Wololo.net » Wololo.net http://wololo.net Wagic, Half-Byte Loader, PSP / PS Vita Programming, and Homebrews Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:03:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 $1000 to win in Wololo’s Giant Easter Egg Hunt: Final round! http://wololo.net/2014/04/20/1000-to-win-in-wololos-giant-easter-egg-hunt-final-round/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/20/1000-to-win-in-wololos-giant-easter-egg-hunt-final-round/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:03:04 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=18770 Three weeks ago we started the most Epic giveaway ever done on the scene: a huge Easter Egg Hunt with a total of $1000 in PSN Codes to be found on our website. Up to $500 could be found so far in various pages of our site, and we revealed all the locations of the 50 Eggs in this thread on /talk.

Today, I will be hiding an additional $510 in 51 eggs, pushing our total to $1010 for the grand finale! Yes, there’s one more Egg, ’cause our moderator SMOKE is kindly participating in the giveaway too.

As for last week, the Eggs can be found in the following places:

There is no catch: the Easter eggs will be spread throughout the website, there is no need to register to anything and everyone can participate, simply by browsing the sections mentioned above. The trick, as in all Easter Egg Hunts, is to actually find the eggs. If you find one, snatch the PSN Code and redeem it on your Playstation account, done!

What the eggs look like might vary depending on my mood, there will be easy and difficult ones. Unlike real life eggs though, it is possible that you find eggs that have been found by someone else before you. In that case, the PSN code will of course not work a second time, so don’t get discouraged and keep looking.

If you find one of the eggs (lucky you!), use your natural bragging rights by claiming victory on our dedicated thread on /talk, or in the comments section below, or by shouting me a thank you on Twitter or on Facebook. Your support is highly appreciated!

As part of this contest, we will also be giving away some PSN codes directly on twitter and Facebook, in a more “typical” “follow and retweet” fashion.

The PSN Codes we give away are for US accounts. I’ve explained several times how and why you should have a US PSN Account even if you don’t live in the US. And once again, I recommend it!

I strongly suggest to check this thread on /talk where people report what eggs have already been found, etc…

Today is Easter day, and we are spreading $500 in random places of the site! So hurry up, find the eggs, and have fun!

And another one: LMBR-PQN6-FNDN

Here’s already one :)

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The Xbox One hacked? http://wololo.net/2014/04/19/the-xbox-one-hacked/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/19/the-xbox-one-hacked/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:31:20 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19275 Rumors surfaced a few hours ago that hackers have made major progress towards hacking the Xbox One.

The piece of news, originating from IRC EFnet lobby #xbonehack, seems to imply that hacker Iriez (known for his work on the Xbox 360) has found access to some encryption/decryption keys on the Xbox. Although he is not explicitly stating it in the IRC discussion, he hints strongly at it:

[3:49pm] <+Iriez> think of the most radical situation that could have possibly happened. The thing that would most hurt the security
[3:49pm] <+Iriez> the thing that others have tried to get for other consoles and never succeeded (though they did with ps3)

I have witnessed the excitement of many console hackers in the past for wrong reasons. People who thought they had found a kernel exploit on the PSP but were only looking at the wrong data dump. People who thought they had found a major flaw on a system, only to realize it was actually their debugging tool that was having a problem. Or, very often, people getting very excited for what only represents 1% of the total amount of work to achieve.

As a result of this, I wouldn’t be so excited so soon, if I were an Xbox One owner looking to hack my device. Xbox Hacker TyDye81 (GLoader) also apparently came back to confirm there was much excitement over only a very tiny thing:

[16:07.40] <@tydye81> nah this is super old news
[16:07.44] <@tydye81> to anyone with common sense
[16:08.07] <@tydye81> they encrypt all the xvd files wth private key then put the public key on the console
[16:08.11] <@tydye81> so only it can decrypt them
[16:08.14] <@tydye81> then theres signing lol
[16:08.20] <@tydye81> sure you can look at the files
[16:08.28] <@tydye81> but thats been done months ago
[16:08.55] <@tydye81> iriez did find something
[16:09.12] <@tydye81> but hes freakin out over something I dont think he quite understands yet..

Moreover, even though these are known hackers of the xbox scene, there is of course no proof from a mere IRC log.

The full log can be found below:

