Modoru is a plugin that allows the PS Vita to downgrade to the lowest factory firmware version. This guide will show users how to downgrade their PS Vita to a lower official firmware. It is recommended to downgrade to firmware 3.60 because it is easier to install ENSO on 3.60. However, PS Vita that are fairly brand new may not be able to downgrade below 3.67. After downgrading, you will need to hack your Vita again.
Files and Programs Needed
Playstation Vita: I got mine online from an eBay seller in Japan at https://ebay.us/aUGpF2
The official Sony Vita memory card, see if you can find a cheap one on Ebay here. Those with a PS Vita Slim won’t need a memory card.
VitaShell: GitHub Link
Modoru 2.0: GitHub Link
Pick One Firmware Below
3.60 Official Firmware: MediaFire Link
3.65 Official Firmware: GitHub Link
3.67 Official Firmware: MediaFire Link
3.68 Official Firmware: MediaFire Link
Make sure you Enable Unsafe Homebrew in HENkaku Settings.
- Download Modoru 2.0 or higher and the firmware of your choosing.
- Note: Make sure Modoru is at least version 2.0 or higher (this is very important, the 2.0+ versions added support to downgrade from 3.73).
- Not all Vita can be downgraded to 3.60 or 3.65. If your Vita was created in 2018 or beyond start with 3.65.
- Back on your Vita, launch Vitashell, press Start and change “SELECT button” to USB.
- Press O to cancel main settings and then press select to connect your Vita to your PC.
- Transfer the files into any folder that just popped up (I created a folder called VPK).
- Once the files are done transferring, press X on the modoru.vpk file to install it.
- Press X twice to confirm Yes for both pop ups.
- Highlight PSP2UPDAT.PUP and press Triangle and then Copy.
- Press O to go back and then to ux0:app/MODORU000.
- While in ux0:app/MODORU000, highlight the .. then press Triangle and then Paste.
Step 5: Rename or Delete Tai Folder.
- You have to disable all your plugins in order to use Modoru.
- To do so:
- If you have not installed any other plugins or hacks, you can delete the ux0:tai folder.
- Moved on to step 6.
- If you installed hacks that you want to transfer over (Vitashell/H-encore do not count) then go to step 5B below.
Step 5B: Transferring Previous Hacks.
- If you have some hacks/apps that you installed and would like to transfer over after the downgrade:
- Rename the tai folder to anything other than tai (I renamed it “T” in my example.)
- Rename the tai folder that contains all your hacks/plugins, in my example it was ur0:tai but yours could be ux0:tai.
- If you have two tai folders, rename the folder that contains your hacks/plugins and delete the other tai folder.
This step is not necessary if you are not using a memory card.
- Go out to the Home screen/Settings/Henkaku Settings.
- Click on the UnLink Memory Card.
- Click on the Reboot Device.
- Once on, the Vita should update the database and then return to the home screen.
- Go to H-Encore and then Install HENkaku.
- Press X on Exit.
Step 8: Enable Unsafe Homebrew.
- Go to Settings/HENkaku Settings and press X on “Enable Unsafe Homebrew.”
- Scroll down to the Modoru icon and press X to launch it.
- Press X to confirm and wait 20 seconds.
- Press X to accept the terms and begin the installation.
Note: If you are getting “Error 0x80010002 opening ux0:app/MODORU000/PSP2UPDAT.PUP” it means your Vita is too new and can’t use that firmware. Download the next highest firmware and repeat step 4.
- Modoru should then close out and a green System Update screen will appear.
- Wait for the update to finish and go to settings and system information to see your new firmware.
*Now that you downgraded, you have to hack your Vita again (install Henkaku).