PlayStation Vita firmware update for 3.73 now available

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The PlayStation Vita is gone, but not forgotten, to Sony, as yet another update has been pushed out for the legacy system. According to initial tests, the firmware doesn't change much at all--it doesn't even patch the Vita's well known h-encore2 exploit, making this new firmware still hackable, though it does seem like the tool used to downgrade your PSV firmware, Modoru has been patched. A new update for the homebrew tool was released, however, bringing Modoru compatibility to 3.73. Since this firmware is still new, you're advised to stay on your current OFW and not update, but at this time, it appears as nothing major has been changed.

Main features in system software update version 3.73
  • This system software update improves system performance.

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The PlayStation Vita is gone, but not forgotten, to Sony, as yet another update has been pushed out, for the legacy system. According to initial tests, the firmware doesn't change much at all--it doesn't even patch the Vita's well known h-encore2 exploit, making this new firmware still hackable, though it seems like the tool used to downgrade your PSV firmware, Modoru has been patched. Since this firmware is still new, you're advised to stay on your current OFW, if you wish to keep your PlayStation Vita hacked.



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SKGleba mentioned in this reddit post that their modoru fork still works (there were no lv0 changes) for those interested.
https://github.com/SKGleba/modoru/releases/tag/v2.1
 
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What if it's a trap?! The update could contain a time-bomb which will, after a month or so activate a MASSIVE stability patch to catch people who installed this thinking it was harmless. With their newfound stability, Sony will then launch a huge manufacturing run and worldwide marketing campaign for the Vita to revive it, with new first-party titles along with an official SD card adapter and price-cut for proprietary memory cards.
 

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What if it's a trap?! The update could contain a time-bomb which will, after a month or so activate a MASSIVE stability patch to catch people who installed this thinking it was harmless. With their newfound stability, Sony will then launch a huge manufacturing run and worldwide marketing campaign for the Vita to revive it, with new first-party titles along with an official SD card adapter and price-cut for proprietary memory cards.

Nah dawg, you've got Nintendo and Sony in a twist.
 

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At this point, I'm convinced that Sony is actually making some money from the online store for them to keep pushing out firmware updates otherwise they would've left the Vita alone.

Well, from my old QA testing days, every firmware drop cost money and resources, each time it, when it was submitted before public release.

They must be still making money from somewhere, otherwise they would be at a loss.
 
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It shows what great lengths they'll go on protecting, but not actually supporting something they've created. Obviously one is much, much costly than the other - astronomically, even - but it's interesting they're still allocating resources for that after all this time. It's a near vintage system at this point and most, if not nearly all new customers will buy it for the homebrew.

I don't really see the device printing much money for the company after all this time. Even the thought of protecting intellectual property seems diminished when you consider just how much of a dent this must be on Sony's finances.
 
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I think this software update was just so that companies would right an article about it so that people would remember that they even own a ps Vita. Cause that's what this article did for me lol.
 
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