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How to fully customize PSP/Vita Bubbles
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logo   How to fully customize PSP/Vita Bubbles


Working for Firmwares: All

PlayStationTV compatible: Yes


Difficulty: Moderate

Time: /


Credits: Mr.Gas, Major_Tom

Requirements:
  • DB Browser for SQLite 3.7.0
  • a registered e-mail account on your Vita (fail-mail)
  • yifanlu's psvimgtools (backup-editing)
  • FileZilla (HENkaku)
  • CustomizationSavegame.zip

  • Note: All methods are temporary and you will need to restart the whole process after a database rebuild.


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    0) If you haven't started your game after for example a database rebuild, open it once. (When 'Please wait' is displayed the game will be 'registered' in the app.db)



    Step 1: Dumping your app.db file



    Depending on your firmware there are different ways to do this:


    Fail-Mail trick - for firmware(s) 3.00 - 3.52



    HENkaku - for firmware 3.60



    Backup Editing - for ALL firmware(s)





    Step 2: Preparing a customization savegame



    To make use of our custom icons, backgrounds, startups and whatsoever, we would need to install them somewhere on the Vita first. Because its hard to maintain files via the mail trick, the easiest and best way is to create and use a PSP Savegame! This way we can easily manage, re-edit if needed and copy our resources via QCMA without any complicated tricks.


    savegame

    Download



    Inside our Customization savegame we can now create subfolders for each of our bubbles and keep the name 'icon0.png' multiple times for example.


    e.g: ux0:pspemu/PSP/SAVEDATA/CUSTOMIZATION/vhbl/icon0.png





    Option 1: Rename any Bubble




    Option 2: Customizing the Bubble Icon (icon0.png)




    Option 3: Customizing the launcher area (bg0.png & launcher.png)




    Option 4: Adding a custom 'bootscreen' (pic0.png) to PSP games




    Option 5: Adding custom frames to the PSP launcher area






    ★ Wiki: Some information about xml modifications and the basics






    Step 3: (Re)Installing the modified app.db file



    Fail-Mail trick - for firmware(s) 3.00 - 3.52



    HENkaku - for firmware 3.60



    Backup Editing - for ALL firmware(s)




    Restart your Vita and your changes should be applied! Done!




    FAQ & Troubleshooting



    My database auto-rebuilds after rebooting?!

    Somehow your app.db got corrupted. Restart from scratch :/


    My background/icon is just grey?!

    Check the path or dimension of your png.


    My e-mail shows a [?] instead of the photo symbol?!

    Try resetting the mail account on the Vita and resend the mail.




    Last updated:
    October 04, 2017