Clearing the confusion. VHBL, UVLoader and Kexploits

There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to mods lately, there’s a lot going on and it can be quite daunting trying to follow it all, especially if you’re new to the scene. I hope that by writing this we can keep the forum flooding to a minimum. let’s try to understand what these mods are and what they aim to do, if only to get a better perspective.

First we have the flagship mod of our wonderful site, VHBL. being sort of a community Developer project it combines the work of many talented people including: Neur0n, Wololo, m0skit0, JJS etc..
It’s main purpose is to run Homebrew applications on your PS Vita, in the PSP emulator on board the machine.
What it can do: Run certain homebrew applications such as Wagic, Doom, and a whole lot of emulators for various systems.
What it can not do: Run PSP ISO’s, Vita backups, Make you a cup of coffee while it brushes your teeth.
You can find various tutorials on how to install this program here http://wololo.net/vhbl/

Now let’s move on to UV Loader, Developer/Hacker YifanLu has apparently discovered a way to access User Mode on the PS Vita, Which is great news…..for the future.
He is currently seeking assistance from talented Developers, so if any are reading this head to his thread here http://wololo.net/talk/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=13841
What it will be able to do: Run Homebrew applications in the vita environment, using many more resources than the PSP Emulator on board the vita.
What it will not be able to do: Run backups of Vita games, install CFW or give you a magic bag of pixie dust that makes your mortal enemies cry at the sight of you.
all jokes aside, I would like to point out that it will NOT incorporate piracy. also, there is no release window as of yet so it could be a ways off from getting into our ready hands.

 

KXPLOITS PSP ISOZ OMG!!!!11!!

Some talented people in the scene have created what are called kernel Exploits, or, Kexploits for short. one example of this is Davee and his exploit that allows him to run Iso backups of PSP games(not Vita).
What it can do: Run PSP ISOs, Load almost any Homebrew written for PSP(in my understanding), and perhaps install CFW for the PSP emulator on the Ps Vita…that’s a mouthful.
Bottom line though,  None of these kxploits are being shared by the Devs who have created them, and for a few good reasons. One is that by one releasing this too early, all of them could be patched and that’s it. All their work down the drain. Two, piracy, people would no longer support the company in which we all want to see succeed lately. and three, they may just well not be ready for user based application just yet.
at the end of the day you have to see that these kexploits were shown to prove the concept, not to tease you or for devs to feel like elitists.

Some of this may be speculation on my part but it is from my own understanding of what’s happening in the scene right now.
I hope this gives a clearer line on where one mod begins and another ends and what they aim to do with said mods.

 

Saying all that i would like to add that our community is a very good one, and I have seen a lot of people benefit from the knowledge of it’s members. So remember, the next time you see some “N00b” post a question that seems obvious to you, try and be polite and as helpful as possible. If the same question has been posted before (recently) Kindly point it out to them.

This, In my opinion is what makes our forum one of the best in the scene. Everyone plays a role, Everyone pitches in.

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  1. psvita’s avatar

    only vita!

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  2. Mr Jack’s avatar

    Thanks wololo :)

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      This article is not by me :)

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      1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

        :D this will probably happen often…lol

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      2. zoraktorok’s avatar

        I’ve noticed this happens alot :->

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        1. Dalton_Corazon’s avatar

          Always..

          Readers didn’t notice the upper right corner after the title of this article. As always wololo is famous. ^_^

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      3. Chasez671’s avatar

        Maybe the author title should be bigger, or somewhere more noticeable?

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        1. wololo’s avatar

          yes, definitely, I need to tweak that

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  3. Some1’s avatar

    “One example of this is Davee and his exploit that allows him to run Iso backups of PSP games”

    I’d like to say, because everyone has been confusing it, Davee has *not* loaded any ISO backups of PSP games. Yes he can if he wanted to, but in the video that is an official PSN game, with the license, loaded from the PSP emu.

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    1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

      I said allows* Did not say does. but thank you for clarification, don’t want people thinking he is a pirate.

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  4. b7’s avatar

    I see what you mean, especially after reading the last section. But Isn’t it a given that exploits will eventually be patched? Dev’s like I know love challenges, so why not release, “get patched” and then further release. The circle of “coding” is the game for dev’s. It’s inevitable, might as well make better use of time before a patch is released for stopping a mod that is not even released…

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  5. Goran Konjikusic’s avatar

    Thanks,for all your hard work,following you since first HBL on 6.20…i’m from Serbia,still Vita is too much expensive for us but we have our share of PSP..and i just love my homebrew and emulators … much love and thanks for all Devs that work hard for giving us what we desiree..

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  6. Alex’s avatar

    This is the kind of scene I like to see. I’ve been around the scene since the very first psp release, and i have to say I’ve seen it go both ways. Honestly its guys like Wololo, and Neur0n and many others that make this all worth while. Not so much for the work they put out, which is greatly appreciated, but because of the attitude and willingness to help and treat noobs like myself with respect and dignity.

