TN-V4 is coming out soon and the forums are flooded with questions asking if one should update to 3.00 or if they should stay on X.XX firmware. Since this is somewhat repetitive (and truly, there isn’t anything big to lose) I will be outlining what the differences will be if you are on 1.80 etc vs if you’re on the latest firmware.
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It is already the 2nd December 2013 and we are still patiently waiting for the official release of the new TN-V4 eCFW, which will bring us a kernel mode to the firmwares above 2.02 (up to 3.00+) and will turn all usermode exploits, that we’ve released this year, into kernel mode. But now let’s take a look at the changelog of TN-V4:
Where the hell is TN-V4, and why hasn’t it been released yet? Well, if I got a dollar every time I got that question… you know the rest.
The truth is, TotalNoob has been extremely secretive about this project and his release plans, probably for good reasons. As a result though, for the moment I cannot give a precise date as to when he plans to release his upcoming Homebrew Enabler (his most precise answer so far has been “somewhere between November and January”).
A lot of you guys might know Mathieulh from his days in the PSP and PS3 scene, he is a good developer and got a version of TN-V4 from TN himself, which he could try on his PS VitaTV. But does everything work like at a 2.02 Vita? Well, lets see…
If you have read my Vita TV review (and if you haven’t, do it now!), you know I have been hugely disappointed by the device so far, mostly because of the poor level of its game compatibility and services offer.
Mathieulh, of ps3 and psp hacking fame (remember pandora batteries?), happens to both be a beta tester of TotalNoob’s upcoming TN-v4, and to own one of the Japan-only Vita TVs. He was successfully able to run TN-V on his vita TV, now making the device much more interesting to my eyes.
TN-V is a homebrew enabler running in the PSP emulator of the Vita (and now Vita TV). It lets users, among other things, run emulators for the major “old school” consoles, such as the GBA, SNES, Neogeo, megadrive, NES, Nintendo 64 etc…
We’ve mentioned several times in the past few days that firmware 3.00 has been a surprise to some of the veterans in the PSP/Vita scene, as Sony has patched several undisclosed psp exploits with this update.
It is fairly rare for Sony to patch an exploit before it gets publicly released, more so when it comes to exploits in the psp emulator, which in two years of Vita’s existence haven’t proven to be a security or business threat to Sony.
Nevertheless, firmware 3.00 appears to contain patches for several exploits that were known probably by a handful of people. Firmware 3.00 contains typical “blacklist” patches in the savedata_utility.prx, but also apparently deeper fixes in the psp kernel.
Since there are a lot of questions regarding the upcoming TN-V4 release, I decided to write this FAQ about the TN-V4 update and the future kernel mode exploit. Let’s get started!
You may have heard of different naughty surprises that came with firmware 3.00, and you may ask what the hell this has to do with me? you may also wonder about the future of VHBL and TN-V4, I’m gonna tap on that here, but I’m also gonna explain why I think Sony has made a huge dumb mistake.
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If you’ve been living under a rock, TN-V4 is Total Noob’s upcoming hack for the Playstation Vita. Now before those not in the know get too excited, this is a kernel exploit inside the PSP emulator of the Vita, not a vita hack per se. But it offers a lot already, and is probably the most awaited release on the Vita scene for this year.
I had the opportunity to have a great little chat with total Noob, to discuss his work. He was nice enough to disclose some cool new features for his exploit, as well as his planned release schedule.
It is still one month, until the Playstation 4 will be available in the biggest parts of the world, but Sony already announced a firmware update for the Playstation 4, which will be released at the 15th Nov., the day the PS4 launches in the United States. But let us take a look at this new update.
There were 4 undisclosed exploits on Vita’s firmware 2.61, until Japanese developer 173210 kindly released his VHBL port, “reducing” the number to 3 “yet to be revealed” exploits. But we’re back to 4, as 173210 confirmed one of his other psp usermode exploits wasn’t patched yet.
With apparently the help from Qwikrazor87, famous for being involved in pretty much every single VHBL port nowadays, 173210 was able to port VHBL to his exploit fairly quickly.
Just yesterday The Z published an article in which he talked about what we can expect from the next PS Vita firmware update. For many readers this functionality means getting one step closer to the release of Total_Noob’s kexploit. Sony promised that the next firmware update for PS Vita will bring the “PS4 Link app”, but handheld owners everywhere are in the dark when this update will take place. Read the rest of this entry »
The PS4 launch day is pretty soon, and Sony promised to make the PS Vita compatible with the PS4, obviously via a Firmware Update. The very next PS Vita Update seems to be the PS4-Ready Firmware, which was rumoured to be Firmware 3.00. Some other rumoured features of this new firmware, let’s just call it firmware 3.00, are, that you will be able to transfer files via a Wifi connection between the PS Vita and a PS3 console, which would enable you to transfer files without the need of any cable.
Sometimes, there’s not enough hacking news for us to mention on this blog for months, and at other times, it feels we don’t have enough people out there to cover all of them. That was it for my lame excuse for being 3 days late on announcing this.