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After nearly 4 months of playing cat and mouse, Sony finally brought the exploit titles, used to trigger the TN-V eCFW at firmware 3.01, back.

King of Pool, 101-in-1 Megamix, Fifa (Soccer) 2011/2012, Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks and Persona 2: Innocent Sins, to be specific, are now back at the PSN store and can be bought, redownloaded, etc.

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April fools is over, we all had our laughs, but it’s time to move on.
On this subject I want to discuss what hidden “features” and “stability improvements” the new Vita firmwares 3.10/3.12 brought to the table and my overall rant about them from both a hacker’s perspective and a user’s perspective.
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Todays Playstation Store maintenance, which lasted approx. 5 hours, is done. To our surprise is the exploit title Persona 2: Innocent Sins still available at the PSN Store (In europe at least).

Since they could remove the game any second now, I thought that we inform you once again to get this game as soon as possible, if you are interested in exploiting the PS Vita firmware 3.01 (or earlier)!

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Your favorite mic dropping CEO is stepping down from Sony and Playstation. Effective April 1st, 2014 Jack Tretton will be stepping down from Sony and Playstation. Jack has been with the company for over 19 years. Sony stated that this is part of an agreement reached by both Jack Tretton and Sony to not renew his contract. He says he will be starting the “next chapter of his career”. No word yet on what his next plans will be.

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Every month we publish a list of the best Vita and PSP homebrews as voted by our community over the previous month. You can add your own homebrews to our /downloads Database, and vote for your favorite ones. This doesn’t require any login.

This month’s votes feature many long time favorites, but also a few new entries that you might want to check:

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There is now an option out there for those involved in the PS Vita scene to contact each other and post news via IRC. It utilizes Total-Noob’s TN-V to create a universally accessible “chatroom” for everyone wanting to use it. This method is brought to you by abdou005. Here is how to get this PS Vita chatroom setup so that you can stay connected to all the latest PS Vita news, and input your own ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

Here is a huge post with the most popular 50 homebrews and tools of the past year for the PSP and the Vita in our database. I should have published this one several weeks ago but didn’t find the time to prepare the list recently. If you are new to the PSP/Vita scene, or if you’re looking for some exciting new content to try, this is what you are looking for! You can find more homebrews on /downloads, and don’t forget to add yours, and to rate your favorite ones. No login is required!

Most of the homebrews are compatible with both the PSP and the vita (in the case of the vita, you’ll need to run VHBL or CEF)

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A few days ago we’ve told you about the latest exploit game for running the TN-V eCFW at your PS Vita: Fifa (Soccer) 2011 and 2012.
Even though it was planned to release the game at a weekend, like we usually do, we (well, the developer of it) had to rush it, because some, let’s call him jerk, jerk had to leak the name of the game and therefore pretty much f#cked up the release for everybody who was patiently waiting.

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As you probably know, there are some features on TN-V that are non-functional. Thanks to the scene, some really great XMB mods have been created to replace these features with functional ones. With this tutorial you will be able to mod three things in your XMB to get even more out of TN-V. Read the rest of this entry »

Ok guys, you might want to hurry up and grab the game as Mathew_Wi has decided to release the exploit now as the game seems to have been leaked. This is quite disappointing actually because this is the second leak for this kernel exploit.

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Emulators are by far the most popular type of homebrews on the PSP and on the PS Vita. Although we already have very well organized lists for VHBL and TN-V Owners (respectively here and here, thanks to SMOKE), his lists also include more things and can be a bit difficult to digest if you’re only looking for a specific emulator. Dragon Chan (with the help of kakarotto) has a great list with explanations and downloads here, unfortunately the links all point to a site in Italian where a registration is required, which is not great.

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ps_vita_2000XMBThis method of getting homebrew and ISO/CSO on your Vita will work well for those of you not wanting to use CMA (or OpenCMA) or not wanting to use FTP because of the bug where it changes the PSP folder to QSP, discussed here. Although I personally have not had problems with FTP, it is still likely that bugs may occur with you. There is only going to be one app you need on your vita, PSP Filer. You can get that here and install it following this great tutorial by The Z.

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I’ve been getting a lot of complaints about my last article from the 10 Days of Hacking due to the sudden decrease of quality, and I want to apologize by creating a bonus day where I want to talk about some interesting hacks and developments.
Consider this the real Day 6 if you may.
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The Xbox 360 was Microsoft’s second home console, and the first one to be widely acceptable, but there’s probably nothing about its background story that you don’t already know, so lets cut to the point.
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After Sega’s strong competition in the 16-bit era of gaming and later Sony overshadowing Nintendo with the PS1, Nintendo had been struggling to regain dominance in the gaming industry, but all that ended with the huge popularity and momentum Nintendo’s Wii got, but I’m not here to discuss console history, there’s another 8 Days feature for that, I’m here to discuss why some of the design choices for the Wii led to an early full blown hack of the system.
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