Statement: The PS Vita firmware 3.52 exploit games – World of Pool & PoolHall Pro
In the last weeks we – well I – have to you that the following games can be used to exploit the Playstation Vita firmware 3.52.
The games I am talking about are of course PoolHall Pro & World of Pool. But are these games really exploitable, or was it just a hoax?
Before I am going to explain, please let me remind you that these games promised you access to the PS Vita Half Byte Loader, usually shortened to VHBL, and thats it.
No one ever said something about TN-V, TN-X, a kernel exploit or anything else. Just so that you know what you had to expect.
The next thing is something, that I think is a thing that should not happen, regardless of those games being exploitable or not: Publicly shaming a guest blogger for properly doing his job (more about this at the end).
I am writing articles on Wololo’s Blog because I want to write them. I want to help old Wololo a bit, so he doesn’t have to cover every single topic by himself.
Usually you have to provide a trustworty source, and we consider Hackinformer’s website to be trustworthy, before good old Wololo publicises the article of his guest bloggers.
This is what happened here as well. Over at Hackinformer’s it was noted that the Pool games – World of Pool & PoolHall Pro – are exploitable on the currently most recent Playstation Vita system software: Version 3.52.
Due to lack of additional information (how to exploit them, when we get the savedata files, how well said VHBL can run Homebrews, etc.) no further blogpost was published, we pretty much told you that “we’re going to inform you, when we have additional information to share”.
Some people thought that we have f***ed up, and told you a lie. So pretty much told you to get a game, which in the end might not be exploitable at all, therefore wasting some cash of your precious PSN wallet. This is of course not true.
We have only told you, what our trustworthy source has told you as well, even a few days before we shared the information with you, and that’s it. Our source said the games are exploitable, we trust our source, and therefore we informed you that according to our source – this was explicitly stated – those games seem to be exploit games.
We have also told you in the past that you should only buy the games, if you really want to own these games. Consider the ability to exploit said game as a bonus. Do not buy the game if you just want to exploit it, since it can always happen that something won’t work as intended.
Back to the shaming thing. A few people, I assume it was the very same person – so I only have to imagine that there is one weirdo out there, have messaged me on our forums, via Twitter and even via Reddit, that I am a bad human person, that I am a c**t, should kill myself for lieing to you about these very important and life changing exploit games, that apparently it was just a lie to get views for my blog articles (and even more bulls**t was said).
I don’t know what is wrong with these people, but do you seriously threaten other people on the internet for a stupid 5$ PSN game? Seriously? Even if it the games would not be exploitable, we would apologise to you, would tell you that the next time we will be more careful and won’t write blogposts about un-confirmed (semi-confirmed, etc) exploit titles. No reason to lose your cool about this.
— Freakler (@freakler94) 21. August 2015
In the end, if you are still uncertain about these exploit games, don’t worry. Freakler is going to write his very own statement, representing the Hackinformer side of this problem, later today. He also assured me that this whole thing was not just a big fat hoax.
Edit: Freakler’s statement is now available. Some people didn’t get the message yet, so here is it once again:
The games are definitely exploitable, don’t worry!