LOLIcon overclocking plugin for the PSVita released – The PSVita / PSTV’s CPU can now be overclocked to 500MHz from 444MHz for better performance in games!
Like the PSP, the PSVita normally runs in an underclocked mode with a CPU frequency of 333MHz rather than 444MHz. However, the plugin LOLIcon manages to truly overclock the PSVita past 444MHz to 500MHz!
What is LOLIcon?
LOLIcon, by dots-tb with the help of CelesteBlue, (LOLIconsole Offends Little Idiots Console – what’s up with this name, SilicaAndPina?) is a plugin that overclocks the PSVita’s CPU past its officially rated clock speed of 444MHz. To clear stuff up, it’s important to note that when you increase the CPU frequency to 444MHz, you aren’t really overclocking the CPU since 444MHz is an officially supported frequency that some games, like Project Diva F, use.
Unlike plugins like OclockVita and PSV VSH Menu, LOLIcon overclocks the PSVita’s CPU to 500MHz (or 494MHz according to Yifan Lu) which isn’t an officially supported frequency. On a more technical note, this true overclock was achieved by messing around with the direct registers which control the ARM CPU’s clock speeds.
Other than its overclocking ability which grants extra extra FPS in games/homebrew, it also has other features such as:
- A menu reminiscent of PSV VSH Menu to manage the plugin’s settings
- Configuration profiles for every game
- An FPS counter
- An X/O button swapper
- More features are planned for the future which may make this the ultimate overclocking/in-game menu plugin!
Are there any side effects? Is this safe?
According to reports from some users on Reddit, this plugin seems to have some issues when navigating its menu but these have been fixed with version 1.0.1.
However, dots-tb has acknowledged that the menu may lag so be prepared to experience that. Furthermore, userland apps that report clock speed (such as Vitaident) will report false speed so don’t get alarmed at incorrect CPU frequency values.
Whoever uses this must remember that this a true overclock and not just enabling a mode that’s already used in some commercial games. As a result, this carries the risks of true overclocking which potentially include shortening the lifespan of your system’s motherboard, the generation of more heat and system freezes.
That being said, I personally don’t think that this 56 (or 50, depending on whom you ask) MHz overclock will produce any adverse effects considering that many mobile/desktop CPUs can be slightly overclocked with little to no problems. Furthermore, dots-tb apparently had a team of 6 testers before releasing this plugin which means that it’s been tested and no PSVitas have been killed.
To grab the plugin, simply follow the link below, copy it to your Vita and add it to the *KERNEL section of taiHEN’s config.txt. If you want to see the performance differences, simply check out this excellent video by MrGamemaker8 comparing the 444MHz and 500MHz modes side-by-side!
Disclaimer: Neither I nor Wololo are responsible for any damage done to your PSVita/PSTV by using this plugin!
LOLIcon download link: https://github.com/dots-tb/LOLIcon/releases/latest
Dots-tb’s twitter (further updates): https://twitter.com/dots_tb