Review of TheSkrapsYard’s SD2Vita adapter for the PSVita
Disclaimer from Aurora: I have received the adapter for free from “TheSkrapsYard” in order to do the review. I promise to point out any flaws and give a non-biased review. Please read the whole article before forming an opinion, buying it or commenting about a shortcoming. A format similar to the review of Srident’s adapter will be used in this article for fairness.
1. Postage, appearance and build quality
Thoughts on postage: The adapter came in a somewhat standard padded envelope that seems to be the norm for these types of things. A small gripe I have about the packaging is that the adapter itself wasn’t in a small plastic bag (or something else) to protect it while it was being shipped which could increase the likelihood of your adapter being dead on arrival (DOA). My adapter was shipped on the 5th of September 2017 and I received it on the 22nd of September in my
Southern European country of residence which means it took 17 days to arrive to Europe from Texas in the US. This means that this adapter is better suited for buyers from America (USA, Canada, Mexico) rather than from Europe (Srident’s SD2Vita adapter from France only took 3 days and might’ve arrived before were it not sent on a Friday).
Appearance and build quality: The front of the adapter has a green colour and some writing including including a “TO BACK OF VITA” warning which will surely come in handy when installing the adapter (I know what I’m saying.. I put Srident’s adapter the wrong way in when I received it and my Vita didn’t even boot). The back side of the adapter is the same colour as the front (green) and also has some traces exposed. Unlike my review copy of Srident’s adapter, it doesn’t have a piece of tape on the pins connecting the microSD socket to the actual SD2Vita board but I highly doubt you’ll break them even if you’re rough with the adapter.
Thickness-wise, it comes in at 0.8mm which is less thick than Srident’s adapter (or at least my review copy). While it’s thinner, it’s NOT flimsy at all and unless you really put on pressure on it, you won’t break it. In other words, you won’t break it unless you specifically want to break it as it doesn’t flex at all. Another gripe I have about the adapter, which is more of a personal opinion, is that the microSD socket doesn’t click in when you insert a microSD card although the card is still securely in place.
Installing the adapter: Like most other SD2Vita adapters, you need to put it into your game card slot and rock it gently. It also doesn’t click into the slot when you put it in and taking it out is a tad annoying so I suggest you use a thin metal stick, like I did, to avoid breaking something in your game card slot (certainly don’t use a pen). In my opinion, you shouldn’t take the adapter out unless you need to; for your cartridge games, you should dump them and use NoNpDrm to run them off your microSD card.
Like all SD2Vita adapters, you need to properly format your microSD card and install the driver plugin for the adapter to actually function. A link to an article explaining how to set up your adapter (including formatting your microSD card) can be found below.
With the adapter, I used an 8GB Transcend Class 10 microSD and it worked flawlessly. As I have a 16GB Vita memory card, I opted to use the adapter as uma0: (extra storage) but you could use it as ux0: (which I’d suggest you do if your microSD card is larger than your Vita memory card); transfer speed rates are also similar to Srident’s adapter as copying a file from my Vita’s memory card to my microSD card was done at about 4-5MB/s. This is a tad slower than the performance of the card on the laptop I’m using as I get 8-10 MB/s which is to be expected considering that it’s a Class 10 microSD. When it comes to loading times, I didn’t have to wait any longer than if I had used Srident’s adapter or my Vita’s memory card so you shouldn’t be concerned about transfer speeds of well-built SD2Vita adapters.
Functionality-wise, it behaves as every SD2Vita adapter should and you could read a bit more about what I tried on Srident’s SD2Vita adapter by checking out the link below. Some uses for the adapter are:
- Obviously, it gives you a cheaper and more reliable alternative to Vita memory cards! Bigger sizes, such as 200GB cards, are also supported.
- You may use it as ux0 thus having it act as a Vita memory card which is the main purpose of this adapter. Thanks to HENkaku Enso, this is made even more seamless since taiHEN runs at boot.
- You could copy over games/apps to it (if you’re using it as uma0) by using App Manager Plus version 3.0 by team ONElua (link below).
- You may use it as uma0 or ux0 depending on what you want to use it for.
- You can copy over PSP/PSX games to it and use it with Adrenaline. This is a great way to use the adapter if you don’t have any larger microSD cards lying around.
