So where’s the next VHBL release for US users?
A while ago, when we announced VHBL for firmware 3.15 through the EU only exploit “Space Invaders Extreme”, I also said a US exploit would be made available soon. The exploit was being worked on by Acid_snake and qwikrazor87, both well known hackers of the Vita scene who have released many VHBL ports and exploits in the past.
I’ve discussed with them recently, and there’s good and bad news.
The bad news is that that “next” VHBL release for US users might not happen soon, if it happens at all. After additional tests, the devs have found that the exploit does not start properly on retail Vitas. Well, that’s the short summary, the truth is that they have ways to make the exploit run, but that would mean releasing a special port of VHBL which includes additional hacks we do not want to be patched right now (it would feel like a waste for a “mere” VHBL release). I of course can’t share much details on this, and I’m sure something else will come up eventually, but just not this time.
Now, the good news is that I’m hearing growing rumors of a PSP Kernel exploit making its way to our beloved Vitas, from the same hacking group (and this is also the reason they’re reluctant to “only” do a VHBL release). But don’t quote me on that. There’s still lots to be ironed out, and they haven’t promised to me anything about a release, it’s just one of the things being discussed right now. If and when a release will happen still remains to be clarified, so for now just take this piece of news for what it is: PSP Kernel exploits still exist within the PSP emulator on the Vita, and should let us enjoy Total_Noob’s TN-V on the latest firmwares eventually.