PS Vita Dongle: Cobra Black Fin (Hack to run ISOs)


Hello everybody! It’s been a long time since my last post here about the beloved PS Vita but finally I think we have something that does worth the discussion. As we all (the Vita owners/Collectors) know, the console is actually “dead” since there weren’t released or not being released any AAA gaming titles anymore. While Sony has abandoned the console giving it all to the PS4 and the hackers have been struggling to bring the console back to life… a team called “Cobra” also known at the PS3 scene from their product “Cobra ODE/Cobra Optical Drive Emulator”, popped up without any notice with a new site and project but for the Vita this time. This new project is called “Cobra Black Fin” and it is said to allow you run ISO PS Vita backups! More specifically as stated on their website:


Cobra Black Fin Website Launched!  The flash card revolution for Vita has begun……

What does Cobra Black Fin do?

The Black Fin allows Vita and Vita Slim Wifi and 3G users to share their Vita games over the internet.


The Cobra Black Fin Emulator card stores game ISO’s on Micro SD and the Black Fin Card is then inserted into the Vita/Vita Slim console


When connected to the Black Fin servers authentication of the Vita game is performed by matching the ISO on your Micro SD card to the same original game running on a peers’ Black Fin reader connected to his PC and the Black Fin servers or friends’  servers.


You might ask why it is necessary to authenticate the game you wish to play using an original card connected to a server?


Vita has a very secure card authentication mechanism, which to date has not been penetrated and is based on secure cryptography. It is unlikely that a direct authentication method which avoids having to use a peer to peer system will appear any time soon. As a result Cobra has designed a unique and cutting edge peer to peer sharing device which allows users to share their favourite games with friends over  an internet network.


Vast resources have been poured into designing a flash card which is the same size as the original Vita card itself. Yes, the Cobra Black Fin squeezes all of its technology into a card no bigger than a Vita game card with tons of features and packing serious hardware power! When you look at the circuit board design and components used you start to understand the expertise and time required to pull off a design of this magnitude.


What’s included in the Cobra Black Fin set? 

1 unit Cobra Black Fin Emulator card for Vita

1 Unit Cobra Black Fin Reader for PC

1 Mini USB to USB A cable for connecting Black Fin Card Reader to PC

1 BlackFin USB dongle



I recently was in contact with the team and hopefully soon (probably before the release date which is at the end of December) we will have it in hands to take a closer look and test the abilities that this product has to offer.

Stay tuned!

Source – Cobra Black Fin


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