The last few days (20 May) in PSVita News and Homebrew: TheFlow gives more specific ETA for his upcoming 3.65-3.68 hack, Rocks’n’Diamonds released and VitaQuake updated to version 3.0
With HENkaku being released a little under two years ago, the PSVita hacking scene has started to slow down quite a bit but thankfully, there are still things to be excited about! This time around, we have a new homebrew game called Rocks’n’Diamonds, VitaQuake 3.0 and a more specific ETA for TheFlow’s upcoming FW 3.65-3.68 hack!
Rocks’n’Diamonds released for the PSVita
Rocks’n’Diamonds is a 2D puzzle game in which you have to traverse a grid to collect gems.
The gameplay is similar to that found in popular titles such as Boulder Dash, Emerald Mine and Sokoban games in which you have to collect specfic things while not killing yourself, getting trapped or running out of time!
This game was initially released in 1995 for free on a variety of platforms including Linux and MS-DOS by ArtSoft and was developed by Holger Schemel. Our trusty PSVita/PSTV devices got their port from scene veteran rsn8887 and like all his homebrew, this one also works very well. The controls are well defined and the game ran pretty smoothly in the first 3 levels I tried.
With this release, we can say that the PSVita has yet another nice mini-game to play on the go! Furthermore, this game has many levels and a level creator so you won’t get bored of it easily if you like these sorts of games! You may also download custom levels made by the community if you follow the link below.
To get this game, simply open VHBB and get it from there since it’s available on VitaDB!
VitaQuake updated to version 3.0
Developer Rinnegatamante doesn’t let his homebrew rot due to lack of support and yet again, he’s updated one of his homebrew titles. This time, it’s VitaQuake which has been updated to version 3.0 to bring along:
- Better VitaGL code which makes the renderer run faster and need less memory!
- Updated LiveArea screen.
- Gyroscope sensitivity options have been separated by axis and you can now choose lower resolutions if you prefer them for whatever reason.
- VitaQuake now has more memory available to it so it may run better and be prone to less crashing in intense scenes or with demanding mods.
To get VitaQuake 3.0, start VHBB and get it from there. As always, it’s recommended you grab this update since it just further refines this already great game port!
TheFlow says next September or later as his ETA for the upcoming 3.65-3.68 hack!
Right now, the thing that most PSVita hackers or hackers-to-be are interested about is TheFlow’s upcoming hack for higher firmwares. If you’re patiently waiting to hack your PSVita running a firmware higher than 3.60, you’ll be pleased to hear that TheFlow has stated a more specific ETA.
In his recent tweet about the subject, he stated that he won’t be releasing it before next September which unfortunately means that you won’t be hacking your currently unhackable PSVita/PSTV next summer. However, this will give you a more specific time frame to look forward to and will hopefully stop people from sending more ETA wen tweets to TheFlow!
Remember, this doesn’t mean he’ll release his hack in September 2018 so he may still opt to release it next year. With little doubt, Sony will patch the exploit with a new PSVita firmware update so perhaps having TheFlow release it later rather sooner could actually be beneficial in the long run if you play PSVita games!
To get more information about the above, simply follow the links below. If you have any issues with VitaQuake or Rocks’n’Diamonds, report them to their respective authors through the links below.
As always, don’t bother TheFlow with ETA tweets as he’s already given enough information about the subject!
Rocks’n’Diamonds GitHub release page (more info + place where you can report bugs + alternate download link): https://github.com/rsn8887/rocksndiamonds/releases/latest
Extra Rocks’n’Diamonds levels: https://www.artsoft.org/rocksndiamonds/levels/
VitaQuake 3.0 update thread (full changelog): http://wololo.net/talk/viewtopic.php?f=116&t=46185&p=422680#p422680
TheFlow’s Twitter (further news about his hack): https://twitter.com/theflow0
rsn8887’s donation link: https://www.patreon.com/rsn8887
Rinnegatmante’s Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/Rinnegatamante
TheFlow’s donation page (link can be found inside): https://github.com/TheOfficialFloW/Adrenaline/blob/master/readme.md