A new way of storing your content has been developed in order to move away from Sony’s proprietary PS Vita memory card. You can now use a Micro SD card to store all of your homebrew and game content. Though this takes some setting up, this is the preferred way of storage. This SD2Vita tutorial will help you set one up.
The SD2Vita adapter uses your PS Vita game card slot so if you play a lot of physical Vita game cartridges it may be inconvenient for some users. Personally, I think the ability to use a MicroSD card (up to 256 GB) outweighs this.
1. PS Vita on HENkaku Enso Custom Firmware
2. SD2Vita 3.0 adapter
Version 3.0 of the SD2Vita adapter is the latest and greatest. Any SD2Vita adapter older than v3.0 is not recommended. I would go for the black SD2Vita 3.0 adapter with red text as they are known by the community to have better build quality and have less of a failure rate. New ‘white’ versions of the adapter have been seen but I have not tested these yet.
- SD2Vita 3.0 (eBay)
- SD2Vita 3.0 (Amazon)
- SD2Vita 3.0 (AliExpress) – Usually the cheapest, but can take a month to arrive
3. Micro SD Cards (SD2Vita supports up to 256 GB)
SD2Vita Tutorial Instructions
- Download the SD2Vita driver
- Download the zzBlank .img file
- If you haven’t already, move your ux0:tai folder to ur0:tai and delete the ux0:tai folder
- Copy the SD2Vita driver file (gamesd.skprx) to ur0:tai using VitaShell via USB or FTP.
- Add the following to ur0:tai/config.txt under *KERNEL like below:
- DO NOT SKIP: Backup your Vita Memory Card (ux0 folder) to your computer using VitaShell via USB or FTP
- Put your microSD card into your computer and follow either the Windows, Mac, or Linux section below.
- Download the latest release of Win32 Disk Imager
- Open Win32 Disk Imager and select zzBlank.img that you downloaded earlier from your computer
- Select your microSD and click Write
- Take your microSD card out of your computer and put it back in
- Windows will prompt you to format your card. Use these settings.
- File System: exFat
- Allocation Unit Size: Default Allocation Size
- Do not put a volume label. Leave blank.
- Enable Quick Format if you wish
- Copy the Vita Memory card backup you made earlier to the SD Card
- Put the SD Card into the SD2Vita adapter and reboot your Vita
1. Go to Disk Utility > Select Card > Partition > Options > MBR > 1 partition > exFAT
2. Copy the Vita Memory card backup you made earlier to the SD Card
3. Put the SD Card into the SD2Vita adapter and reboot your Vita
1. Find the whole-device node (usually /dev/sdx)
- If you’re unsure, use the
2. Unmount all partitions, but don’t eject the microSD
3. Use the
dd command to write zzBlank.img to the card
dd if=/path/zzBlank.img of=/dev/sdx
4. Take out the micro SD card and put it in again
5. Create a new MBR (msdos) partition table, an exFAT partition, and format that partition
6. Copy the backup you made earlier to the SD Card
7. Put the SD Card into the SD2Vita adapter and reboot your Vita
At this point your Vita should have rebooted and recognized your SD2Vita adapter. If you go into Vita Shell your adapter is mapped to ux0 now. Now you are free to install homebrew, PS Vita, PSP games, PSX games, etc. with your increased amount of storage.
I highly suggest checking out NoPayStation. As the name implies, you are able to download PS Vita, PSP, PSX games free (if you own the license) directly from Sony’s servers. Check out the official tutorial here as well as the official site. For support and community help, check out this PS Vita Hacking Discord server.
Stay tuned: A review with my thoughts and experiences of the SD2Vita adapter will be coming up next.