Thinking about a PS TV...

Discussion in 'PS Vita - Hacking & Homebrew' started by Adr990, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. Adr990
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    Adr990 To boldly go where no man has gone before!

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    Just realizing now how cool this thing from Sony could be for it's price... If it only was able to play all Vita games, retro consoles and be a media player.

    Out of it's original box, this does far from seem to be the case.

    If I were to buy one now, can I hack it?
    And will the hacking allow me to play all Vita games; emulators and consume media from USB/Netflix/Youtube?

    Cheers.
     
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    keven3477 Fresh Prince of Lemonade

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    From what I have heard, the hacking of it only hacks the psp mode. Think of it like vwii for the wii u, it is the vpsp from the pstv that is hacked.
     
  3. Gonquai

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    Since firmware 3.52 came out, it's been quite a bit harder to actually hack the vita. Thanks to sony's patch that causes the exploit game to crash after loading 1 mb of homebrew applications. The application Ark-2 that's used to play all psp games crashes the console, the native hack "Rejuvenate" is patched out thanks to psm dev being gone. So all you can load for homebrew on the latest firmware are emulators, but since custom bubbles might happen, that could maybe be a thing that picks up for 3.52. (There may be a few errors, but that should be mostly right.)
     
  4. Tikker

    Tikker GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    if you've got a ps4, ps tv is awesome. remote play is great
     
  5. TehCupcakes

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    If you're interested in a hackable machine to use as a media device and play emulators, you're better off with a Wii or a PSP.

    As others have said, the hackable portion of the PSTV (and PS Vita) only really allows playing PSP "backups", and more recently some homebrew. However, the limitations are such that it depends on whether you have the right firmware, the right exploitable game, and possibly an up-to-date system to transfer games to the PSTV. Then depending on the firmware version you're on and the exploit used, there can be compatibility issues on top of that.

    The short version is, the PSTV is simply not worth it as a hacked device alone (in my opinion). If you're interested in using it for its official features like remote play from a PS4 and playing (legally purchased) PS Vita games, it may be worth it for you. After all, they recently dropped to $40 and there have been sales that let them go for as cheap as $20, so Sony's practically giving the hardware away.
     
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  6. mech

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    pstv is well worth it if you can get one on 3.20 firmware, you can play all psp roms, PS1 roms, all the old emulators snes, megadrive etc... there is also a way to play the vita games that sony doesnt want you to play but its not public. well worth £29.99 delivered in my opinion.
     
  7. Gonquai

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    Playing any ps vita game on FW 3.52?
     
  8. mech

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    Not sure on the version, it's not public.