PS Vita Hacking FAQ and Information

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    PS Vita Hacking FAQ and Information

    Latest hackable firmware: 3.60
    Last updated: 15th April 2018

    Enabling Homebrew and Firmware Versions

    Can I hack my PS Vita?
    Yes. If you are on 3.60 or below, follow vita.cfw.guide to hack your PS Vita with HENkaku. You can install Vita homebrew and Vita backups, and run PSP homebrew and PSP games.

    Can I hack on firmwares above 3.60?

    You cannot run Vita homebrew or install HENkaku on 3.61 or above yet. On 3.61 and 3.63, you can run PSP homebrew and PSP games using ARK. Follow this guide on wololo.net to install ARK. On 3.65 to 3.68, you can install VHBL to use PSP homebrew. Use the same guide for ARK, but select VHBL when installing.

    When will I be able to run Vita homebrew on 3.61 or above?
    Vita hacker TheFloW has announced he will be releasing a HENkaku exploit for 3.68 and below in the next 1-2 years.

    Does this mean I can update to 3.68?
    No! Stay on the firmware you're on. The lower the firmware, the more exploitable it is.

    I found a site with a 3.61+ exploit running Vita homebrew!
    It's fake. There is no way to run Vita homebrew or install HENkaku on 3.61+ OFW for now.

    Can I downgrade my Vita?

    No. There is no way to downgrade the Vita. Any site that claims otherwise is lying. The only way to "downgrade" is to buy and replace the Vita's motherboard, or to buy a new Vita on 3.60.

    If I buy a brand new Vita, what firmware version will it come on?
    All new Vitas come on 3.60 or below, with the exception of the Japanese consoles.

    Homebrew

    All items in this section require HENkaku. None of these will work on 3.61+ OFW.

    How do I download homebrew on my Vita?
    Install the Vita Homebrew Browser.

    Can I use a microSD card as a memory card?
    Yes. Buy an SD2Vita board from eBay or Amazon and install the SD2Vita plugin using this guide.

    Can I use USB Mass Storage as a memory card?
    Yes, only with a PSTV. Install the USBMC driners using this guide.

    How do I play games which require 3.61+?
    If you use HENkaku, you must update to 3.65 CFW. You must follow this guide to do this.

    Can I run Vita backups?
    Yes. Install the NoNpDrm plugin and place NoNpDrm dumps into ux0:app. After that, refresh the database using VitaShell.

    Where can I get Vita/PSP backups?
    We are not allowed to post them here. Asking here will get you a warning from the staff. Just use Google.

    Can I run PSP homebrew and PSP backups with HENkaku?
    Yes. Install Adrenaline using this guide to use PSP homebrew and backups.

    Important Vita Update History

    3.60: Latest public HENkaku-able Firmware
    3.61: HENkaku web exploit patched
    3.63: HENkaku kernel exploit patched
    3.65: ARK ePSP CFW patched
    3.67: HENkaku Enso exploit patched
    3.68: Latest private HENkaku-able firmware

    Keywords

    HENkaku: A PS Vita Homebrew Enabler for firmware version 3.60 that allows you to run Vita homebrew.
    HENkaku Enso: Software that runs HENkaku on boot, instead of running it manually.
    ARK: An ePSP exploit that allow you to run PSP homebrew and PSP games on 3.63 and below.
    VHBL: An ePSP exploit that allows you to run PSP homebrew on all firmware versions.

    CFW: When HENkaku is installed (Custom Firmware)
    OFW: When HENkaku is not installed (Original Firmware)

    Useful Links

    vita.cfw.guide: Complete Vita Hacking Guide
    /r/vitahacks: Vita Hacking Reddit Community
    wololo.net: Reliable Vita News Source
    psxhax.com: Reliable Vita News Source
    littlebyte.co.uk: Reliable Vita News Source
     
    Last edited by Lia, Apr 15, 2018
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    1-2 years? You mean we might not get the exploit until 2020?

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    yes that is what 1-2 years means
     
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    NAND backups/restores? Unbricking? (Why tf did that try to autocorrect to I’m rocking ????)

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    Shameless self-promotion.
    There’ll be a vita.hacks.guide soon.
     
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    why would i put someone else's guide there though lul
    especially when i know that my one is complete and accurate
     
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    Sorry, it was a joke, but I guess it looks like I’m serious.
     
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