In a month that pretty much started with the announcement and release of the taiHEN framework and taiHENkaku, it seems only fitting that one of the last major news pieces of the month is also on the same subject.
Yifan Lu has updated his GitHub gist with information pertaining the release of the Beta 5 for taiHen/TaiHENkaku. What we’re looking at in this latest Beta however is nothing more than a stability update for the most part. It might be the only time that I agree that something relating to the PS Vita needed more stability. Anyone who has tried using the betas for taiHENkaku until now (how could you not since Adrenaline needs it) has had the great barrier of the PS Vita freeze. Hopefully with this latest update, we will be able to use taiHENkaku with less annoying crashes.
As usual however, Yifan’s warning still applies:
If you are not interested in helping test the beta, we recommend that you stick with the old stable release at (https://henkaku.xyz/) instead. To update the beta, reboot and visit http://beta.henkaku.xyz/ from your Vita’s browser. To remove the beta, delete molecularShell, reboot, and visit https://henkaku.xyz/ instead.
What is taiHENkaku?
In case you missed the original annoucement, taiHENkaku is the new version of our favorite “homebrew loader" ported to the new taiHEN framework that Team Molecule have been working on since the original HENkaku release. While it turns HENkaku into a fully-fledged custom firmware, it is currently in beta state and it is not recommended you update right away, unless you are willing to help beta test.
Changelog for taiHENkaku Beta 5
Rewrote the kernel payload and installer. Installer should be more stable now.
Add ability to update HENkaku config and taiHEN config.txt without needing a reboot. VitaShell needs to be updated to use this feature though.
Fixed some hooking issues in taiHEN
PSN spoofing no longer works. This might be fixed in the future, but is currently low priority.
molecularShell now only shows ux0: and only part of it. This is part of the move to molecularShell being a safe homebrew while VitaShell has full powers. Please install VitaShell manually to access other partitions moving forward.
If yu build the offline installer yourself and point it to beta.henkaku.xyz, you can use offline mode. The release builds will always point to HENkaku stable.
Download the taiHENkaku Beta
To update your PS Vita console to the latest version of taiHENkaku, point your Vita browser to the http://beta.henkaku.xyz/ address and it will install itself. In case you want to downgrade back to HENkaku R6 because you don’t feel the current version of taiHENkaku isn’t stable/compatible enough for you, just reboot your Vita and then open the normal address https://henkaku.xyz/ to go back to the older, stable version. If you want to have both and switch freely between then, try using SwitchKaku!