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How to install ARK (ePSP Custom Firmware) on PS Vita 3.63


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248 Responses

  1. artrad

    I followed the tutorial twice and each time it worked just fine until I attempted to launch a non-VitaFTP homebrew PBP from within OneMenu’s file browser; then it would just either black screen or go back to the LiveArea. I’ve tried PicoDrive and gpSP.

  2. NickWiss

    Just saying, I actually experimented with psp demos and did this before this tutorial or any other one came out. BTW I am not bragging. I don’t know even why I am still typing this.

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  3. Bigjim

    Does the PSP game have to be the full game or can I use a demo for thism

  4. Benjamin

    can anyone help me i have a problem regarding one menu when i press select it just go to config menu i cant go to browse can anyone help me please?

  5. Simon

    I’m getting stuck on step 6. What exactly do you mean ‘run using command line’? I tried the Windows CMD prompt. It fails with access denied message. My virus scanner says that psvimg-extract.exe is a virus.

    • Dragwar

      in the vimgtools folder press “shift” and then right click. you’ll see “open command window here” option.

      • Simon

        Cool thanks so I was doing it right with the CMD prompt.

        What about the access denied message? I’m loath to disable the virus scanner to run this as the scanner is saying this is a virus because, well, it is a virus right? Or is the scanner mistaken and it’s sage to run?

        • GOT_that_AK47

          This probably means you are not running it as Administrator. Make sure the folder that it’s trying to write to isn’t set to read only mode. Being in Admin CMD should allow you read and write access, regardless.

  6. ssansyx

    i’m confused with ark. please someone answer me.
    1.ark doesn’t have audio? or just for psx games?
    2. ark runs psp games. should i finally give away my psp?
    3. for ark a psp game/demo is required to enable psp function and add ark?

    sorry, i’m just lost. very new to this.

    • YOOOO

      1) only PSX games dont have audio in ARK
      2) ARK does NOT run ALL psp games. ARK does not allow online connectivity. ARK does not allow plugins (i think). You should base your decision on the importance of these factors to you.
      3) Yes.

      • ssansyx

        thanks for responding man. online connectivity for psp gaming for me is not really something in my aim. i’ll be more than happy to check if peacewalker, persona 1/2 , type 0 and lunar work.


      • NickWiss

        ARK does support plugins. The dev made a homebrew for ARK that enables plugin

        • ssansyx

          thanks for the info nick. i have another question. i finally got ark withpsp games, snes and gba emulators. for psp games like peace walker. i’ve seen people enabling the second analog stick without cfw. is there a way to do it in onemenu/ark?

      • Mike

        With regards to ARK not being able to run all psp games, is this certain? Have you encountered it yourself? And would you happen to have a list of the psp games that don’t run on ARK? I’d appreciate it if you can confirm because I have 2 vita’s (a 3.60 and a 3.63), and I was planning on selling the 3.60, unless the 3.63 will indeed not be able to play some psp games. Thank you

        • ssansyx

          hey mike. tell me what game are you interested in having on your vita and i’ll test it for you. so far all the games i’ve been interested in having on my vita runs fantastic. been playing type 0 (eng patched) which is two discs merged in one and peace walker (if you hold the PS home button to change the wifi bluetooth settings, you’ll see ark settings on top. you can customize touchscreen and second thumbstick + graphic filtering. much better with second thumbstick).

          i’ve read of compability issues people had with adrenaline but some of the once i saw work fine for me. PSP games i have on my vita are that work perfectly:
          persona 3 p
          persona 2
          crisis core
          fate extra
          ff type 0
          kenka bancho badass rumble
          me and my katamari
          mgs peace walker

  7. McDerp

    Having trouble with step six, after clicking on psvinmg-extract the command prompt opens but then quickly closes.

    • fmata

      open cmd, type cd then space, then copy paste the directory of psvimg, press enter. then run the command above

  8. albert

    what if you dont have a psp game installed on your psvita 3.63?

    • Amilord

      Just grab a game demo on the psn (Ape Quest demo on EU store) on spend like 2 bucks for a Minis. Not really expensive considering what you will getfor free with ARK..

  9. Rambytes

    For me i’m stuck at step 1, i’m unable to find my PSN AID. Ive install QCMA, Open CMA and the official CMA and i see in QCMA my username but cannot find my AID.

    I have on my Vita two PSP game, but QCMA dont see anything to backup.

    I have Windows 10 with the anniversary update.

    Why i cannot pass the step 1??

