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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.
So far, there have been two events that show that PS Vita hacks are right around the corner. Mamosuke is a celebrated member of the custom PSP community in Japan, and he recently developed a method of utilizing the PSP emulator to his advantage. Likewise, a fan found what could be a sort of debug mode that seems equipped with a sort of test pattern. At least, the screen could be interpreted as such. It displayed dolphins, a pearl and an oyster from various angles. If this is a debug mode, it might be the key to an impressive PSV mod. However, it might also mean that a development unit somehow got into the wild. If that’s the case, Sony will probably try to reacquire the system, but it is simply too early to tell what they’re going to do at the moment.
Mamosuke’s PS Vita hack relies on the PSP emulation mode, but it might mean that certain types of homebrew games could be enjoyed on the new hardware. Regardless of what happens with these two particular events, the mere fact that the hardware is now on the market in Japan means that PS Vita hacks are on the horizon. Once the system goes live on the world scale, there is no telling just what sort of PSV mod software people will come up with. As with anything else, once the hardware is successfully hacked, developers are only limited by their skill and creativity.
That doesn’t mean that every PS Vita hack will come in the form of a homebrew game, however. There were a number of other PSP applications that were homemade and each of the good ones seemed to enjoy a level of relative popularity. The PSPaint! series of applications is an excellent example of productivity software for the platform. The CrazyPaint project also shows that there is a good reason to consider the PSP a tool for artists. For those who aren’t artistically inclined, a simple paint program is a great way to take notes when one doesn’t have access to another type of mobile device. Since many gamers carry around their handheld unit with them, this can be used to turn a PSP into a reusable piece of paper.
For those who feel closed off by the XMD interface, PSP saw the introduction of a file management suite entitled PSP Filer. It basically turned the PSP into a handheld computer system that could actually be manipulated. Serious users probably had a copy of AFKIM installed as well. This instant messaging suite was quite feature packed for a piece of pocket software. Emulators are naturally quite popular, and while gpSP might be famous, the ability of DosBox PSP to give gamers the ability to play PC games on their handheld was really quite impressive.
Emulators are a good place to start speculation, since people like to bring older games along with them wherever they go. There is something to be said for older games, and considering that a PSP emulation mode was exploited for one of the PS Vita hacks, it seems only natural that emulators would be among the first things developed for the platform. Of course, much of this is dependent on the way that Sony behaves. They had a tendency to crush many of the attempts to hack their hardware in the past, but this is totally understandable. Those who are not as noble can engage in acts of piracy, and Sony naturally wants to protect the community from this. Sadly, it might be seen as a case of the acts of a few nasty people ruining everyone else’s fun.