If you’re on FW 3.60, should you update your PSVita/PSTV to FW 3.65 or 3.68 and use h-encore?
h-encore has been out for over 48 hours (2 days) so by now, impulse-updaters would’ve already headed to FW 3.65 or 3.68. However, if you’re the more cautious type, should you update to a higher firmware or should you just stay put?
Advantages of updating to firmware 3.65-3.68
Let’s start off with the positive aspect of updating your system software by discussing the benefits. If you decide to leave the glorious FW 3.60 for firmware 3.65 or 3.68, you’ll get the following benefits:
- The ability to play games that require a higher firmware.
As it stands right now, you can’t run game titles that require firmware 3.61 or higher on firmware 3.60 out of the box anyway.
- However, there is a solution to this. Currently, games that require FW 3.65 dumped with MaiDump can be made to work on FW 3.60 since the EBOOT is decrypted. Furthermore, CelesteBlue has apparently stated that he’s working on running games that need firmware 3.68 on 3.65 (which may also extend to firmware 3.60).
- Obviously, you don’t need to be a pirate to dump games for a console running a lower FW. All you need is two PSVita/PSTV (one of each is fine too) with one running a higher firmware so that you could dump games through it.
- TLSv1.2 support in firmware 3.67+. This is quite important if you use the Browser on your PSVita and it might be required for some future homebrew that fetches data from the internet.
- PSN will work out of the box if you’re using firmware 3.68
- PSN does work to varying degrees on lower firmwares however.
- You could activate your system since systems running FW 3.63 or lower can’t activate due to some activation server changes
Disadvantages of updating your PSVita/PSTV from 3.60
Now, for the bad news. If you update to firmware 3.65 or 3.68, you’ll have to do some sacrifices which may be deal breakers for some.
First of all, if you go to firmware 3.67 or 3.68, you can forget about HENkaku Enso as the exploit used was patched by Sony. This means that you’ll have to reapply HENkaku every time reboot like we did in the old days. While this might sound like a chore, h-encore is very easy and quick to reapply and it doesn’t even require an internet connection.
Secondly, some homebrew and plugins may not work as intended. Reddit users have reported that Adrenaline, the SD2Vita driver, oclockvita, Moonlight and some other popular software is working however it’s not all roses. Some plugins such as VitaBright, ShellSecBat and ShellBat aren’t working at all while ds3vita/ds4vita are buggy on FW 3.67/3.68.
Furthermore, some homebrew like Vita Save Manager requires an INI modification and themes aren’t persisting after rebooting without Enso unlike what they did on FW 3.60. Remember, some developers have left the scene or may not be up to the task of updating their software for FW 3.67/3.68 so if you use something that’s broken, think twice about updating.
While it’s not a disadvantage in itself, you must keep in mind that once you update there’s no going back!
Before updating, make sure you think twice about it however if really need to update, you can use auto-h-encore to automate most of the installation process. My personal opinion on the matter is to stay on firmware 3.60 as I don’t believe you’re losing much by not updating but the decision is ultimately yours.
Reddit thread discussing application compatibility: https://www.reddit.com/r/vitahacks/comments/8vh6fr/psa_not_all_the_apps_that_work_on_360_and_365_are/