Manually Offline Updating PS Vita Firmware

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This will show you how to safely update your PS Vita firmware without an internet connection, this is useful for updating 3.61+ devices directly to 3.65 which is compatible with h-encore + Ensō custom firmware hack. Qcma will be used to transfer the update files to your PS Vita. Qcma is an alternative to Sony’s Content Manager Assistant and does not require you to sign in to PSN or register your console to transfer files.

Required Downloads

PlayStation Vita on Firmware 3.61 or Higher

PS Vita Firmware File (PSP2UPDAT.PUP)

  • You require the specific update file for the firmware that you would like to update to
  • The update file must be named PSP2UPDAT.PUP
  • 3.65 is the recommended firmware if updating from 3.61 or higher because it is compatible with h-encore + Ensō for permanent custom firmware

PS Vita USB Connection

  •  You will need the USB cable to connect your PS Vita to a PC for the offline update

SD2Vita Adapter (Recommended)icon-amazon

Preparing for Update

  1. On your PS Vita, Block Updates via DNS Settings
  2. On your PC, Install Qcma with the linusb0 driverinstall qcma libusb0 driver
  3. Once installed, open Qcma to see the main windowqcma vita updates folder
  4. Copy the PSP2UPDAT.PUP to the path shown under [Updates / Web Content]qcma copy psp2updat .pup
  5. Open the other tab in the Qcma windowqcma set custom update version
  6. Set [Use this version for updates] to [Custom]
  7. Set [Custom PS Vita Version] to 03.650.000
  8. Right click the small Qcma icon in your system tray and select [Refresh database]qcma refresh database

Updating PS Vita Firmware

  1. Connect your PS Vita to your PC via USB
  2. On your PS Vita, open [Settings] -> [System Update] -> [Update by Connecting to a PC]vita update by connecting to pc
  3. Ensure that the confirmation displays the firmware version that you intend to update to3.65 vita system software available
  4. Confirm and update your firmwarevita system update
  5. After the update has installed, check [Settings] -> [System] -> [System Information] to verify that you have updated to the correct firmware3.65 vita system information

Congratulations on manually offline updating your PS Vita firmware to 3.65, you can now proceed to installing the 3.65 exploit using h-encore.