Deep analysis about PSVita Cobra BlackFin Dongle

After a period of slience, Cobra Black Fin are start perked up in the market. This p2p Vita game sharing device implicitly promises to be Vita pirates’ wet dream, allowing people to share games with their “friends” worldwide. The Cobra Black Fin team, behind the dongle, have updated their official website recently.


There have 7 slots on Cobra BlackFin Reader, maybe many player are very curious about what’s inside the Cobra BlackFin. Here i’d like to share a few screenshots of the inside of the cobra blackfin. The screenshots reveal what kind of hardware architecture is powering the piracy dongle.

Quite a number of people on the scene are expecting to get their hands on the device in order to reverse engineer it. Although such a thing is pretty typical (the scene is always keen on reverse engineering the likes of TrueBlue, Gateway, etc…), in the case of the BlackFin I’m wondering if there’s even an incentive to do so. The concept sounds pretty “simple” and non-magical to me: the device uses actual, legit games at the authentication step, getting just enough data for the PS Vita to then accept to run the iso. I’m of course over simplifying things here, but the rest is mostly glue for all the software components to work together.

The screenshots show that the blackfin uses an Actel A3P250-VQG100 (FPGA) as its main CPU and an FTDI FT2232HL for USB communication.  And of course, there have another slot is available for a microcontroller, but that one appears empty on the screenshots.



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Latest news about PSVita Cobra Black Fin

Recently, PSVita Cobra BlackFin is very active on currently market. And the BlackFin official website is continuously updated news. Here is the original post.
IMG_4199News Update! Cobra BlackFin team is adding server coverage for Asia and the Americas which should help to ensure that you can authenticate games over the severs in those regions without any possible time out errors which you could experience using current European server.
Cobra BlackFin can be used on your own PC (localhost) to play any of your own game cards, over the BlackFin servers for maximum number of titles, or on a friend’s private network by setting the IP address in the config to that of your friend’s PC IP address. We will be adding an easier config drop down to the BlackFin PC software in the next week or so to allow easily swapping between localhost, Asia, Americas or European server or input IP address of your friends server. Should sites decide to review BlackFin before the additional server coverage is in place, we would emphasize the importance of testing the device over a private
network (such as between two pc’s on the same IP address or a friend’s PC in the same region. Please ensure you open respective ports on the LAN or wifi routers.) in order to properly test the BlackFin hardware. Of course we will post an additional
news over the next few days when additional server coverage is in place. The process is already underway, so it will be very soon.
We have heard that close to 100 different titles have been acquired by contributors for use by all on the the Asian servers and similar will follow on the European and Americas servers shortly after.
Cobra Black Fin 03I will update in the first time if there have any news released about Cobra BlackFin, please focus blog.digimartz!

PSVita Cobra BlackFin Users’ Manual

Recently, PSVita Cobra BlackFin have began to sale on the market. In order to make you know more about it, i collect some data, please read below users’ manual.

