Preview: Upcoming PS Vita Half Byte Loader for Firmware 3.18

The Zett

I am usually located at the end of the Alphabet.

82 Responses

  1. Sam says:

    Very nice! Any reason why regional availability isn’t announced yet?

  2. ZETTAI says:

    is this Release good for a following TN-V?
    want to keep loading also iso …

    • Justin says:

      Especially when the last leak release was 20 bucks

      • Nixploit1001 says:

        Not to backfire but the price of a game does not matter. You shouldn’t by the game for VHBL itself (although most people do), Z.H.P. works fine on JP games but not on EU US games. I would get a new PSV Memory Stick and create a JP account on that and buy all my exploit games on that. Just a word of advice 🙂

    • mlc says:

      There will almost surely be an exploit released whenever TN-V is next ported. This particular game will likely also be compatible with TN-V, but not until whenever the next TN-V release is. So the answer is: No, this exploit won’t let you use TN-V, until someone possibly ports TN-V after some future exploit (and kernel exploit) release. This is a VHBL (usermode exploit) release, not a PSP kernel exploit/TN-V release.

      • JCK07115 says:

        Correctly stated. But if you check this chat,, you will notice that all the games that were initially released as having only usermode privileges have been further exploited to provide PSP kernel access (which enables us to use the PSP-CEFs, TN-V and ARK). So hopefully (soon), a kexploit will be triggered from this usermode exploit…hopefully (soon). This is so exciting lol \o/ :/

  3. ExtremeRyno says:

    Can’t wait for the ninja notification to show up for me…I’ve primed my account with funds and am ready to rock!

  4. Dero says:

    3 years, it’s been 3 years of wololo and the gang putting sony on edge by making sony’s own product better.. They never stop amazing me. Great job guys.

  5. Quetz says:

    Can’t waitttttt 😀 😀

  6. Quetz says:

    Dear Z, i can see you have pretty appealing files on your ms0 😀 😀 one especially

  7. Maverick81PL says:

    On this new Half Byte Loader we can play games from PSP (ISO files)? Or this is only for Homebrew?

    • The Z says:

      Read the f#cking video description, google what the (V)HBL can run or simply never visit this website again.

      • Rzy says:

        Well that escalated quickly…

        • The Z says:

          Do we really have to type in EVERY SINGLE NEWS that the VHBL can NOT play ISOs/CSOs/PS1, and that this will NEVER change?

          It was included everywhere else, except for the main article, and people are still asking…

          People nowadays are just lazy f#cks and mentally ***.

          • Agreed 100% Z. It’s pathetic that they still constantly ask if they can play ISOs and PS1. Come on!!! I see it on almost every post about a VHBL. Whether it be on twitter or here in the comments or on the forum. It’s pathetic. If you would just freaking read even the tiniest bit you will answer your own question but being *** isn’t fixable is it?

    • Ricky D says:

      Homebrew/Emulators only for now. After the next Kernel exploit the ISO loading has always been ported in the past and probably will with this one too

  8. ErnieBall says:

    can you go to LiveArea screen / use standby and return without the VHBL crashing?

  9. Blablabla says:

    So I registered in your Forums.
    Is this the only thing I got to do to get the Ninja Realease ???

  10. eirurainon says:

    thanks for keeping us informed Wololo, appreciate everything this community is doing and I hope I can contribute myself one day.

  11. GrowingTrees says:

    Hello everyone
    i’m new here at this board
    and i’m very excited 🙂

  12. D1360_Z1k4 says:

    May this xploit run eCFW in the future?

  13. rus25 says:

    Can this exploit run Vita Ftp also like skate park city exploit?

  14. rus25 says:

    or in other words is this new 3.18 exploit better as the Skate park city exploit?

    • D1360_Z1k4 says:

      Yes, so much better than any VHBL release in one year (dev´s words)…
      From what I read, you´ll need no more close xploited game to run another homebrew!

  15. arikad0 says:

    Awesome! This is just perfect – the only emulators I want to run work it. Can’t wait~ (*´▽`*)

  16. john says:

    I hope they also release the vhbl and not the tn-v only, because I don’t care about XMB and especially if I only want to run e.g. Wagic or GPSP. Going through the xmb menu in order to find the homebrew app and the booting time is a pain in the ***. Or a re-release of the TN-c menu but then for the newer fws and exploits, but for some reason only the TN-V is updated.

    • The Z says:

      TN-V is superior to TN-C.

      You can use the eCFW version of the 138Menu to boot ISOs, CSOs, Homebrews, Emulators and PS1 stuff, if you really want to know.

      Of course also if you have access to a kernel mode exploit.

  17. dragng8 says:

    That’s good to hear. Thanks The Z. Oh and if your new to this, DONT LEAK THE NAME OF THE GAME! It ruins it for everybody in the long run.

  18. Aymeric says:

    I think i going to miss the ninja release 🙁

    Ninja release can be see one hour, one day or one minutte on the forum ?

