Just recently developer SKFU has made progress on what could be a native hack of the Vita, giving us our first visual glimpse!
It seems hacking progress is regularly attempted outside of the PSPemu (which is the typical eCFW and VHBL) by SKFU. Awhile back you may remember our reporting on news that the developer SKFU was able to get a developer PsVita and had slowly started to peal back the veil of his own Vita exploit by releasing common app paths in the Vitas filesystem.
Now, SKFU has revealed a picture of what could be a native Vita exploit, confirming that he has made progress with that Dev unit. SKFU posted the picture below and playfully teasing us by saying “VHBL is not the only thing working on 2.02 :-P”
It seems that if this photo is correct, SKFU has been able to do a very in depth analysis (something we saw with his reveal of the Vitas common app eboot paths) of the Vita and has made some progress in his investigations. What’s shown in the picture is a custom icon and naming of said application.
But don’t get too excited yet. Showing icons of homebrews in the XMB has always been possible on the PSP, it didn’t mean the PSP would accept to run them if they weren’t signed. The PS Vita however is known to prevent you from even copying homebrews to the memory stick, so SKFU has at least figured out how to do that… or is this just a feature of the dev units?
This could be a false lead, but as of now this is the only known one outside the pspemu, besides Yifanlu’s UVL. This is likely to be a huge and developing story so stay tuned for more information, we’ll try to reach out to SKFU for more details on this.