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The PS Vita was one of the most anticipated new hand held game consoles in recent history. It sold a quarter of a million units on its debuted in Japan and impressed many gamers with its smooth graphics, easy control and ease of use. Console hackers were drooling at the possibility of debugging games and hacking into the hardware of the device. Oddly, evidence of the potential for PSVita hacks and the potential for PS Vita Mods had surfaced only hours after the console debuted.
A series of videos began circling through the Internet focusing on a strange glitch that many owners were experiencing with their brand new PS Vita. These videos showcased a PS Vita that seemed to be stuck in some type of debug mode. Of course, debug modes are created by developers to test software and hardware without limitation to test it for bugs and to fix these bugs. A debug mode would be the perfect tool for hackers looking to create a solid PSV hack.
The strangest aspect of this debut mode was its presentation. The background of the screen is a soothing blue and features three dolphins swimming around the screen. It also includes a floating oyster and its pearl. Users change the view of these items, viewing them from various angles and zooming in and out.
In spite of this strange presentation, this news is great for hackers that are interested in creating their own unique take on the PS Vita and its upcoming library of games. A debug mode would make it easy for these hackers to create their hacks.
For example, a hacker could simply activate this debug mode and begin changing the options on the hardware using the debug options. Without the debug mode, they would have to hook up the console hardware to an independent computer and program the hardware and software directly. While talented hackers don’t have problems with these programming demands, it is often beyond the abilities of creative but technically limited hackers.
The debug mode could open up the world of hacking to a whole new world of hackers. Hackers with little programming skills could easily change their console and game options and create whole new gaming experiences. Of course, hacking still requires restraint and a careful understanding of what changing each option entails. Improperly changing options can cause problems even in debug mode.
However, while these videos do show a lot of promise for hackers, there is a major problem with this debug mode. It apparently has happened randomly to PS Vitas when it was turned on without any input from the device owner. Even worse, many of the Vitas that end up in this mode are unable to leave the mode. Even powering it off and removing the batteries doesn’t cause the debug mode to disappear.
In spite of this major problem, a potential debug mode such as this shows a lot of potential and promise for the world of PS Vita hackers. A debug mode shows that the hardware and software of the device can be altered and changed in various ways. Stay tuned for the latest PS Vita news to see where this development takes the system.