Total_Noob announced yesterday that he started working on a HEN. Apparently he’s been in possession of a kernel exploit for a little while now, but started working on a HEN very recently.
According to Total_Noob, although this exploit still exists in Kernel 6.31, he’s currently working on it for 6.20, through the patapon2 exploit and with the help of HBL.
I usually don’t talk much about “upcoming releases” unless I’m 100% sure they are true. This time is a bit different, I’ve never been in direct contact with Total_Noob, but he is well known for being a member of the team GenyUs, the team behind the GEN Custom firmwares (By the way, this work is by Total_Noob himself, not as member of GenyUs, but as an independent developer), so he is definitely reliable.
The exploit seems fairly “flexible”, Total_Noob announced that it could work without HBL, but there is no reason for him to waste some user exploits he might have found (he hinted that he is in possession of a VSH user mode exploit as well). So for now, he’s focusing on making the HEN run as a homebrew with HBL on the 6.20 patapon exploit. OFW 6.30 and 6.31 are said to be more unstable, but there is no reason the HEN could not be adapted for these firmwares after a while. There are still a few user exploits in games or in VSH waiting the good moment to be revealed, and this could be it if the hot shots golf exploit is not enough. So, although this will probably be for 6.20 only in the beginning, there’s good hope for 6.30 and 6.31 owners as well.
Total_Noob said that this should in theory work on all models, including the pspGo (although this is apparently yet untested), and announced a release date of “november, maybe”. This is still work in progress, and these things take time, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it take much more than that. Davee initially announced 1 week of work for the chickHEN, which ended up taking more than a month. Conclusion: as usual, don’t hold your breath.
Ah, a quick additional note for piracy fans: there is no plan for enabling isos in this HEN, but no doubt that some people will work very hard to release iso loaders as soon as this HEN is released…
So, congrats to Total_Noob, and if you happen to read this, you might want to contact me regarding 6.30/6.31, I can probably provide some user exploits if you’re interested.