Cobra Black Fin Emulator Initialization
Formatted mircoSD card and dump ISO files, connect the BlackFin Reader to PC through USB cable. Before access the BlackFin Reader, you need to install ‘Drivers’ on PC. Then enter the Drivers directory, run ‘CDM211216-Setup’, following the intructions to install FTDI drivers.
BlackFin user guide 1
Right Click Blackfin dongle and choose Update Driver Software, select Browse my computer for driver software, then c:\Blackfin-1.0\Drivers Software, the installation will be finished automatically.
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Open BlackFin App, then insert a blank microSD card into BlackFin Emulator, then plug to BlackFin Reader, any slot is ok.
BlackFin user guide 3Format the microSD before add game dumps.
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Setting the server tp use with the BlackFin Software
The BlackFin Software can be configured to use any server (local server and public server) You can edit C:\Users\<user>\AppDate\Local\BlackFin\settings.conf to change the server, see the below picture.
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Using the BlackFin Software
There have some tabs on BlackFin Software.The first one is for accessing the Card Emulator and a new tab will be created for Readers that the application detects. The windows will be like this. If the BlackFin Dongle is not find, just click ‘Retry’ button to try again. You can switch the tab to see the status of your BlackFin Reader.
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Identify your game cards
To identify a card, you need to follow these intruction:
First, select a card
In this part, the BlackFin Emulator must not be inserted in the Reader or in PS Vita, or the Vita must be off, then selet the card
The Software will start scannin for the BlackFin Emulator
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You can insert the BlackFin Emulator into PS Vita, it will be detected by the Software and authentication of the game card will begin
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The game have been recognized by the BlackFin Software, and now it can be dumped.
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Dumping a Vita Game Card to disk
Make sure the game card is authenticated, then select the game card to dump
Select the ‘Dump to disk’ option from the reader’s menu
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Select the directory and filename to save the ISO file
The game will be dumped from the Reader to the file you selected, wait until the game dumped finish.
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Add a game dump to the BlackFin Emulator MicroSD card
Insert the BlackFin Emulator to the Reader, any slots is ok.
Ensure the microSD card is formatted.
Select the BlackFin Emulator from the list of cards in the reader, then click ‘Add game’ button from the menu
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Select the ISO file you want to add to the micro SD card, then game will be added to the microSD card of the Emulator
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Launch a game through the BlackFin Emulator
Make sure the microSD card is formatted and with ISO games, insert into the BlackFin Emulator, then select ‘Card Emulator’tab
Click the ‘Bluetooth: Connect’ button.
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Inset the BlackFin Emulator into the PSVita after it finished, the software will be like this. On the left side, the game will show up as green if it is available on the server; If not, then shows red. All of the available games will be shown at the right side.
Select a game that you want to launch, then click ‘Launch game’ button, the game will be authenticated by the PSVita through the BlackFin Server.
BlackFin user guide 17The game have been launched and enjoy the game on your console.
BlackFin user guide 18Cobra BlackFin is currently supported up to PS Vita Firmware 3.57. We are now developing for fireware 3.60. Please don’t update your console over 3.57 fireware on the meantime — comes from BlackFin Team.


Latest news about PSVita flashcard — Cobra Black Fin

IMG_4199 We hear Cobra Black Fin at the end of 2015. This is a kinds of game sharing flashcard. Because the degree of safety of PSVita system is extremely high,  it’s very hard to break. Maybe some people think this is a rumor. But yesterday, the cobra black fin official website updated suddenly, the below is the detailed news:

“News Update!  We have been hard at work finalizing the BlackFin software the past few months. We are pleased to announce that this is now complete and the BlackFin hardware system is now available to order with immediate shipment available, We have uploaded the BlackFin-1.0 software package and the BlackFin user manual to the downloads section. Samples are being sent to review sites over the next few days, so you can expect to see reviews appearing on related sites in the coming days. Resellers may contact us to reserve stocks or place an order”
I have collating some datum about PSVita Cobra BlackFin flashcard, here i want to share with you.
1. Cobra Black Fin only run on system 3.57 or lower, is not compatible with firmware 3.60  currently. The Blackfin team advises players to stay on 3.57 or lower for now, but promise they are working on 3.60 compatibility.
2. Cobra Black Fin including 4 parts

  • Cobra Black Fin Emulator card
    Cobra Black Fin Reader
    Mini USB cable
    BlackFin USB dongle

3. You can share your cartridge to friends or others via Cobra Black Fin, but they can’t use until you insert the PSVita game card to BlackFin reader, and connected with internet.

Yes, as the page updated, the Cobra Black Fin hardware system is now available. If you have any interesting, welcome to visit PSVita Cobra Black Fin



Cobra Black Fin is the first ever peer to peer game sharing device for PS Vita! It allows the players to share your friends’ game titles by connecting to a P2P network via from your PC. It allows you to access hundreds of titles over a P2P network,  is the ultimate P2P network system for your Vita.

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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.


Huge 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.

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