Release: Vita-activator. Activate your 3.60 PS Vita without a PS3
Developer ZombieWizzard just released vita-activator, a tool that lets you activate your 3.60 PS Vita without having to update and without having to use a PS3.
What is Vita-activator
Vita-Activator is a tool for PS Vita 3.60 that lets you activate the PS Vita. This is done by directly calling Sony’s servers with your credentials to do the activation, just like a regular, up to date PS Vita would do. Once the activation file is generated, users have to copy ux0:act.dat to tm0:npdrm/ and restart their PS Vita.
Having an activated console means you can transfer games from your PC and/or PS3 to the console. This is useful for many reasons, either to legitimately play your Vita games, or to install a PSP game on your PS Vita (that you previously purchased from your PC, for example).
A strong disclaimer here: the tool fetches your PSN credentials to pass them to the Sony systems. Technically by using this tool you are in breach of the PSN’s Terms and conditions, which could give ammunition to Sony to ban you. Handle with care, and I would not recommend using your “real” PSN account for this.
Additionally, the tool itself asks you to enter your id and password. There is some significant risk here. Now, we looked at the source code and the app doesn’t do anything fishy with the information, but you’ll want to either build the binary from sources yourself, or get the vpk from a trusted place. The github of the developer has a vpk, although there’s of course no guarantee it was actually built from the same sources…
With that being said, people have reported strong success with this app, being able to activate their 3.60 console.
Note that, as far as I know, you can also activate a 3.60 Vita by resetting it to factory settings and doing the activation as one of the very first steps when rebooting it. A less straightforward, but probably “more legit” way of doing it while following Sony’s rules. <– update: confirmed that this is actually not a thing.
You can download Vita-activator from the developer’s github here. Again, given the sensitive information this deals with, I strongly urge people to look at the sources and build from source themselves, rather than directly trusting a vpk. (in particular if you did not get the vpk from the developer’s github).
Looking for more? We have a full list of Emulators for the PS Vita, an up to date list of Homebrews for the PS Vita, and an All in one guide for Vita 3.60 describing everything you can do with your hacked PS Vita.
Source: ZombieWizzard on Twitter