  19. Buzzcut says:

    I hope this isn’t released when I’m on my trip next week. I’ll have no wifi the whole time :/

  20. Link2sai says:

    After months of extensive reading and researching, I think am ready for this one

  21. L.Lawilet says:

    I do not know if compatibility is better than Z.H.P!

  22. Anon says:

    It’s probably too late already, but if this exploit is indeed so awesome, maybe it’s better to wait for the next Vita firmware and release it then instead? PS4 OFW v2.00 is supposed to come out pretty soon and there are rumors that Vita will simultaneously receive OFW 3.20 (or so).
    Smealum delayed his release because of the announcement of a new 3DS too.

    • The Z says:

      We will think about it.

      But keep in mind that there is always the chance of Sony randomly fixing exploit games, like the Skate park City one.

      • Anon says:

        The chance of it being fixed in the next FW is 100% though. Meanwhile only users on 3.18 can download exploit in question at the moment (not the owners of 3.15 anymore), while both 3.18 and [3.20] users will be able to download it on the release of the next FW, at least within a week or so.
        I’d say that releasing this (presumably the best so far) exploit will be more useful if it’s made soon after the release of the next firmware.

        • JCK07115 says:

          You sad the chances of the exploit being fixed in the next OFW is 100%. If that is the case, why would they release it on said firmware, it it would have been patched. If Sony patches exploits randomly and intentionally, why would it be better to release the game on the next firmware, that would fix the exploit randomly (before it is ever announced publicly) or intentionally (when it is announced publicly and Sony aims to fix it)?

          In my opinion, which you also have, the exploit should be released on this firmware; it’s very stable and we are sure that it works. It would be a shocker if it didn’t work on the next FW because Sony randomly fixed it!

          • JCK07115 says:

            Unless you meant the chances of it being fixed after it has been announced publicly, which would differ from the chances of it being fixed before it has even been announced; you need to be specific when dealing with things like this :/.

            So there are two fixes, random and intentional. Hey, I just made some jargon!

          • Anon says:

            Well, I was talking to Z, so the context should be taken into consideration.
            If the game is revealed BEFORE the release of next FW, Sony WILL fix it.
            If the game is revealed AFTER the release of next FW, Sony may or may not fix it.
            Regardless, there’s some time frame (a week or two) for users on “previous” FW to download games off of PSN even though PSN itself always requires “latest” FW for full access. So there’s nothing to lose by announcing the game soon after the imminent release of the next FW: 3.18 users will be able to download the game either way, while [3.20] users will only be able to use the exploit only if itsn’t patched.

        • JCK07115 says:

          Well, I wasn’t aware of the “one/two -week” time frame access to the PSN Store for users at a lower firmware before Sony disallows them to access the PS Store, and it would be nice if someone else confirmed this. If that is the case, it might be reasonable to do so. But if there is no time frame that allows users that aren’t on the latest firmware to download content from PS Store, and it turns out that the game was randomly fixed by Sony’s most recent update, then that would suck.
          Your suggestion is a long shot but the possibility cannot be entirely ruled out but I still feel that the exploit should be released at this firmware. Either way, we will always find a new exploit so if things go your way and fail, it’s whatever; patience is a virtue. If things go your way and succeed, latest OFW with VHBL (and eventually kernel access), then that would be awesome. Let’s agree to disagree lol 😉

          • Anon says:

            See video in “New Exploit game for Firmware 3.15 – Tutorial for downloading it included!” blog post announcing Skate Park City for the proof.
            As for the simultaneous PS4+PSV firmware update, someone on forums said this recently (and there’s also Wikipedia article for PS4 firmwares); unfortunately, I don’t remember much about it other than he was trustworthy, but I’m sure that Z knows what I’m talking about.

          • JCK07115 says:

            I saw that video already; using the download queue to stack up games that will be downloaded upon starting up one’s Vita. You are right but even The Z said in the video that this vulnerability might be patched on future updates (5:21 – 5:45 of the video).

        • JCK07115 says:

          Also, what if there is no “imminent” update, although as you said there might be a simultaneous update between the PS4 and Vita, but what if there isn’t. Then, 3.18 could be regarded as the most up-to-date OFW and we could have the exploit. Lots of probabilities here lol

  23. Ernest says:

    Awesome work guys, (hand claps) keep up the good work 🙂 and for all the people who keep asking when what where why, have some damn patience.. it’s not like you pay these guys..all it does is get on their nerves. They will release it when it’s time.

  24. Ernest says:

    @Anon I’m sure they think those things through very well, they keep something up the sleeve for things like that 😉 They’ve been doing this for a long time they know what to look out for I’m sure.

  25. D1360_Z1k4 says:

    Dude, I’m afraid of losing the ninja release… My doubt is:
    I’ll have to go to a specific topic, such as Games; Homebrews; General … or I’ll see it on any topic that I’m reading?

  26. warning psvita says:

    Nintendo anounced new Nintendo 3ds XL hardware, maybe for the merry christmas sales.

