup for RW).
Hackinformer also have a detailed tutorial here.
Cxziaho has stated on twitter that he will work on a manager to set the fonts:
plugin done, font manager next.
also .ttf files work instead of .otf pic.twitter.com/HfOen46VhV
— cxziaho (@cxziaho) September 24, 2017