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Boy it’s been a long time since I’ve done a dedicated news week on the weekly sum-up, this one is based around PAX, and all of what happened this week there, along with a few other bits of course. We’ve got a few gameplay videos, some new screenshots, and new game announcements! Read the rest of this entry »

Not only did the PS Vita outsell the PS4, it almost doubled units sold vs. the PS4. What’s going on? Read the rest of this entry »

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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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 a nice balance of emulators, utilities, and homebrew games:

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Rafał Czaniecki, a PS Vita fan, disliked the PS Vita UI and decided to do some thing about it. In my opinion, it is better. What do you think? Read the rest of this entry »

Even though it’s only been targeting the PSP emulator so far, the Vita scene has been pretty lively over the past 2 years. With about 20 exploits released over the past 24 months, including 2 major “eCFW” releases (one around Christmas 2012, the other one in December last year), believe it or not, the Vita scene is actually releasing more exploits than the PSP scene used to, which is unfortunately the result of these exploits being such short-lived…

To counter the hack, Sony typically remove the exploited games within 48h of our announcements. To mitigate that, we announce the exploits secretly to our community through a process we call “ninja releases“.

For the people on 3.10 or 3.12 who are not lucky enough to have access to the latest VHBL exploit (JP only, up to firmware 3.12!), the question most people want to be answered now is if and when the next exploit will be released.

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Borderlands 2 Vita limited edition bundle
Today was a big day for Iron Galaxy Studios; not only did the studio unveil a new character for their two button fighting game Dive Kick but their Borderlands 2 PS Vita port also got an official release date. Let’s not beat about the bush, mark your calendars for May 6th  because just under a month from now Borderlands 2 Vita will be available as a digital copy. May 6th is also the day that the new and “improved” PS Vita slim will be available in the US, sold as a bundle with aforementioned Borderlands 2 and a 8GB memory card.

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Aside from the usual rubble I usually post on here, I thought I’d mention a Pokemon fan game we’ve all been waiting for, and something ia couple more games for our Vita!

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No PSN services

Just a few hours after Sony released their firmware 3.10, people figured out how to prevent the firmware update and access the PSN services from their PS Vitas running firmware 3.01.

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The March tutorial contest has come to an end but as the title might have tipped you off this is only the beginning as the April contest is now underway!

The Winners of our March contest are abdou005 for his tutorial on using the Vita as a wifi PC controller via TN-Vpaulvita for his tutorial on using the Dualshock 4 on PC, pokemon14 for his tutorial on listening to music while playing games on your PSP, and fifa12madrid for his tutorial on installing CFW4.xx on Firmware 3.55 on your PS3. Congrats to our winners!

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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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A few days ago, Sony released the firmwares 3.10 and 3.12 which both fixed the vulnerabilities in the previous firmware, that allowed the execution of the TN-V eCFW via various exploit game titles.

Since kernel mode exploits are rare and scarce, it should be obvious that there won’t be a working TN-V eCFW release for said new firmwares anytime soon.

This brings us back to our old Half Byte Loader, which is indeed still working at firmware 3.10 & 3.12, as long as you own the right game from the right PSN store.

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Hey, I couldn’t find much this week, and sorry about missing last week, I got caught up with Infamous, Lightning Returns and FF X|X-2 HD, but I’ll tell you a bit about my FFX HD endeavour.

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The title is self-explanatory, this is a how-to and review of VitaUpdateBlocker. VitaUpdateBlocker is a new app, giving you the powers of the proxy trick, with much less of the tedious file editing. Read the rest of this entry »

Hey people, April is coming soon, and it is bringing the Easter Bunny with it. I have been thinking for a while of a nice contest to have with a cool prize in it. Homebrew contests are great (I did organize a huge homebrew contest back in 2011 with insane cash prizes) but difficult and long to organize. They also are restricted to developers.

With Easter coming soon, I had the opportunity to start a fun and simple contest that everyone can take part in: We’re going to hide easter “eggs” on the website. The Eggs will not be made of chocolate (mostly because sending chocolate through the intertubes could damage our server and reduce your internet speed), but they will contain PSN Codes.

And because I didn’t want this contest to be only fun, but also epic, we are giving away not $50, not $100, but $1000 in PSN Codes!

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