  27. nina says:

    i’m new to the PS VITA hacking scene. I’ve been registered here for a couple weeks (since I bought my Vita a couple weeks ago). My question is, how does one prepare for the exploit/hack? I’m given to understand there is a very short (2 day?) window of opportunity to get this. I understand we gotta buy the game..but then what happens after that? What files go on the VITA for the exploit to launch? And where do we find that information?

    thanks for your time. Looking forward to this release.

    • Conjo says:

      In order,first there’s the Ninja release: Everyone in the forum will eventually be able to know what game it’s the exploited one before it goes public (public=posted here in the blog).
      Then its name is posted here in the blog, usually on saturday/friday (depends on where do you live and hour differences) sony doesn’t usually remove exploitable games from PS Store on weekends, so it will probably be removed on monday, sometimes it’s even on thursday. You’ll have around 48 hours to buy the game from the PS Store when the name of the game gets posted here.
      The files of the game are released later, so you’ll have the game sitting on your vita for a while without exploit(VHBL) files, but they will get released here, on the blog.

      I would recommend you to check the site every day or so…
      If you have questions about how Ninja releases works:

      • nina says:

        thank you CONJO, I’ve been checking this blog every day since I joined a couple weeks ago, trying to learn as much as I can about what to do. You were very helpful.

  28. 11770 says:

    no i have yet to see a ninja release, but from what i read on that link it appears in the same type of box as the “random homebrew” thing?

      • D1360_Z1k4 says:


      • Amiga Forever says:

        Hey wololo. Does it matter what firmware your vita is currently on? Sony seems to force updates in order to access the psn network . I mean, there’s no custom firmware in sight. Best just update to 3.18 and wait for the grand announcement? Cheers..

        • JCK07115 says:

          Well, in The Z’s video, he showed that his Vita was on OFW 3.18, which means the exploit works on 3.18 and below (but lower firmwares can’t access the PS Store, so let’s just say it works on 3.18). Also, the name of the game is released before Sony learns about the exploit, so there is usually ample time to download the game from the Store before Sony decides to patch the exploit by releasing an update, in the form of a new OFW version.

        • Anon says:

          You must have Vita on firmware 3.18 or PS3 with access to PSN (latest OFW or CFW with spoofer will work) to download the game before Sony pulls it from the store.
          Once it’s downloaded to PS3′ HDD or Vita’s memcard, you can transfer it to another Vita on older FW as long as it stays “signed in” on the same PSN account that was used to download the game.

  29. noobmaster says:

    I hace a cuestion, can i backup the exploit with cma ? Or i need opencma?

    • Conjo says:

      Being on the latest firmware means that you can use CMA, but if you want to keep the exploit on 3.18 when a new firmware is released and want to transfer something you’ll need to use OpenCMA or QCMA

      • JCK07115 says:

        Thanks for helping people out here, really. I see so many noobs lol but it’s great to see people like you, RickyD, ss4gogeta069 helping others. It’s JCKO7115 \o/

  30. noobmaster says:

    Ok, ty. I think i will use OpenCma for this exploit 🙂

  31. Buzzcut says:

    Wololo, if possible, please don’t release the exploit game on the first weekend of next month. I will be gone then and won’t have any wifi. 🙁 I know you probably wouldn’t postpone the release for one person, but if you did, it would be awesome. 🙂

  32. Blablabla says:

    Since this is Sunday noon here in Europe and the name of the game still doesn’t have been revelead :

    Can we consider this won’t happen this Week-End and it will be more likely the next week end ?

  33. Circuit.dll says:

    I’m pretty sure they’ll either do it last minute on Monday, have the ninja releases going during the week, and finish it off with a public post on the weekend.

  34. cristian11 says:

    someone help me how can I register to know when this game goes and how to release the psp

  35. Patches says:

    Is the week of the ninja upon us ill be waiting for sum Kung fu lol

  36. Shikhar says:

    Mr Wololo and Mr Z , the best possible solution to supress this jibber jabber would be to make the REGION/REGIONS in which this exploitable game is available.

    Doing this would –

    1. Enable all the interested parties to switch to the desired PSN Account before OFW 3.20 launch
    2. Reduce tension of missing the download for the exploitable game to some extent.
    3. Even if Sony pushes OFW 3.20 before your game release, people might still be able to download the game via queing method if they are on the required PSN account.

    If the region availability for the game is restricted and Sony pushes the OFW 3.20 before your game release, a lot of people would not be able to download the game as switching to another PSN account requires signing in which in turn would not possible without updating to OFW 3.20 .
    OFC , if the game is still usable with 3.20 , then there won’t be any issues whatsoever.

    But I believe , declaring game’s region availability would greatly benefit the maximum number of community members.

    Please correct me , if I am wrong or have missed out any valid point.


  37. Zach says:

    So is this release coming soon? There is yet another Vita firmware update coming, and I’d like to hear the exploit game before then, unlike last time.

  38. Sam says:

    Got my account loaded with $20! Hope that will cover it, if not I’ll figure something out 😀

  39. dirtabd says:

    I have been out of the loop for awhile as I lost my PSV, so I got a used one of CL and I’m ready for some Home brews & emus. Thank you for your continuing work on exploits wololo supporters, can’t wait for the next N.R.