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The market value of console hacks


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48 Responses

  1. solala

    sounds more like a cheap excuse to rather do nothing, than simple have fun at hacking and understanding a device.

    youth nowadays…

    • wololo

      Can you clarify where the “cheap excuse” is? (edit: or maybe you’re talking of the previous article. Have you actually read it? I believe I made a few good points!) I’m not saying people shouldn’t try to hack, I’m just explaining how much money lies behind the shady business of modchips.

      Also not sure who you categorize in “youth”, I personally am getting further away from half the progress bar of life every day…

      • Slackr

        So what is the full progress bar of life? 60? 70?
        Getting pass the half mark means you’re officially dying =( What a depressing world.

        • MarSprite

          Negative. You start dying the day you are conceived. Besides which, everybody knows progress bars are a visual percentile, the half point is 50%.

          • solala

            you clearly did a good work in keeping calm and answering my harsh statement with clear words.

            It was more of a test to see what kind of a person “a hacker” is.

            And you are absoulutely right about the complex aspect which hacking brings with itself.

            Yet there is always that revolutionary thought, that there is this one idea, this one theroy, that might lead in solving these “hardcore” devices without a huge amount of money. BUt that doesnt seem to be the case right now

          • HippyHerpes

            I’m just gonna say this Wololo isn’t a hacker just a damn sponsor nothing more. Lol

          • wololo

            @hippyherpes I like to believe I used to be one of the ok psp hackers. Not one of the great ones, but a hacker nonetheless. Life has decided that I dont have the time to spend on it anymore, but it doesn’t mean I dont know what I am talking about. Remind me which projects of the vita scene you worked on?

            As far as the “sponsor” part goes, I am proud to have donated for pretty much every vhbl or ecfw out so far, despite not necessarily using all of these. So yeah, I guess in a way I am a sponsor.

          • >_>

            LOL you got owned herpes! XDDDD

            Wololo, thanks for your contributions to the scene, in whatever form they’ve been in. 🙂

      • Cheesethief

        I think what he meant was more that hacking is heading away from being a hobby and more towards being a business all about the money.

        Perhaps it is that security is getting stronger, but when an item, such as TrueBlue uses free scene hacks with a few mods, it just seems to be a way to milk the consumer of their cash.

      • pleaseclap

        psvitaturkiye com/forum/vita-half-byte-loade­r/2-05-vhbl-cikti/

        I think we have an exploit

        Please delete after reading

  2. cesa


  3. I feel bad for you

    Wololo, you write so many awesome articles.
    Whenever i visit this site, i read all your articles first and then any other if they seem interesting. But most of the people visiting this site are not even interested in them. They probably don’t even read them completely, and as you can see from the comments section of any post by you, >90% of the comments are nonsense or spam or trolls or ‘screw this i want the exploit’.
    I don’t even have a vita (have a psp though :D) and i still visit your blog for all your interesting articles. But i feel bad that most of the people reading this don’t even understand it.

    • TheFlyingDutchman

      I beg to differ. I read every single word from all the blog post here! Although sometimes I’m not very familiar with technical terms (or some sentences as English is not my native language), I still find it very interesting to get to know more about them! =)

      Hate to admit it, I’m also looking forward to see new exploits, but the blog posts here at least keep me entertain for now. =D

      • You are an exception

        Just look at the comments before and after mine.
        And so many jerks just writing random *** just because the comments section is not moderated.

  4. CursedOblivion

    Yet again Wololo and his buddies are stalling by making these worthless posts.

    Release the damn exploit already.

    • no

      No. There will be no exploit. There will be tears.

      Let the tears flow. Begin.

      • >_>

        Cursed tears of hopelessness, coming from that oblivious boy crying in a corner. XDDDD

        • no

          Why the “XDDDD”? Idiot.

          Yeah, you think I’m crying? For what reason? I am the one that’s complaining about no hacks being released because the developers are “greedy”? These kids are the ones crying.

          Wololo, you should put an age restriction on this site. Some of these kids are f*cking stupid. Wow.

          • >_>

            LOL I was agreeing with you, f**knuts. Seems Wololo needs to put a minimum IQ/comprehension level to use this site in place too. What a ***. XDDDDD

          • no

            If they put a “minimum IQ/comprehension level test” on this site, you’d never be able to access it ever again.

            Just look at how you end your posts. “XDDDDD” makes you seem extremely stupid. Anyone who reads your previous posts will know how illiterate you are.


