At first, its NOT POSSIBLE TO DOWNGRADE your PS Vita with this method. This method is just for updating a PS Vita with an old firmware, e.g. 1.06, to another old firmware, e.g. 1.81.
Or in other words: How to update your PS Vita to another firmware, which isnt the most recent one.
Things that are necessary for this method:
A PS Vita device with a lower per-installed firmware than the target Firmware
PS Vita Firmware files Not necessary anymore! The PS Vita will just fetch them from my Zload.net server while updating!
Download the fitting Sony CMA for your target firmware (All downloads are available via Zload.net):
- For firmwares 1.8x
- For firmwares 2.0x
- For firmwares 2.1x
- For firmwares 2.5x/2.6x
- For firmwares 3.0x
- For firmwares 3.1x
- For firmwares 3.3x
- For firmwares 3.5x
Next we need the right OpenCMA for your Sony CMA (All downloads are available via Zload.net):
- OpenCMA r2 for firmwares 1.5x
- OpenCMA r3 for firmwares 1.6x
- OpenCMA r4 for firmwares 1.8x
- OpenCMA r5 for firmwares 2.0x - 3.5x
NotePad++ (recommended) or another editor
The correct XML file for the target firmware you want to install. Please grab the XML file you need from the list below:
Simple firmware updater v1.50 (for FW 1.50)
Simple firmware updater v1.51 (for FW 1.51)
Simple firmware updater v1.52 (for FW 1.52)
Simple firmware updater v1.60 (for FW 1.60)
Simple firmware updater v1.61 (for FW 1.61)
Simple firmware updater v1.65 (for FW 1.65)
Simple firmware updater v1.66 (for FW 1.66)
Simple firmware updater v1.67 (for FW 1.67)
Simple firmware updater v1.69.0 (for FW 1.69.0)
Simple firmware updater v1.69.1 (for FW 1.69.1)
Simple firmware updater v1.80 (for FW 1.80)
Simple firmware updater v1.81 (for FW 1.81)
Simple firmware updater v2.00 (for FW 2.00)
Simple firmware updater v2.01 (for FW 2.01)
Simple firmware updater v2.02 (for FW 2.02)
Simple firmware updater v2.05 (for FW 2.05)
Simple firmware updater v2.06 (for FW 2.06)
Simple firmware updater v2.10 (for FW 2.10)
Simple firmware updater v2.11 (for FW 2.11)
Simple firmware updater v2.12 (for FW 2.12)
Simple firmware updater v2.60 (for FW 2.60)
Simple firmware updater v2.61 (for FW 2.61)
Simple firmware updater v3.00 (for FW 3.00)
Simply firmware updater v3.01 (for FW 3.01)
Simple firmware updater v3.10 (for FW 3.10)
Simple firmware updater v3.12 (for FW 3.12)
Simple firmware updater v3.15 (for FW 3.15)
Simple firmware updater v3.18 (for FW 3.18)
Simple firmware updater v3.30 (for FW 3.30)
Simple firmware updater v3.35 (for FW 3.35)
Simple firmware updater v3.36 (for FW 3.36)
Simple firmware updater v3.50 (for FW 3.50)
Simple firmware updater v3.51 (for FW 3.51)
Simple firmware updater v3.52 (for FW 3.52)
Setting everything up:
- At first we need our PS Vita device. We should be able to boot into the main menu and its recommended to disable every Wifi option at the device. Use the airplane mode AND disable Wifi, recommended.
- Next we need the correct version of the official Sony CMA which has to be patched with the correct version of OpenCMA for using our little firmware update trick.
- Grab the xml file for the wished Firmware from above.
Moving the XML file to the right location:
This is the most important step, since the XML file will tell your Vita which firmware it should download and install.
If you've done everything right, your XML file should be in the following directory:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\Content Manager Assistant\psp2-updatelist.xml
Installing the Firmware at the PS Vita:
The last step is the installation of the firmware. Grab your PS Vita, check if Wifi is disable and airplane mode enabled.
Everything looking fine? Great! Now reboot the PS Vita.
Open the CMA program at your PC and put the Vita usb cable into the Vita and the PC. Open the settings app at your PS Vita and click at the "system update" option.
Choose the "update via PC" option and your Vita should be able to find the target firmware. If the Vita says something like server outtime, or server error, you should check if Zload.net is online!
If everything is working like intended, then your PS Vita should find the "new" target firmware. Now install the firmware like usual. The firmware should install like every other firmware, and your PS Vita should reboot into the new target firmware, congratulations.
But what if the Vita does not update, says there is an error within the firmware or something similar?
If there are some problems, continue with the last emergency step, which should be working if you've done everything before correct.
Emergency Installation (Just in case the other method wasnt working!)
If the installation via Settings->Update->Update via PC is not working or does not install the new firmware properly, continue with this last step, the emergency installation!
This time we will use the Recovery Menu of the PS Vita for installing the firmware (For your information, you navigate with the keys of the Vita inside of the recovery menu, not with the touchscreen!).
For this type of installation are all 3 firmware images (rel, pre and sd) necessary, thats why the installation takes a bit longer than usually.
Shutdown the PS Vita (Hold the power button and select shutdown). Then start the PS Vita while holding this button combination:
PS-Button + R + Power button
Keep this combination pressed until the Vita starts. If you've done it correct, you should be in the Vitas recovery menu, if not, try it again.
You should see something like this:
Choose the 5th option, update system software. Next choose update via PC (CMA at your PC should be opened and your Vita should be connected via USB).
Now it will "prepare" for a very long time, depending on your internet connection and your download speed.
It will download all the 3 image files and will prepare them for your PS Vita device for a full update. This full update will install every 3 images at the PS Vita, for having a fully fresh new firmware at your Device, your settings and files wont be touched, dont worry.
After this full update, the Vita should have the target firmware installed and you should be able to use the new firmware.
If its still not working, feel free to contact me via PM, PSPKing, Twitter or Email (http://www.twitter.com/The_Zett | http://www.pspking.de | firstname.lastname@example.org | PM or Twitter recommended).
Greetings The Z
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