microSD adapters for SD2Vita. Which one should you buy?
I’ve received multiple questions and comments from people regarding the various options to buy microSD Adapters to work on the PS Vita, in particular related to the price one should pay for these. Here’s a detailed explanation of where you can buy, and the expected prices.
Disclaimer: please note that eBay and Amazon links in the article below are affiliate links. You don’t pay anything extra by using those links, but we get a small commission on the sale. With that being said, I’m doing my best to adequately report on multiple sides of the topic here. In particular, we are not affiliated with any of the sellers or manufacturers of these cards.
Your three options are as follows:
- buy your adapter from a reputable source close to the scene (e.g. from Modsiah, Srident, or /talk user JhonDoeA) for a slightly higher price (typically $10 to $20 including shipping). These folks typically have the latest design and test each adapter.
- Buy one of the cheap Chinese versions (around $3 – Search for SD2Vita to browse for offers, or if you don’t like eBay, you can get them from Amazon too.). Cheaper but limited quality control.
- Solder it yourself (cost about $30 to make 10, including all necessary tools, solder iron, etc… See below for details). Good learning experience plus you can give some away to your friends (or open an eBay business).
None of these options is objectively worse or better than the others, it depends on your situation. Personally, I’d go with the lowest cost option I can find, then again I’m cheap. And I’ve been called out for recommending adapters that some people are saying are low quality, so I wanted to show both sides of the coin.
What are those SD2Vita microSD Adapters anyway?
If you own a hacked PS Vita running on firmware 3.60, you can enable a community driver that will let you use a microSD card in the game card slot. This lets you use microSD cards on the PS Vita for huge storage benefits compared to the pricey proprietary memory cards from Sony. The SD Card can then be used to store homebrews and the like.
Should you pay $3 or $15 for your SD2Vita adapter?
The main debate around these MicroSD adapters is whether you should be paying $3 or $15 for them. In practice, the base materials cost less than $1. As such, it’s safe to to think that $5, including shipping, is a reasonable price for the device. Chinese manufacturers with economy of scale are able to still make a profit by selling those for $3 including shipping. Among others, Yifan Lu has stated that these cheap adapters do the job: it’s difficult to mess up soldering with such a simple design.
However some people have reported issues with some of these cheap adapters. It’s likely that for that price they are not thoroughly tested, and you kind of get what you pay for. Then again, you could order 3 or 4 of these to hedge against that risk. It would still be cheaper than $15, and with a high chance of having more than one that works (in particular if you order from multiple sellers for that price).
On the other side of the discussion is scene members who are selling the adapters for $15+. Because they’re individuals, they don’t have the economy of scale that Chinese manufacturers do, in particular for the time spent soldering, testing, and sending the devices. From this perspective, the service offered by folks such as Srident and Modsiah could be worth the additional cost for you, if you’re looking for peace of mind. These two sellers also guarantee that you get the latest design of the adapter, which is known to address some issues. To quote Yifan Lu:
Many people are still using xyz’s original design which was not routed optimally, had some minor issues with pin size/spacing, and had test points that need to be insulated (i.e. with tape) for it to work. The current recommended design is from Gadorach
The conclusion is that both have their pros and cons. What you shouldn’t do however is pay $15 for a poorly manufactured adapter, in which case you would be getting the worst of both worlds. If you are willing to pay $15 for the adapter, our current recommendation is to directly get the adapter from Srident of Modsiah. Otherwise, go with a cheap one from eBay. If you go through eBay (the case for most links in this article except for Srident) you’re protected by eBay/paypal if you’re not satisfied with the product you receive.
Note: currently Srident is taking orders through his own site, not eBay. Many people have told me they’d rather order through a trusted platform like eBay. Sadly Srident has confirmed he cannot use eBay at the moment.
The DIY route
Yifanlu advocates for creating the adapter yourself. This is a reasonably easy project to get yourself used to soldering, and the hacker mentions that for a total of $30, you can get all the materials needed to create 10 adapters by yourself. That price includes the soldering iron, which you will be able to reuse in the future.
