[ PS VITA - Release Standards 2016 v1.0 ]
1.0) Initial Release Standards
1.1) Releases must be packed in RAR. Proof, SFV and NFO must be included.
Proof is required for cartridges because of the amount of dumps out there.
Proof must be a subdirectory /Proof with a jpg of the cartridge and grp tag
EXIF Data on your pictures should be removed as usual.
1.2) RAR's must be in multiples of 50.000.000 bytes, no more than 99 volumes.
1.3) First working format that has English language wins; .VPK Format
(compress the dumped game folder to .zip and rename to .vpk)
1.3.1) Best dumper that provides the most functionality / fully working game.
MaiDumpTool_V233.0/V233.1 or greater recommended / new dumper that is compatible
with the molecular shell and provides more options / compability.
* Currently only MaiDumpTool can create the required sce_module's however:
For special circumstances like games with GRE (updates on cartridge) which
are currently not fully supported by Mai, but can be dumped using Vitamin 2.0
you may use a combination of both dumpers to create a working .vpk
(Assuming this issue will be addressed in the next update to MaiDumpTool)
In that scenario you would dump gamedata with Vitamin 2.0 and replace the
eboot/modules you got via Mai (mai_moe/ + sce_module/ + eboot.bin)
Create a new working .vpk file and test accordingly (note in nfo)
1.3.2) Release RAR's must be compressed w/ M1 (fastest) or better.
1.3.3) If another dumper comes out - the dumper with the best compability
should become the default tool.
1.3.4) All releases must be released including all sce_module/ files.
1.3.5) The NFO must indicate the version and name of the dumper used.
1.4) The release structure must be in the following format:
1.4.1) Releases must not have any .RIF data included.
1.5) If a game is re-released because of the following reasons the tagging
should change in the release name:
1.5.1) Re-release of blackfin dump, the dir must be tagged:
(nfo must specify that this is a re-release of a blackfin dump and that it
now aligns with current rules).
** THIS IS NOT A PROPER, IT IS NOT A NUKE, NOW WORKING TO CURRENT STANDARDS!
THESE STILL CAN BE PROPERED AND/OR REPACKED FOR OTHER REASONS OF COURSE **
1.5.2) Prior releases in .vpk format (Vitamin 1.1) can be PROPER/REPACK only if
correct reason stated in nfo (i.e. game crashes at level 5).
1.5.3) If release has additional foreign languages, the dir should be tagged:
MULTI(NUMBER_OF_LANGS) and the nfo must specify what languages are included.
(optional on first release, mandatory on multi after english only)
DUPES from other regions without new languages or new content are NOT allowed.
1.6) The directory name should NOT have a region tag such as: EUR, USA on first release.
The source region must be included in the nfo instead.
Example: if EUR MULTI is first no USA after MULTI, but MULTI is allowed after USA.
1.6.1) For non English releases (JAPANESE/KOREAN/etc.) the directory name MUST have a
region tag (JPN/JAP/KOR ...)
1.6.x) Directory Tagging Examples:
1.7) There are digital downloads (PSN) for PSV such as old PSP/PSX titles and
full digital game versions.
The nfo must specify that it is a PSN or Prior Console release.
This is on par with the WIIU standards for eShop/VC.
Suggested Directory tagging would look like:
1.7.1) ALL RIF DATA MUST BE REMOVED FROM PSN DOWNLOADS!
We encourage people to double and triple check before releasing these.
1.7.2) Currently we are deciding NOT to address the DLC/Updates that can be dumped.
There are cases where there could be meaningful updates to cartridge games that
come out on PSN where these files could be packaged up and released much like
DOX in the pc-game world. Until such time this is happening and we know how
this will be handled via the SDK we ask that people refrain from these releases
until a better understanding is reached.
These rules are signed by following groups in alphabetical order on 10/Sep/2016
LiGHTFORCE - PACT - TRSI - VENOM