This week was jam-packed with noteworthy news for many hacked consoles including the Switch, PSVita, PS3 and even the PSP but now, things seem to be going back to normal. In this article, we’ll be looking at the release of eBookReader 0.3.0 which brings support for two highly popular formats and the PSVita homebrew released this week with particular attention to NoAutoAVLS.
Switch Release: eBookReader 0.3.0 released with ePub and CBZ support
Similar to many eBook viewers, eBookReader for the Switch has a dark mode for easier reading in low lighting situations (Image Source)
Other than being a gaming console, the Nintendo Switch is also a small tablet even though Nintendo doesn’t really embrace that side of it since they didn’t pack in a web browser, eBook reader or even a music player! However, the homebrew community is all about making consoles more useful and as a result, a developer by the name of SeanOMik decided to create an eBook reader for the console (i.e. Horizon OS) and appropriately named it ‘eBookReader’ when it was released this September. The homebrew also has some useful features including landscape/portrait support, dark mode and the ability to save the page you were on.
Now, eBookReader 0.3.0 has been released and it comes with:
Improved PDF support so the likelihood of the homebrew crashing when opening certain PDFs is lower
Full support for ePub, CBZ (many comics/manga are in this format) and XPS files meaning that some very popular formats are now supported
The above was achieved thanks to work by Moronigranja
PSVita Releases: NoAutoAVLS, Heart Of Darkness port and two original games
With NoAutoAVLS, you can get rid of AVLS for good on your European PSVita! (Image Source)
This week, the PlayStation Vita hacking scene suffered a considerable setback after the creator of VitaDock, xCorra, seemed to have disappeared from the internet leaving most if not all backers with absolutely nothing. In light of this, people that worked with xCorra for VitaDock’s software (Raspberry Pi image) and the 3D design were nice enough to provide the files they had so others could create their own VitaDock. As a result, Vita-related news on Wololo this week was focused about VitaDock but there were also some notable homebrew releases which we’ll be looking at now.
One of these releases is NoAutoAVLS by SKGleba which can be seen as the indirect successor to the NoAVLS plugin released back in 2017. AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) is a ‘feature’ that limits the headphone volume in order to prevent ear damage present on most European PSVita models. Contrary to NoAVLS, NoAutoAVLS isn’t a plugin but instead it does a small modification to idstorage to toggle a flag meaning that the change is permanent and persists even when the PSVita isn’t in hacked mode.
Bot-R, which is a Unity game written by Anchitpatra
Other than eBookReader for the Switch, Lockpick_RCM also received a substantial update and MAME 0.215 got released which brings support for many more systems. Furthermore, it’s been rumoured that patched Switch units including mariko and Switch Lite devices have been hacked which is something you should definitely read about it if you haven’t already!
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