Although this might not be for everyone, it’s difficult to argue against the return on investment here: for $30, you get a solid learning experience (with associated “I did it on my own” bragging rights), a soldering iron, and 10 microSD adapters which you can give away or easily resell for $5 each. Yes, you could definitely net a profit.
- a Soldering Iron
- Micro SD socket (cheap is ok. Should cost like $1 for 10 pieces)
- Printed board can be bought from pcbshopper. should cost less than $10 for 10 boards. See YifanLu’s explanation for details.
- –>Total should be around $30 for 10 boards.
Although going the DIY route sounds like a cool project, not everyone has the time or motivation to do that. For those who are looking for an adapter working out of the box, cheap ones sold on eBay should in general do the trick. If you’d rather get the security of a trusted member of the scene, pay a bit more and get your adapter from JhonDoeA, Srident or Modsiah.
Where did you get your SD2Vita Adapter? Are you satisfied with the results and the price? Leave your feedback in the comments!
Can’t believe… FIRST again…
I made some of my own. Very staight foward. Cost me all in all around £14. I got 6 units out of it and one thing I will recommend though is using flux!
i am waiting for one with case and selled on aliexpress
the best sd2vita whit plastic case!
Where would I be able to buy one of these?
Anyone selling adapters at around $15 is trying to make money. The PCBs and sockets cost little at high volume. Unless you are incapable of soldering or impatient, just build your own or buy from China.
well obviously they are trying to make money, if you made your own to sell wouldn’t you want a little profit for the effort put in?
It’s a big “*** you” to the community. I doubt any of their profits will go towards manufacturing an adapter similar to the Cobra Blackfin.
It’s a big middle finger to the community. I doubt any of the profits will fund an adapter similar to the Cobra Blackfin.
Why would we want *** like the Cobra Blackfin?
Any dudes making them is entitled to a little profit for their work they put into it, time and effort is money, they are not doing it out the kindness of their hearts….this is the internet lol.
Also they don’t have the same resources as for example the Chinese manufacturers.
No it’s not. If you can solder, do it yourself. If you can’t, you have to pay for a SERVICE.
Making things accessible that normally wouldn’t be is the opposite of what you’re idiotically saying. Go figure, people’s time costs money. Don’t like it, learn to do it yourself.
I just bought my adapter quickly from the link in the article ( must be a trustworthy person to be put in here ) before he sold out.
Thanks for this great article ^-^
wish we can make a dc emu would love to play multi disk with the sd adapter
like the game packs in this vid
I ordered mine on eBay… so impatient. Ordered on the 29th of July. I’m PO’d now that I won’t get my PSP games going on my new PSVita Slim. Does anybody know if they would work by installing Adreneline through my PSTV, then passing it over to my Vita? Just wondering if the Vita needs to be activated to run PSP games when already installed.
Still prefer to pay to avoid to use my tools If any solders are wrong, I will use it to do the insurance quality., so the 3$ is ok for me.
Any plugin that lets you use content downloader or usb in vitashell with the sd2vita adapter?
Once you load the sdcard plugin in the right location it works great with Enso. One problem I got a message at the very bottom that says the Vita can only display 100 bubbles at a time and to create folders so then you can have more bubbles shown. Is there another way to increase this 100 bubble limit? Also I get an error with Vitashell and the Usb connection to pc doesn’t work properly when I remove the 4gb vita memory so I just put the 128gb sd into the pc when I want to copy games onto the vita. This is probly the best feature of a sd2vita that it is removable and I wouldn’t want to open up my vita every time to add games to a psvsd 3g slot adapter. And who cares if the Sd2vita takes up a game slot because I see it as a 100 game multicart. Thanks to the Devs!
think the 100 limits just because of how much pages the vita can have. that why Sony dev added the folder around 2.00.
I think i either saw something about the maximum number of pages or bubbles in the app.db file
500 Bubbles is the ahrd limit when you take folders into consideration.
is there a differnce in the color or the boards seen red black and green.
how big of sd cards work. last i heard it was 64gb.