          • >_>

            So going a little overboard with emoticons makes me illiterate? LOL! Whatever dude. I’m done trolling you, have a nice day. 😀

  5. Dave (CodeLion)

    Maybe the hackers are going about this the wrong way? I don’t have very much experience in the console hacking world but I was involved a while back with the Wii and I know a good bit about reverse engineering and such.
    If I was handed a mysterious, functioning piece of technology and told to figure out how it worked and how we could utilize it, the first thing I would do would be open it up and investigate the hardware. Extract each recognizable memory chip, dump them. Anything I didn’t recognize I would begin to track down and figure out who makes and and what it does.
    I would think that ought to get enough information to begin searching for usable exploits.

    I expect someone has already done this, but if not, maybe someone will get some inspiration from my thoughts.


  6. ano

    if 5 million devices will be sold, say 4 million are used only 1 million will pirate them if anyone has done an exploit with user name and password and is required only ridiculously priced $ 1 and all would get 1 million,
    I would pay for a hack that works 30-40 dollars if a can updated whenever i whant ,
    sorry for my English, I use google translation

  7. jlo138

    I wonder how much Datel has made.

  8. Frank

    You mean more like doing a device like the Supercard was made for Nintendo DS for playing roms. Not donations. Makert for building a device for Vita that could load up iso and homebrews like they did with DS and i believe 3DS.

  9. konamigood

    Sounds like that Vita is not a good target just because the market is too small.

    It’s so ironic that PSP became a popular console in China after piracy appeared. It not so difficult for people in China (even in Taiwan,BTW I live in Taiwan) to afford a console. They feel, however, the game is to expensive.

    This phenomenon also apply to iOS side. They are wIlling to but a Phone about 600USD, but don’t want to pay 1USD for app.

    • no

      Sony needs to expand their targeted audience. The games are too expensive? I wonder how any of you guys afford PS3 or XBOX games these days when your complaining about the Vita’s game prices…

      • >_>

        Guess you don’t keep track of the economy, eh sonny boy? >_> Maybe you should just mind your own damn business. XDDDD

        • no

          Keep track of the economy? How there is a depression?

          So people are poor, and are going out to buy PS3, 360, Wii and games for it. Then they go and buy handhelds like 3DS, VITA, etc and then complain about how there is a depression and everything is too expensive?

          B*tch, please. If you can’t afford all of that sh*t in the f!rst place, why are you buying it?

          You should mind what you say in your posts, because it makes you seem very, very dumb.

  10. msr

    do you think someone could make a hack with this

  11. Apoyo a Dark alex

    La scene de la psp perdio un gran colaborador que era dar alex, a el no le importaba el dinero, no le importaba la fama y mucho menos era egoista, personas como el son necesarias para la scene de psvita, tanta gente egoista y miserable con la desgracia del mundo.

  12. svenn

    Its not all that bad; There are a gazzillion games out there that all get hacked on release day or 2 weeks later. They get spyware and other nasty bugs with them, but people still download and install them. If a large amount of vita players would browse (/get a decent browser) then I’m not sure vita would remain a niche it is today.

    Its a nice article however, justifies a donation button. Though i’m more a fan of pay-what you want principle. Cause i’m a cheap *** … while I buy every humble bundle for 10$. If its free I don’t attach a value to it, if you have to give something you start value the amount of work and the true value of code/programs.

  13. decius

    He’s saying he wants a donate button beside the download link to his ported 2.05 vhbl… right? for those of us stuck on 2.05 for ever 😉 since the release of update 2.06….

  14. TheTokBokz

    new system update for vita but no warnings for release!?

    • pirate city

      pirate city, b*tch, pirate pirate city, b*tch
      10, 10, 10, 20 dollars? that’s silly b*tch
      100 dollars in my hand? yea fu*k this.
      i’m so cheap, Sony don’t know who they f*cking with.

  15. Spite


    What do you think the vita homebrew scene can do for Vita sales?

    Given that the Vita is now selling better in Japan and with the PS4 coming out, They look to make profits well into the billions.
    Taking into account that most exploits are CEFW.

    And if you may address something that has been on my mind;

    How can the scene support itself without a true sense of purpose?

  16. Nickolas

    Apparently, the “evad3rs” team was paid 1 million dollars to include TaiG, a Chinese APT front-end in their jailbreak…

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