3.60 Vita

Discussion in 'PS Vita - Hacking & Homebrew' started by Ohad1th, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. Ohad1th

    Ohad1th GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 23, 2015
    I got a PS Vita couple of months ago and i never touched it , it has 3.6 firmware which can be used for backups so i've heard
    but I never got it online and I'm afraid it'll auto update or something
    can someone please explain to me how it works ? I searched for a guide and didn't quite find what I was looking for , I want to play "pirated" games on my vita , can I play online with this ?
    thanks !
  2. VitaType

    VitaType GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 16, 2016
    It's very easy. You should make sure that automatic downloading of new firmware is disabled in the Settings.
    Then you visit https://henkaku.xyz/ (use this domain, there is a fake site on a very similar domain that uses the very same design. .xyz is the right one.) on your Vita and press the install button.
    The installation can throw a error and fail multiple times (likely it will do it) just retry it a couple of times. It works. The reason for this is that the hack uses a such called race condition (a bug in the rendering engine that the browser uses).
    After that you start the new program ModecularShell on your Vita (it will be installed as a new bubble) and press the select button in the shell.
    Now you can use the shown IP/port in a FTP program as FileZilla to transfer .vpk files (that's the file extension for installer used by ModecularShell).
    Copy only to ux0: (and subfolders) that is your memorycard (or internal storage if you haven't inserted a memorycard and it's a Vita 2000/slim model).
    I made me a folder called henkakuUpload, maybe you want something like this too.
    Also it's good to know that all data from homebrew should be installed to ux0:/data/[folderCreatedByHomebrew] (some homebrew breaks with thos convention...)

    Games and homebrew are always provided as .vpk (or as source code).
    You have to install HENkaku everytime you reboot your Vita. Therefore I recommand to install the offlineInstaller (you can find a link to it here, feel free to go through the whole list of homebrew. It includes e.g. some nice emulators (there is also a PSX emulator not listed there yet as part of the RetroArch nigthlies)).

    If you need further explanation of one of this points feel free to ask.
    Personaly I recommand to logout from PSN (not unregister your Vita from the account, just logout) first, even if you can use the PSN (including the store) on 3.60 while HENkaku is installed atm (that's called PSN spoofing).

    It's important to know that HENkaku has to be installed to run games/homebrew you installed with a vpk (you can delete the vpk once you used it).

    Edit: If your Vita downloads a new version of HENkaku once you install it again after a reboot (there will be a progress bars as by the first installation) you should check out the changelog :)
    Last edited by VitaType, Sep 30, 2016
  3. kumikochan

    kumikochan GBAtemp Maniac

    Feb 4, 2015
    You can also use the offline installer so that you can boot Henkaku offline instead of relying on an internet connection all the time. If installed it boots through your email app.
    For vpk transfers, the easiest fastest way is using qmca renaming the VPK file to an mp4 and put it in your videos folder and then transfer it and rename it back to VPK when transferred succesfully
  4. naughtyotsel

    naughtyotsel GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 17, 2016
    It wont update without your permission, but it might download the update file, i forgot if you can disable automatic downloads, i think you can