I’m using a 128gb sd card and it works just fine.
okay cool. was thinking about getting a 128.
Im using 128gb no problems, only got 12gb left already
Got a chinese one and worked perfectly. Was shipped in a box and even came with a manual how to setup the SD card
Got one from China. Worked instantly and was packaged in a box. Even came with a manual how to setup the SD card
Cool does it have any logo on it? the one I got from ebay is a plain red one. I got it from ebay bc I couldn’t wait for the first order I placed with alibaba, idk when it will get here 😐
What a useless piece of… an article.
Thanks for wasting our time.
Thx for wasting YOUR time. Some of us are not as all knowing as yourself.
useless to you, helpful to many others…including me…..what was a waste of my time was reading your comment
Exactly how did “oh, which one to buy… dunno” article helped you?
I ordered 10 on eBay on 08/27/17
At $ 1.89 each.
And how are they?
Well, I think you missed something. I do think I’m the more “reputable source” as you say in the article (never heard of the mentioned people) and I sell them for the Chinese price since a while : http://m.ebay.fr/itm/ps-vita-micro-sd-SD2VITA-/253079768275?hash=item3aecbaccd3%3Ag%3At8MAAOSwnSxZhbGT&_trkparms=pageci%253Ae74ea219-7ee5-11e7-a68e-74dbd180d50b%257Cparentrq%253Ad3739a5815d0a9e4ad05bcfdffff8019%257Ciid%253A1
Got mine from AliExpress. Paid 11 euro (now price dropped..) , and the quality is very good. Sucessfully inserted the adapter into the gamecard slot with the first attempt. Using as main storage, no problem at all. When I remove the microsd from the adapter I delete id.dat first, shutdown the vita and then I get the card into my tablet pc, put some games on the card (using a modified VitaOrganizer build) and reinserted into the vita. Will trigger a database update, but if you dont delete id.dat it asks you to format the card, (there is a opition in the henkaku settings menu for deleting id.dat)
Thanks xyz for your hard work on developing such an adapter and making the your work available for all.
very nice Earn free bitcoin
It’s clear you have a bias against Chinese manufacturer calling them “cheap” some of the boards likely came from the same Factory anything that comes off of assembly line will have some defects yes they’re not each tested but i wonder if the individual each of the thousands of boards ya going with the individual will have less of a risk no doubt and are you sure the Chinese manufacturer wont update the design do you have a few of there cards bottom line is all these PCB came from a Chinese manufacturer don’t they ? guess they’re all “cheap” (just don’t like what the west is painting of the Chinese)
P.s. i don’t have any ties to Chinese manufacturers
Lol, absolutely not. I meant “cheap” in the literal sense, as in “they are not expensive to buy”. Apologies if it looked otherwise.
Thanks for the article! How to distinguish if the adapter we got is made from the xyz’s original design or the Gadorach one?
Is there a way to recognize if a Sd2vita Adapter has the Gadorach Design or the xyz Design before the purchase just by looking at the product pictures? For example is this Adapter the Gadorach Design? http://s.aliexpress.com/mMBjyaui
Got 1 from Modsiah, working well
Seriously wish there was a way to use the Accessory Port on the 1st Gen Vitas with a USB Drive. So stupid they never Released anything for it.
I have these available as well if anyone is interested =)
I got this one and it does NOT work.
However, I have ordered a Ver2 variant, so I will see how that goes next Month, when I get it
I got a version 2 sd2vita on eBay from a U.S. based seller and got it within 2-3 days (I’m in the U.S. btw). It worked right out of the box I just took it out and plugged it in. The sd card does stick out and will not allow me to close the cartridge lid so just keep that in mind (not sure if all ver. 2 are like that).
I also have a sd card setup for the sd2vita it comes with games preinstalled http://www.ebay.com/itm/SD2vita-sdcard-64gb-/122683270825?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT
On AliExpress there is a new sd2vita card a 5.0 version.
Any one know what has been changed? Size? Something else?