The PSVita’s homebrew scene was always overshadowed by the PSP thanks to SONY’s ridiculous security measures. If they wanted to curb piracy, they did it at the cost of the Vita’s success… All we had in terms of hacks were ePSP hacks, bar Rejuvinate, until 6 months ago.
How HENkaku changed everything
HENkaku, released on the 29th of July 2016 by team Molecule, is a pretty revolutionary hack that gave the needed boost to the Vita’s hacking community. We weren’t exactly sure where HENkaku was going to lead us but I think that most of us are happy with where we ended. HENkaku evolved into taiHEN on the 1st of November which after 8 betas become the stable taiHEN we use today. The release of this awesome hack, paired with great software sent our Vita light years ahead in just a few months!
Let’s look a bit at what we can do with taiHEN/HENkaku:
Run homebrew such as emulators and games (GPU access in the works)
Play PSP games (thanks to Adrenaline and ARK)
System-wide plugins such as overclocking plugins
Ability to use cheats and translations for retail games
Install custom themes (On the Vita by Custom Themes Manager or via PC)
Use multiple accounts
Backup your saves (without backing up a whole game..)
Use your Vita as a wireless gamepad (thanks to VitaPad)
Stream PC games to your Vita (by using Moonlight)
All these features, especially the ability to run PSP games, make our Vita’s much more worthwhile the only portable console we use. Even 3.61/3.63 got some love thanks to HENkaku since you can install ARK/VHBL on those FWs if you have access to a 3.60 Vita and a PC.
I personally think that one of HENkaku’s main objectives was to kill off the Vita’s dependence on the PSP via native homebrew and that worked out well since we now have a vast amount of homebrew. I hope that we will see even more homebrew so that the Vita will become even more awesome. Without a doubt, these 6 months have been an awesome ride for us all!
Did HENkaku make you purchase a Vita (like I did)? What would you like to see in the future?