Ten Days ago, the HENkaku hack was released on PS Vita firmware 3.60, opening the doors of homebrews and emulators for the PS Vita. Today, a PS Vita pirated game was released on the internet, that can be played on hacked consoles.
disclaimer: For obvious reasons, we do not share or disclose any link to the sources of this leak here. The information however is pouring everywhere on the web as I type this so I have no doubt that the people looking to confirm this can do so very easily *. I apologize to the people who shared this information with me and whom I cannot credit. Thanks for your understanding.
The video game in question, Adventure Time, the Secret of the nameless kingdom, is a Vita game from 2014.
Are the doors of piracy now fully open on the PS Vita?
Conveniently distributed in a .vpk package (the same format used for HENkaku homebrews), the game cannot be installed directly with molecularShell (the default package installation tool distributed with HENkaku) due to its size, but recently released VitaShell 0.7 apparently does the trick with big files. We were able to confirm the game runs on a retail Vita 3.60 with HENkaku, and is indeed a real PS Vita game.
Allegedly, the game was dumped from a Vita Devkit and stripped of its DRMs. The question that is unanswered here is if someone had access to a DRM free copy of the game, or if some people actually managed to remove the DRMs from a commercial game.
If the latter, this means piracy on PS vita is now a possibility, as it will not take long for warez groups to figure out the backup dumping/drm-stripping process. However, if this was just a lucky person with access to a development version of the game, then the PS Vita is still safe.
* This goes without saying, but beyond being illegal in most countries, pirating a game on the PS Vita could lead you to additional trouble: a potential ban from the PSN, or even worse: there’s no guarantee the game doesn’t ship with malware. As a reminder, your PSN Credentials are available in plaintext on the device’s registry.