Minecraft Vita is out now. A guide on how to get Minecraft or any game on a lower firmware for dummies!

66 Responses

  1. not ALL says:

    I think your only talking to those who have firmware 3.18. Method 1, 2 & 3 does not work on very old firmware other than the one after the latest. You should have already known that.

    • not ALL says:

      I mean “before the latest”

      • not ALL says:

        and I mean Methods 2 & 3 only.

        • Jd8531 says:

          These methods still work and I only described the bare bones methods. There are some instances where they dont below the firmware right below the latest. There isnt strong consistency but they work; all depends on Sony’s servers and when a new push shuts them down (ref. Method 1 and 2).

          Most people are not any lower than 3.18 considering recent events so this is a generalized tutorial geared to that demographic but doesn’t alienate everyone else.

          It should also be noted that for Method 3 you can do some tinkering with the xml files on lower firmwares also. Again consistency isnt great but has been proven to work in the past.

          • Jd8531 says:

            When I said “Ref. Method 1 and 2” I meant “2 and 3”.

          • YZ Rum says:

            I’m on FW 3.18. I tried using Charles Proxy but nothing appears on my session list. I keep getting error nw-10743-5 when I try to connect with my Vita. As for VitaUpdateBlocker, I put the IP address and Port # that is displayed on the app but it says “Blocking non-related traffic is DISABLED.” I’m still new to these proxy methods and would like some guidance on what I’m doing wrong

  2. Boi says:

    Well, would it ask you to update the vita if its a newer game, even if you transfer it via open cma?

  3. nocturnalsteve says:

    It sucks that being on 3.18 with TN-V means yes I now have Minecraft but if I want to use an existing PS3 world or swap saves between them then TOUGH – that action requires you to Update The Software 🙁

    Roll on TN-V for 3:30!!!

    • Dmaskell92 says:

      A kernel exploit isn’t released on every firmware. If fact around here the trend is to release one once a year. So GL with that.

    • ErnieBall says:


      • ErnieBall says:

        Opps! That went wrong.

        Use a proxy (i tested with Vita Update Blocker) as explained above. Restart your Vita and run Minecraft (keep proxy on during the whole process). Now you can connect to PSN and download/upload saves.

        This will stop working at some point, so better be quick!

  4. warfaren says:

    Nice guide!
    I wonder though, is there a demo out in any of the regions and if so, it should be installable via Package Installer, right?

  5. Aneudi says:

    Can you play online without updating?

    • Jd8531 says:

      If you are using the proxy trick you can indeed play online. But again the method only works for so long and you may experience various interruption while playing.

  6. PiratingIsTheBestThing says:

    When are they going to make it so we don’t have to buy the game? You know a free download so we can pirate it. Who is going to buy this when you can steal for free?

  7. Ricky D says:

    Here’s an alternate guide for people that want to play Minecraft on their Vitas.

    1) Power on your Vita
    2) Check that you have enough free space on your memory card
    3) Walk outside
    4) Stand in the middle of the street and wait for natural selection to start working again

  8. DarkDante says:

    Hello and thanks for this guide. Question on the physical games, I saw you noted that those might have restrictions and force updates, do you know if these tricks would bypass that? and is the restriction built into the physical game, like say i buy a second hand copy of a game from last year, is the game itself restricted to work only on 2.61 and higher (just an example), also if this is the case is there some kind of list that says which physical games work on which FW?

  9. Sky Yuki says:

    “Lower PSVita firmwares For Dummies”
    Doesn’t this sound just like tutorial for how to lower ps vita firmware?

  10. Tnutbutter says:

    I already own Minecraft on PC, so I’ll just wait until it is free for ps plus

  11. CycloneFox says:

    Thanks. Method 2 is working great after a restart! Very simple.

  12. someone honest says:

    nothing works for firmware 3.10 shame on you man for not telling us this before having us deal with such bullsh…

    shame on you! not to mention some of these methods are very old and you make them sound like they’re new.

    • Jd8531 says:

      I cant predict the future. If they were old then you should’ve known, right?

      Its called a For Dummies guide for a reason; its for people not well versed in the scene. Never said they were entirely new.

  13. brandon666 says:

    Vita update blocker is no longer working for me.

  14. link2sai says:

    Can a PS3 download and transfer vita games, I don’t want to Google this i wanna hear it from the pros

  15. PSP2 says:

    Wait a second I’m confused. I thought PS Store games had firmware requirements as well? So like even if you use a bypass method to download the games on a lower firmware, they might not work if they require a higher firmware?

