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Newly launched gaming hardware is often prone to showing glitches, but one suggests that there are PS Vita Homebrew games on the horizon. A particular video has surfaced that shows a new Vita owner using a device in what looks like a debug mode. Naturally, a debug mode is promising for those that are into developing psvita hack software. The screen shows what looks like a floating oyster, a pearl and three swimming dolphins. Since Sony is known for relatively cute things anyways, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Everyone should remember that the company’s mascot is Toro, after all.
Unfortunately, it seems that the Vita in question is far from having a working psvita hack installed on it. Instead, it appears to be completely locked into the so-called dolphin mode. While this might be a glitch, it could be a development version that made it into the wild. If that were true, Sony would probably replace it very quickly. Moreover, there would probably be some sort of legal doctrine thrown about in regards to disseminating trade secrets about development versions of the hardware. This would be very bad news for fans that would be into PS Vita homebrew software.
Of course, there are also those who would stop at nothing and shell out a large amount of money to get their hands on a glitch or development version. Sony has usually been quite secretive about their software, and there is a chance that this sort of thing is a hoax. If it is one, though, it seems that the individual in question went the length to develop it. The idea of psv homebrew still wouldn’t be too foreign, however. People should remember that the PSP had its own homebrew movement, and many other platforms have had similar movements.
That being said, the PSP’s homebrew community also created malware. The Trojan.PSPBrick, as Symantec called it, is considered to be the first trojan for the PSP. These sorts of problems might not have an influence on the psv homebrew community. However, it should be noted that because homebrew games aren’t supported, one should be very careful. There are jerks in every crowd, but this shouldn’t be used to judge gamers as a whole.
People that are into psvita hack news, at least in Japan, are actually part of a relatively sophisticated hobby. The world of dojin soft or dojin games produce countless homemade games for a variety of platform. One of the more notable platforms that this community exploited was the Sega Dreamcast, which had notoriously weak copy protection. While the copy protection for more recent Sony systems are far more advanced than that of the old Dreamcast platform, there is still a very dedicated group of fans that work at development in this sort of an underground capacity. While laws and attitudes are starting to change, Japanese fans are usually not as likely to experience the cease and desist orders that plague western fans.
That might mean that some of this sort of energy could bleed over into the western fan base, and jumpstart psv homebrew outside of the Vita’s home country. If the dolphin debug mode does indeed turn out to be true, it would serve to fuel the fire even more. If people who have developed games for other platforms start to take their craft to the Vita hardware, the result would truly be incredible. People should also remember that a few homebrew games have eventually made it to store shelves. For now, though, aspirations are probably slightly lower because of the uncertainty surrounding these sorts of rumors.