How to: VHBL on PS Vita for unhackable firmware
Important Update: With the release of the HENkaku hack, you can now easily install VHBL yourself on a PS Vita firmware 3.60, without following the guide below. The guide below however, works for people who are now on firmware 3.61 or above.
Note: The following post was initially published by user xy2_ on GBATemp. We reproduce it below with the author’s permission, to spread the word.
So apparently this isn’t common knowledge and quite a lot people are still getting frauded by some of these “VHBL ON LATEST FIRMWARE!!” people without knowing how to do it. [Note from wololo: see our article on that topic here]
In particular, instead of contributing to useful efforts to advance the vita scene (shoutouts to #vitasdk on freenode) these specific people have for their interest instead to sell methods that are known by the experienced vita hackers, but not known by many end users, for the sole objective of profit; basically abusing obscurity. As someone who is currently trying to contribute to the Vita via documentation, this is a little unacceptable for me. Some examples would be HackInformer (the most known) and F3bruary, and I’m pretty sure some other people will do this as well as time passes.
So without further ado, here are three methods to install VHBL on latest firmware. They ALL require a person with a hackable Vita to do the work for you beforehand. If you don’t have anyone, read the end of this post. For the VHBL bubble, use Ape Escape demo as a basegame.
PS Vita 3.61 VHBL through Account sharing
Requires your PSN login creds: the quickest but most unsafe option. The exploitable Vita makes a VHBL bubble via the method of their choice, makes a CM backup, and sends it to the latest firmware Vita.
Pros: easiest and fastest method.
Cons: requires psn login.
PS Vita 3.61 VHBL with Backup hacking
Requires a backup and physical access to the latest firmware Vita. The hackable Vita owner gets a backup from the latest firmware Vita, follows http://gbatemp.net/threads/coldswap-run-fully-unencrypted-playable-games-without-owning-them.427511/ to hack the backup, then gets the VHBL bubble to make a CM backup of the bubble and send it to the latest firmware vita.
Pros: does not require giving account or swapping it.
Cons: hardest method for hacker, requires physical access to the PS3 to activate (as act.dat, the file to activate a Vita, is console unique).
PS Vita 3.61 VHBL: Account swapping
The hackable firmware Vita creates a new account, creates the VHBL bubble there, then sends a CM backup of the bubble to the latest firmware VIta. The latest firmware Vita either formats his vita or get a separate memory card for the new account and transfers the CM backup.
Pros: does not require end user input from the latest firmware vita.
Cons: have to switch accounts, memory cards aren’t cheap.
For those who have no friends with a Vita: I am unfortunately not able to offer accounts anymore, due to lack of access to a PS3 for a long time. Sorry
Note: I do **not** recommend giving away your PSN login creds unless you have absolute trust in the other party!
Source: xy2_ on GBATemp