    Thank all of you for everything you do. Keep up the awesome work.

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  7. PlaystationVita’s avatar

    i wanna be hacked

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    1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

      We know you do, Baby :)

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  8. Azio’s avatar

    Hey wololo can we run iphone aplications on vita?If not plzz make some emulator for it.

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    1. iPhone’s avatar

      OMG, lolz ;D . Yeah, sure…

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    2. >_>’s avatar

      Get an iPhone. >_>

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  9. busterg’s avatar

    can you run 3ds games on vita or will 3ds ever be cracked

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    1. luigi’s avatar

      are you serious? the psp couldnt even support a normal nds emulator. this has to be the dumbest question ive ever saw on here.

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      1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

        3ds emulation will most likely never happen, not to mention Vita is not capable of stereoscopic #D images

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        1. AR’s avatar

          there is an option to close 3D as well on 3ds :))

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          1. AR’s avatar

            it can be emulated but fps will be 10 may be 5 :P

  10. PSPcfwDUDE’s avatar

    Ok what i want for the next revision of VHBL : Make me a coffee while it brushes my teeth :DDD

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  11. bigyobogyo’s avatar

    kinda unrelated, but could anyone explain to me why is it not possible to port an android to the Vita, providing there is an user mode exploit? With a very limited technical knowledge what I have, it doesn’t seem to be an impossible challenge, and I feel that it’s much more hindered by the lack of interest from the devs / limited access to the Uexploit (and maybe the monstrosity of the task), but I’d love to know if there is anything from the technical side what makes it impossible?

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    1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

      I think it is technically possible, Vita has an ARM processor(compatible)It’s more waiting for someone to care enough to do it. Also you will most likely lose the ability to play Vita software when such a hack occurs, Not to mention touchpad and other features.

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    2. Pat’s avatar

      I am not a hacker or coder or any thing super cool like that but I think this would require is admin or root what every you want to call it access to the kernel. Then you would need a boot loader to load the OS of choice and the last just format or partition the drive and install your OS.

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    3. kikershadow’s avatar

      pero como reinstalar OS VITA si no tenemos ningun OS vita que nos respalde todavia y acceder a la raiz de la memoria por ahora es imposible creo yo por lo tanto el instalador nunca reconoceria el hardware yo estoy interesado y creo que mas adelante podremos instalar android en nuestros dispositivos eso espero.

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    4. wololo’s avatar

      An os requires access to the drivers, we dont have that with a user mode exploit.

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  12. xoombie503’s avatar

    Come on wololo u don’t support piracy but put yourself in our position if you had 1000 umds and had to rebuy those games again,I’ve bought a few from psn but most are not there.the ones up are crap or just over rated by ppl.

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    1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

      I see this alot with the UMD debate, You bought those for a PSP. it is not Sony’s responsibility to make sure every console they release has to support the previous one. That being said it would have been nice to get the transfer program offered in japan. I do not like seeing so many people acting like spoilt brats because sony doesn’t cater to the PSP or PS1 as if it were this generation. They do what little they do because 1. it is a customer service and they want us happy(somewhat)
      and 2. because in the beginning of a consoles life there should be things to play on it so they make it BC to hold people over till more current software is available.
      it is a service. not perfect, but it doesn’t have to be

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      1. xoombie503’s avatar

        i agree with you that the main reason was to play vita games and not psp games but they promised that the vita would play all psp and ps1 games outta the box and look at where is at now.look at monster hunter freedom unite,how well it plays now because of the second analog stick,other example is rachet and clank and i have many other games i would like to try with the new control settings of the vita to be more enjoyable.

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        1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

          If your gripe is about all PSP games not being available on the PSN store(if they actually ever said that, I doubt it)then that’s fine, but you are saying you bought UMDs and when you bought those games, there was never a sticker on it that said “will always be compatible with Sony handhelds” really not trying to be a jerk, if you’re going to be a pirate, who cares. At least be honest about it and do not use buying original UMDs as a crutch, they still work perfectly fine on a PSP(non-GO)

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    2. wololo’s avatar

      I have nothing in favor or against piracy. I have always made it clear that I think it is a matter of personal responsibility.

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  13. drake’s avatar

    There are a few main games I want. Star Ocean 1 and 2, and Valkyrie Profile. Crisis Core, maybe. The fact that these games are absolutely NOT available on the Vita should be embarrassing to Sony.

