PS Vita users will be more than familiar with the struggle of fiddling around with QCMA, the open source alternative to Sony's Content Manager Assistant that allows jailbroken PS Vita users to reap all the benefits of Sony's Content Manager but in open source, homebrew form. While it is a step up from Sony's offering, it still cannot beat dragging and dropping files directly to your Vita's mass storage, which is what Vita Media Center allows.
As of right now, the utility offers the following features:
- The ability to play videos on your PSVita without QCMA, just You only have to copy the videos to ux0:/data/media center/videos/ and not worry about anything else.
- Touch controls for stopping/playing and exiting a video.
- Ability to skip 10 seconds in either direction by pressing the L/R buttons on the D-pad.
As the utility uses the Vita's native video player APIs, it can currently only play back MPEG-4 Simple Profile Level 6 at 720p (max) with AAC audio or H.264 video at 1080p (max) with AAC audio. In the future, the developer, Arkanite, plans to remove the hard-coded directory so that you can place videos in any folder found in
ux0:/data as well as adding SMB support and MKV support. All in all, this utility seems to have a great deal of potential going into the future (that is if you want to destroy your eyes by watching video on such a tiny screen).
What do you guys think of this utility? Will you be installing it on your PS Vita so you can get off the ground running with your movies and TV Shows ASAP? Let us know in the comments, or post about it over on our forums.