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Rumors surfaced a few hours ago that hackers have made major progress towards hacking the Xbox One.

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I regularly get emails from people who want us to port VHBL to this or that game, or people who contact me with a game crash but don’t know where to take it from here. PSP (usermode) exploits used to be seen as voodoo magic, and doable only by an elite of hackers, until I started writing tutorials on how to do it, back in 2009. Finding an exploit in a PSP game requires brains, lots of free time, and minimal programming knowledge, but is nowhere as complex as most people think. The techniques to find them used to be a secret, not that hackers in those days thought it was a secret to be kept, but because nobody ever took the time to write the process down in a user-friendly way.

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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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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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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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Hack 'N Slash

I frequently come across comments that indicate a large portion of this site’s visitors would like to be able to “hack it.” Wololo.net even has some nice tutorials that can help those who are looking to find an user/savegame exploit. But with all the different coding languages out there, each with their own advantages and field use, I can see how for the vast majority of gamers “learning how to hack a game” remains wish. Enter Hack ‘N Slash – in development at the esteemed game studio Double Fine -, the core gameplay of this title will allow you to hack and play around with its source code. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sony just released the firmware 3.12 which addresses a bug, introduced in firmware 3.10, that was the cause for the failure of some bigger memory cards.

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We waited more than 3 months for a new PS Vita firmware, which happened to drop a few days ago. Some users are reporting that their PS Vita refuses to read the memory card after said new firmware 3.10 dropped, and the tech support of Sony replied that an upcoming update to adress this issue will be available very soon!

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For those of you still on PS Vita firmware 3.01, and even 3.10, there has been a big bang of events today. Six more titles were released for 3.01, and a game was re-exploited for 3.10. Read the rest of this entry »

A new PS Vita firmware update is now available

The changelog of the new firmware is at the very end of the news!

Sony just released a new firmware update for the PS Vita, which fixes the TN-V kernel mode exploit and the usermode exploit titles for firmware 3.01.

This new firmware also fixes exploits in various undisclosed exploit titles.

Please skip the following wall of text if you are not interested in a little flashback to firmware 3.01 from 3 months ago and what happened in these 3 months.
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A new vita firmware update will be hitting the PSVita later today.

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ps4_trophy_extractor

Developer Red-EyeX32 just released a tool to extract the .TRP files from the PS4.

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For those of you that didn’t know, you can use your DualShock 4 to control your PS3. You may want to reconsider doing that though. Recently, some gamers have accidentally purchased games while using their DS4 on their PS3s. Even more, Sony is refusing refunds. Don’t let this happen to you. Read the rest of this entry »

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For some strange reason, an old Vita SDK Leak from 2012 resurfaced today on a few scene websites.

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It was just a matter of time until Sony removes our latest exploit title, Persona 2: Innocent Sins, from the Playstation Store. To our surprise they did not remove the game while the Store was down due to maintenance, but a few hours later. The game was available up to 11:59 am (CET) in europe, and up to the late afternoon in japan.

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