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  14. VoDkA Vi’s avatar

    perfect post…everything any1 needs to know…just cant wait for those kernel exploits ^_^

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  15. VoDkA Vi’s avatar

    and about the piracy thing….sometimes it’s not because people are being cheap or want to support pirating…for instance right now I want to play Parasite Eve on my vita..it’s not on the PSN for me to buy so if it was possible I would just put it on there through a mod

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  16. SebasTorron’s avatar

    Hey, i didnt get this: “people would no longer support the company in which we all want to see succeed lately”.

    like, i dont get the problem of hacking the PSP Emulator. Please explain me :)

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    1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

      If people were able to just pirate PSP games right now, no one would buy any off of the PS store. Not to say I am against those exploits. they will definitely open doors.

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  17. PlayStation Vita’s avatar

    PLEASE PLEASE!!

    HACK ME HARD!!!

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  18. PlayStation Vita’s avatar

    SONY is updating me tonight with the firmware version 1.81!!!

    NNOOOOOOOOOOOo0ooO0o0o0o0oo0!!!!

    I STILL WANT TO GET HACKED HARD!!!!

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  19. Arashi no yoru ni’s avatar

    This is awesome can’t wait for this to happen. I’m gonna fill my PS Vita with piracy games. lol

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  20. Asdfjuma’s avatar

    Some of your articles have been getting really good lately Wololo!

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    1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

      *facepalm*

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      1. Asdfjuma’s avatar

        Your aren’t bad either. Should run them through word or something before posting though. You have a lowercase I in your second to last paragraph.

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        1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

          Didn’t catch that.

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  21. Knicknock’s avatar

    “at the end of the day you have to see that these kexploits were shown to prove the concept, not to tease you or for devs to feel like elitists.”

    Why would these Dev’s feel the urge to post such video’s just to proove the concept without teasing? Of course it’s a tease.
    You don’t see Wololo posting PSP ISO’s running on the Vita just to proove it can be done, even though I have no doubt he has the skills to do so or he probably knows already but he has no interest in the “look what I can do but I’m not saying” attitude.

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    1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

      I am also sure there are others with hacks similar, the ones so far that have come forward I believe did so to show that VHBL would not be the only option ever. There may be a couple people who posted to just say “haha I have it” but I do not believe that was the aim of the bigger devs.

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  22. Need2Fap’s avatar

    I want to play Japanese PSP games on my Vita, but the Vita cant use UMDs.
    Either, I need an ISO loader or I need a way to switch between accounts which doesn’t require me to format everything… I just don’t know why Sony never incorporated this feature to start with, it’s like they purposely want people to pirate games.

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  23. Mr Jack’s avatar

    I could see 3DS coming to the Vita at some point but I would think it would have to be through the actual Vita side rather than the PSP side. Of course removing the 3D effect from the games but still possible. I mean they already tried with DS games which worked although it was slow. It was still a jump forward on the psp.

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  24. sharlock’s avatar

    I think the vita should be hacked a allow people to pirate games all over the place ,that way more people will buy it , i think this could be the reason why the Monster Hunter game is not removed (or is it now ,i didnt check),more sales should lead some developers to become interested in the vita and develop more games for it

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    1. Need2Fap’s avatar

      What makes a console successful is games sales, not hardware sales. It means nothing if the console sales well and has no game!
      Pirating games only leads to people not buying games, hence less money for develops and eventually they will stop supporting the hardware. Piracy doesn’t lead to sales and interest by develops, on the contrary, why would anyone support a console which allows anyone to pirate a game instead of buying it?
      The games industry like any other business is a about making money, piracy lowers sales, how can such act be beneficial to a business if it does exactly the contrary of what the business wants?
      Yeah, I’ll open a store and let everyone steal from it, that will increase sales by attracting more customers…

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  25. James Way’s avatar

    I just hope no ISO loaders. I get using ROMS for old a$$ games that are no longer in circulation, ie snes, amiga, genesis, etc.. but for vita or psp games still being sold, the only description fitting for such act is theft. For legit reasons, I get it, eg I had chrono soft but got scratched up beyond use, so I got a bootleg version for the ps1 10 years ago. I’d hate to see the vita no longer receive games, solely because hackers/devs chose to make a buck out off someone else’s hard work, True blue i’m looking at you. I know the vita game prices are high and the variety is low, but piracy will only make it worse.

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  26. YES!’s avatar

    Thanks Darkanubis :)

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    1. Darkanubis74’s avatar

      Very Welcome

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  27. ·§oul×·’s avatar

    I hope at some point the vita can be hacked to run custom apps/themes for cool things like better browsers/file browsing directory of vita memory card etc. would be so awesome to have :D until then, enjoying this device the way sony wants the experience to be like. :)

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  28. applesauce’s avatar

    Who wants an iPhone on a Vita? Hahaha. You will need to go through custom kernel then bootloader then the port of the OS and all that only to go cage yourself again with Apple. Android on the other hand would be different in my opinion but that is what cell phones are for anymore. For now I would be happy if my console only did what it was made to do. Then some!!! ;)

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