    Or have I been mistaken all this time, and it’s only physical copies that have such a restriction?

  16. wvladimir2 says:

    can anyone confirm this.
    from twitter
    1. download psv, ps3 and ps4 minecraft demo
    2.buy the ps3 game (0.00 euro)
    3.download the ps vita version

  17. Meler says:

    heh it seems sony never patched same one tricks 😀 it’s like they comming back in every 3 updates or something ….

  18. fox says:

    Aww, I did the PS3 trick for this yesterday before I knew about the download queue trick. That would have saved me a lot of time…

  19. cp90 says:

    Not sure how long this will last as it is a glitch, so get in while the going is good.

    You must do this on a browser on your PC, using the PS store on your console won’t work.

    1. Go to link and add the demo/trial to cart and pay £0.00.

    2. Do the same for Vita version here – https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-gb/games/minecraft-playstationvita-edition/cid=EP4433-PCSB00560_00-MINECRAFTVIT0000

    3. On the PS3 game page the full paid for version has for some reason become free, so add that to cart and pay £0.00.

    4. As it is cross buy, Vita (PS4 still needs upgrade but only £3.69) is unlocked for download for absolutely nothing.

  20. Walala says:

    Actually you can get all PS3,Vita,PS4 for free with the Europe PSN MC glitch.

    • warfaren says:

      I tried on PS4 but it still says “Unlock game” in the main menu. Even tried restoring licenses without success. But like previous poster said, you can get the PS4 version for only £3.69 when you own the other versions, so it’s still cheaper.

      • Ricky D says:

        Same thing on my end. I even hit that unlock game button and it took me to the store, but it just showed me that I’ve already downlaoded it and there’s not even an upgrade option. Oh, well, didn’t really care anyway and was just grabbing it because it was free. Is it the same problem on Vita?

  21. kevinalbis says:

    now i can play my ps plus game!!!!!! thx

  22. Rojack says:

    Method 2 worked great, thanks, already own ps3 version!!

  23. I am still on 1.81 and first method dont work I can send files like photos an video from my ps vita but I can’t send no think to my vita my ps3 is 4.65 of

  24. SolidAce says:

    I’ve switched accounts again from US to EU. I can access the PSN using vitaupdateblocker. But now I need to activate my PS Vita. I can’t seem to get it to work. all I get is an error: nw-8942-3 Can someone help me ? 🙁

  25. sdasdas says:

    I’m on 3.01 and unfortunately none of those methods work…

  26. TheEVILwithin-fan says:

    @Dmaskell92 its working!

    I can transfer games and saves from the 8gb memory card to the new 16 gb memory card but now i have another problem please help if here is a solution for it

    my Vita is not linked to PSN anymore!

    Proxy trick dont working anymore?

    Is there a way to log in to psn on 3.18 without update to 3.30?

    Please Help if somebody can.

    I love to learn new stuff about vita but need some help please because i dont understand some things!

    Im registred on Wololo/talk too as member:


  27. brownienz says:

    hi just wondering if any of the proxy methods are still working on 3.18 or if the download queue trick is still working as i can seem to get ether to work but mayb because im doing something wrong ?

    • brownienz says:

      vitaupdate blocker only spoofs to 3.18 gutted i have game on my download list and queued but can get ether method to work ill have to go use my brothers ps3 and try that i spose

  28. brownienz says:

    i managed to add the game to my download list and have it queued to download but no notification on my vita

  29. brownienz says:

    i have the game queued and on my download list but no notification on my vita and cant get a proxy trick to work 🙁

  30. Chaos says:

    I just completely didn’t follow instructions for Method 1 and used QCMA instead of the patch. It worked, and I have minecraft on my vita now. For anyone who wanted to know – yeah, qcma works. Of course, I’m on linux so that may have something to do with why it worked.

  31. SnoWolF11 says:

    I have vita on 3.10 without ps3. How I can download Minecraft?

  32. lelouch says:

    method 2 & 3 does not work for me.
    fw 3.18

  33. Adam says:

    I have a PS tv and I set it up but it’s on 3.30, has anyone done the following methods? If so which? Thanks

  34. monkeydoink says:

    it needs version 3.15 in case anyone wants to know

  35. TibyAndy says:

    I recently got Minecraft and Pix the Cat using the remote download method, however this method doesn’t seems to work anymore (as of November 5th)… I didn’t manage to any proxy method to work, either, and I don’t have a PS3. Everything is now patched then?

  36. mdtodd229 says:

    Oh well. Have to be on 3.15 for both copy’s. I’m on 3.01.

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