- You may also use it as the Vita’s sole storage medium but that requires some extra setting-up especially on the PSVita 1000 as its internal storage (the 2.5GB in ur0) isn’t accessible by default.
- Many other uses, such as using it for music storage.
An important thing to mention is that you could put the microSD card in your current SD2Vita into another SD2Vita (say, your SD2Vita broke or something happened to it) without needing to format the microSD! It *just* works as if nothing was ever changed. As it’s so easy transferring a microSD card to another adapter, I’d suggest you buy yourself another well-built adapter (Modsiah, Srident and obviously this one from TheSkrapsYard) before the only adapters that you could find are cheap ones from China that have dubious quality control (QC).
3. Final thoughts and conclusion
The adapter is a pretty decent adapter that’s well-built and will probably last you for quite a long time. TheSkrapsYard did a pretty good job of assembling the whole thing and fortunately, the software offerings to get the most out of the SD2Vita have been made available. Utilities like Switch SD2Vita (a utility that lets you toggle the mount point of your SD2Vita from/to ux0/uma0) and App Manager Plus let you use your microSD however you want and you could even use it with Adrenaline if you just want extra space for your PSP/PSX games and homebrew.
When it comes to improvement, there are some areas in which I think some things could be changed:
- The SD2Vita adapter should come in a small plastic bag or some protective sleeve since I’m afraid that it could get easily damaged while being shipped to you.
- There should also be a piece of paper that instructs you on how to set up the adapter, maybe with some pictures.
TheSkrapsYard originally had plans to bundle a case along with the adapter but his plans fell through after the case maker wasn’t able to find a way to make a proper case for the adapter. In my opinion, the lack of a case makes TheSkrapsYard’s production run barely different from Srident’s and Modsiah’s runs and to make matters worse, TheSkrapsYard got into the game a little too late.
I seriously hope that TheSkrapsYard gets his game together (he hasn’t yet replied after I told him I got the adapter) and actually sells the adapters. He did a production run of about 50 adapters and to my knowledge, he hasn’t sold any of them to the public. The last details he told me were that the adapters will cost about $12.99 and the money would be processed via Amazon Pay.
Overall, if you don’t have an SD2Vita adapter and live in NA, this adapter might just be your best bet! Hopefully, TheSkrapsYard puts up his adapters for sale (sooner rather than later) and lowers the price a little bit to about $10 so his prices are competitive with Srident’s and Modsiah’s adapters (which are both still on sale).
TheSkrapsYard Twitter Page (more information, hopefully): https://twitter.com/TheSkrapsYard
Guide on how to set up your SD2Vita adapter and microSD card: https://wololo.net/2017/07/20/setting-sd2vita-adapter-formatting-microsd-can-done-windows/
Review of Srident’s SD2Vita adapter (which was mentioned for reference various times in this article): https://wololo.net/2017/07/25/review-sridents-sd2vita-adapter-psvita/
I sincerely hope that TheSkrapsYard actually gets something out of this review (and the review copy he sent me) as his adapters are up to par but they should really include something else such as some type of case.
Important: Contrary to what some may have claimed, SD2Vita adapters based on Gadoarch’s design (or xyz’s for that matter) DO NOT damage your PSVita or microSD card. As far as I know, there have been NO reports of permanent damage from the adapter due to short circuits because of adapters not having a case!
Special thanks to TheSkrapsYard for providing the review copy, xyz for the adapter design, motoharu for the software patches, Modisah and Srident for their production runs which allowed everybody get an adapter, Gadoarch for his modification to xyz’s design and the whole community for helping to make the SD2Vita adapter a reality!
If you want to get an adapter right now, you could check out these adapters (the reviews of Srident’s and this adapter probably mostly hold true for Modsiah’s adapters too but neither I nor Wololo can guarantee anything):
Modsiah’s adapters (from the USA): http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/253122658247
Srident’s adapters (from France): http://srident.com/product/sd2vita/
Wololo.net does NOT have a direct association with SD2Vita adapters being sold from Modsiah, Srident or TheSkrapsYard. However some of our links, such as eBay or Amazon links, are affiliate links: we do get a commission on the sale if you purchase through these links.