    Thanks alot (from canada)

    • NickWiss

      Ok, for your AID there is a folder within a directory in the PSVITA documents folder. The folder will be named a bunch of random numbers and letters like (this is fake) df64s5d8f5s9df5665sddd (not the exact amount of letters and numbers). That is your AID. Next go to . If none of this makes sense, provide me an email and I’ll send ya a video.

  10. joe

    Same here I don’t ave a PSP game installed pls help

    • saidiop

      If you are on the EU store you can download “APE ESCAPE DEMO”, on the US STORE the cheaper game that worked for me was “CHAMELEON” (a puzzle game). Good luck

  11. da3

    is it necessary to own a psp game ?

  12. joe

    Amilord and saidiop I don’t ave a credit card to do that here am in Nigeria can u guys help me out with maybe a redeem code for d game I beg of u guyz this my email plsssss anyone

  13. z3nGuru

    +wololo I got Nester to appear in OneMenu “homebrew” section on 3.63. I placed NesterJ inside PSP/SAVEDATA/ and zipped that PSP folder. Put zip file in ARK1234 and transfer it on device. In OneMenu zip should be visible (zip must be named ANYTHINGUPPERCASED.ZIP or you wont see it). Click to install it and after trough vitaftp you can confirm that Nester folder is placed in /PSP/SAVEDATA/ and accessible trought OneMenu “homebrew”. Br, Zlatko

    • ssansyx

      hackinformer has a lit of emulators for vhbl. i suggest you download the ones you are interested in. extract the INSTALL.ZIP (delete it because you will zippit again) and add the the games you want to the roms folder if it doesn’t have one just add one. then the install zip you extracted with the name of the emulator just archive that folder again. on winrar. once you right click >add to archive> named it INSTALL.ZIP. look at the the compression method >click and chose “store” then hit okay. take that emulator folder and throw in where you ark folder is. doesn’t have to be inside the ark one. refresh database on QMCA and copy the files from pc to vita. just copy the emulator folders you have.

      on your vita open ark> if you installed vhbl open it. browse your files in the save data and install the emulator from there and it should work 🙂

  14. joe

    Saidop amylord can u guys help me out here i sray in nigeriavi dnt even ave a credit card to buy onevof does games pls can u send me a redeem code or anytin to buy it plsss my email

  15. jack

    hello how are you doing? im stuck at point 6 i wright 6.Run “psvimg-extract -K my key game.psvimg game". and it say me its not recognize as a command

  16. Pulla

    I have ps vita 3.63, I have never done jailbreak, will this ARK works on my console?
    I have tried with the steps above but this didn’t worked.

    • srini

      it worked for me, Thanks a lot, my console has internal memory of 1GB, I was trying with that, I brought new memory card with that It worked, thank you very much all who has made it work (, xyz, Proxima, qwikarzor87 and Davee)

  17. Nolan

    I cant run homebrews but no trouble playing psp games. Can someone help me to run homebrews on 3.63

    • Christian

      i try with a lot psp iso and cso and i can see in onemenu but not working.. need to patch psp games or something??

  18. C.A

    Thanks, it works on my Vita 3.63 OFW

  19. Kelvin

    “From here open up your favorite FTP client and connect to your vita by punching in the ip address vitaftp gives you. If the address it gives you is then double check that your vita is connected to the internet and restart ARK.

    Once you have connected to your vita through FTP simply transfer your homebrew, isos/csos etc over to your vita and place them in the ISO folder.”

    I don’t understand this. I don’t know how to transfer my ISO’s because I can’t find said ISO folder in my PC to transfer to.

    • tuxdude

      The iso folder you’re looking for is on your PLAYSTATION VITA, it is not on your PC. I even specified in the tutorial “transfer your homebrew. isos/csos etc over to your VITA AND PLACE THEM IN THE ISO FOLDER”. Basically, you FTP them and place them in the ISO folder ON YOUR VITA

  20. Nolan

    Why cant i install homebrews or run them?

    • NickWiss

      Did you zip the homebrew files and named it INSTALL.ZIP (ar any other name)? If not, do this, then FTP it (to any folder). Next, on your vita, go to this and extract it to any directory ( I prefer VHBL directory because it scans there automatically [you can disable this function to scan in the VHBL folder] but you can do whatever you want). Now, it should extract and then instead of an eboot.pbp, there should be a vboot.pbp. Press X and it should launch! If none of this makes sense, tell me what you’re confused on.

  21. shehab

    it give me an error bad file when extracting and it just extract the eboot file not pboot please help

  22. tariq iqbal

    Can any one tell me how to get HENkaku on ps vita 3.63 FW
    Please I need Help

  23. lucas

    Man i did everything as instructed but i got the error C0-11136-2 It’s not possible to run this app

    • manik