Sony's PlayStation Vita Gets Teardown Treatment, First Homebrew App

Following a sell-out of pre-orders, Sony's PlayStation Vita hand-held console has launched in Japan - and has already been given the homebrew and teardown treatment.

The console, once known as the Next-Generation Portable or NGP, is designed to succeed the moderately successful PlayStation Portable. Unlike its predecessor, the Vita includes multiple control systems including front- and rear-mounted touch-sensitive portions along with the option of integrated 3G broadband connectivity.

Having pre-ordered, a team of teardown experts from Tech-On has taken the Vita apart to reveal its internals, showing off Sony's clever and compact design by removing the various printed circuit boards to unveil the main motherboard with its powerful processor, high-quality OLED display, and backside touch-sensor.

At the same time, Slashdot reports that a homebrewer - one who self-codes programs for consumer electronics without the official authorisation of the platform's creators - from Japan has become the first to create a proof of concept package to run on the console.

While it's a simple 'Hello, World' programme, Mamosuke's code represents the first example of homebrew applications executing on the Vita - raising hopes that, despite digital rights management (DRM) technology built in to the console, the Vita will be a platform for homebrew as its predecessor the PlayStation Portable was.