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ADePSP
October 20th, 2006, 20:07
edisoncarter has just posted a warning to users wanting to use the new CheatDevice for Vice City Stories...

Everything is looking really good for Pimping Cars and building stunt tracks and all the other goodies the CheatDevice offers providing you DO NOT UPGRADE TO 2.8 OR ABOVE...


New games requiring FW 2.8 and 2.81 are coming out already, and since LCS was almost the first game to use FW 2.0, we can expect VCS to require FW 2.8 or 2.81.

Firmware 2.8 has very limited homebrew capabilities, does not have kernel mode, can't downgrade and can't run DevHook. FW 2.81 has zero homebrew. This is not likely to change anytime soon.

If we want to use cheats on VCS, we're going to have to stay on FW 2.71 or lower and run it through DevHook. FW 2.8 cannot run DevHook because the kernel mode exploit has been patched.

Currently DevHook can't emulate FW 2.8, but it can emulate FW 2.71 and fake a higher version, and according to this:
http://www.psp-hacks.com/2006/10/20/umd-requiring-fw-281/
they had a patch out for Star Trek Tactical Assault to fix the incompatibilities almost as soon as it came out. Hopefully it'll be the same way with VCS.

To summarize, if you want to be able to use cheats on VCS like we did with CheatDevice on LCS, you'll need to stay on FW 2.71 or lower. Hopefully there will be a patch a few days after release to make VCS run in DevHook.


Firmware versions
FW 2.71 - kernel mode, can downgrade or run DevHook emulation
FW 2.8 - user mode only
FW 2.81 - no homebrew at all, you are screwed

Firmware exploit history
11-27-05 GTA exploit discovered by edisoncarter
11-29-05 FW 2.6
03-25-06 FW 2.7 - GTA exploit patched (thanks Sony for 4 months!)
06-01-06 FW 2.71
06-28-06 sceKernelLoadExec kernel mode exploit discovered by HitchHikr
07-27-06 FW 2.8 - kernel mode exploit patched (1 month later)
08-21-06 TIFF exploit discovered by NOPx86
09-07-06 FW 2.81 - TIFF exploit patched (17 days later)

potatoman
October 20th, 2006, 21:08
thanks for the heads up, i was just about to ask about this...

jak66
October 20th, 2006, 21:45
i am guessing, from the info youve given, that edisoncarter is planning to release the next cheat device as a devhook prx, rather than a save game exploit (probably wont be one after last time, hehe)

ADePSP
October 21st, 2006, 05:23
i am guessing, from the info youve given, that edisoncarter is planning to release the next cheat device as a devhook prx, rather than a save game exploit (probably wont be one after last time, hehe)

Correct...

pibs
October 21st, 2006, 05:31
FW 2.81 - no homebrew at all, you are screwed LOL nice way to put it there but atleast they can play the game.

so lemme get this clear.... theres no point in purchasing vcs until theres a way around the fw thing right?

wolfpack
October 21st, 2006, 05:54
i already have 2 psp's... im not gonna worry about this

Chib
October 22nd, 2006, 03:02
this sounds exiting

Festizzio
October 22nd, 2006, 04:09
I agree, I can't wait for a cheat device for VCS.:)

tycp_08
October 22nd, 2006, 07:27
So Festizzo, I see you have one of them sigs to...

Festizzio
October 22nd, 2006, 09:21
Lol, I saw someone with a sig and I decided it was time for a change. :)

sedkiller
October 24th, 2006, 01:51
yea the cheat device whas really cool on LCS hope they will be able to try something and make it work on VCS