PSVita Release: USB Streaming plugin, udcd_uvc, updated to version 1.3; now lets you use system apps – You can finally use the Settings app when streaming!
Thanks to Xerpi‘s awesome work, you can stream your PSVita’s screen to a computer via USB giving you a similar experience to the Switch’s TV mode. However, Xerpi didn’t just stop supporting it when it worked well enough but kept on releasing updates to fix bits and pieces. Now, version 1.3 has been released with one major improvement!
What is this plugin?
Xerpi’s UDCD_UVC is a kernel plugin for hacked PlayStation Vita consoles that lets you stream your console’s screen to a computer over USB.
This means that you can start playing a game in handheld mode (like you’d normally do on the PSVita) and then continue playing it on a bigger screen through this plugin when you’re around your computer.
As a result, this grants the PSVita a major feature of the Nintendo Switch without even requiring a dock although some individuals have built their own docks with a Raspberry Pi to have a more streamlined solution when connecting their PSVita to a TV.
When it comes to performance, the plugin works very well although there are some occasional frame drops so you won’t be getting a full 60FPS all the time. That being said, games are still perfectly playable when streaming with this plugin so you should certainly give it a go!
IMPORTANT NOTE: UDCD_UVC only streams video and not audio so you need to use a 3.5mm jack to jack adapter to get audio out of your PSVita.
What does version 1.3 bring along?
The latest update to the UDCD_UVC plugin brings the following to the table:
- A fix, by u3sh*t, relating to System App detection which means that you can now run applications like Settings and the Browser while you’re streaming your PSVita’s screen over USB!
- From some testing that I’ve done, I noticed that the Settings, Browser, Calendar and Photos apps have been fixed
- Some minor improvements which can be found in the commit history including an improved debug console, better SET_INTERFACE and more
Without a doubt, it’s recommended you update to the latest version of this plugin by downloading it from its official link found below as it brings a pretty important improvement.
For a tutorial on how to set up UDCD_UVC, follow this link to get streaming fairly quickly. On the other hand, if you want to tinker with your PSVita, you can check out SilicaAndPina’s recently released CEX2REX homebrew that lets you turn your PSVita to a Testkit at your own risk as I haven’t tried it myself.
UDCD_UVC 1.3 Download Link: https://github.com/xerpi/vita-udcd-uvc/releases
UDCD_UVC’s Readme: https://github.com/xerpi/vita-udcd-uvc/blob/master/README.md