[3:08pm] <Iriez> wow
[3:08pm] <Iriez> wowowowowowow
[3:08pm] <Iriez> I just got GREAT news for xboxone hacking
[3:09pm] <+giglife> Iriez ¦ I just got GREAT news for xboxone hacking | lets hear the big news
[3:10pm] <Iriez> lets just say its already done.
[3:10pm] <Iriez> games over
[3:10pm] <Iriez> :)
[3:11pm] <herbz42o> homebrew?
[3:22pm] <Iriez> goddamn im fucking excited
[3:22pm] <Iriez> There’s no beans to spill
[3:23pm] <Iriez> it just…is what it is :)
[3:23pm] <Iriez> We will see examples within the following months….right now is the discovery phase, development must be done
[3:49pm] <+Iriez> think of the most radical situation that could have possibly happened. The thing that would most hurt the security
[3:49pm] <+Iriez> the thing that others have tried to get for other consoles and never succeeded (though they did with ps3)
[3:49pm] <+Iriez> thats what happened
[3:49pm] keys?
[3:49pm] <@hordak> keys?
[3:49pm] <@hordak> heh
[3:49pm] * +Iriez neener neener not sayin
[3:49pm] <@hordak> yes then
[3:50pm] <+Iriez> well, theoretically if the keys were leaked
[3:50pm] <+Iriez> IF….
[3:51pm] <+Iriez> public key is stored on cpu die
[3:51pm] <+Iriez> ….. :-)
[3:51pm] <+Iriez> new hardware would need to be rolled out
[3:51pm] <+Iriez> and even then
[3:51pm] oh nice
[3:51pm] <+Iriez> how are they going to prevent files signed with the old key from working
[3:51pm] <+Iriez> if they change their public/private pair?
[3:52pm] <+Iriez> welcome to the beggining of a new age!
[3:53pm] <+Iriez> xboxone full homebrew will likely be a reality in a short time
[4:01pm] <+Iriez> who said anyone found the private key ? :)
[4:01pm] <+Blackwolf> i got that refrence kl0wn
[4:01pm] so this will be the easiest hack ever than to apply. Literally just a dashboard update thats been hacked up
[4:01pm] <+Blackwolf> lol
[4:01pm] like the ps3
[4:01pm] <+Blackwolf> high five
[4:02pm] <+Iriez> ….perhaps ; )

If anything, the statement “xboxone full homebrew will likely be a reality in a short time” sounds like a big under-estimate. Homebrew programming on any console requires to create an SDK, build tools, a community. People such as YifanLu or Fail0verflow have stated in the past that making homebrews a possibility on any console is way much more work than “just” finding exploits or vulnerabilities.

That being said, it’s always great to know that teams out there are trying to figure out more secrets about our beloved consoles :)

Do you own an xbox one? Are you expecting the Xbox one to get hacked?

Source: Reddit & pastebin

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Sony sold their entire portofolio of Square-Enix shares http://wololo.net/2014/04/19/sony-sold-their-entire-portofolio-of-square-enix-shares/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/19/sony-sold-their-entire-portofolio-of-square-enix-shares/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:59:36 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19254

Sony Corporation sold their complete portfolio of Square-Enix (SE) shares. For over a decade Sony’s gaming division; Sony Computer Entertainment held a stake of 8.25% in Square-Enix, a stake which now has been sold in its entirety to SMBC Nikko Securities.

Square-Enix known most for creating the Final Fantasy franchise (although technically Square were responsible for the birth of the famous RPG brand, as many of you may know) came to be when Square and Enix merged in 2003.

Square-Enix

Last year Square-Enix business practices garnered some industry wide critique when the company stated how the reboot of Tomb Raider failed to meet expectations. A crazy notion, knowing that in the first month alone the game sold around 3.6 million copies. In the last two quarterly reports Square-Enix did manage to turn things around by showing a return to profitability. Even though the share price of the publishing giant improved over the last twelve months, Sony probably could have gotten a better deal if they would have sold their SE shares back in January when a share went for ¥2895 ($28.25) compared to ¥1685 ($16.44) now.

Sony fiscal year

The PlayStation 4 is a huge success and with sales of the console just north of 7 million units it greatly exceeds the company’s estimations. The PlayStation brand is doing great, especially when compared to some other divisions at Sony. Normal business practices dictate the current restructure and realignment of interests.

Sony hasn’t issued out an official statement in regards to selling their Square-Enix shares but it most probably has a lot to do with the company’s need to free up resources. Sony parted ways with their 9.52 million Square-Enix shares for approximately ¥15.3 billion ($150 million), of which Sony will receive cash proceeds on a consolidated basis on April 21th 2014.

Did Sony lose faith in Square-Enix?

Since the news of this sale broke out the internet began speculating about it; Why now? Sony abandons sinking ship, Final Fantasy XV exclusive on Xbox One, “give us a FF VII remake” etc.

Although technically speaking a possibility, most of the examples above are just plain silly. However this recent event might give us some insight in what we can expect from Square-Enix in the immediate future. Either Sony just sold their stake in SE to:

  • Free up extra funds; focussing on a short term goal of staying in the black during the current fiscal year. This would mean Sony doesn’t believe Square-Enix will make a big splash this year, at least not enough to warrant keeping the SE shares. 
  • Sony decided that they no longer need those shares 
  • Sony indeed lost faith in Square-Enix.

What do you guys think? What will this means for the future (relationship between) Sony and Square-Enix?Show your support for articles by sharing them through social media (Twitter, Google+, Facebook etc.) or by telling your grandmother about what you’ve read. You can weigh in your thoughts in the comment section or contact me directly on twitter @italkgame

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PSP/Vita : How to find your own exploits http://wololo.net/2014/04/18/pspvita-how-to-find-your-own-exploits/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/18/pspvita-how-to-find-your-own-exploits/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:48:15 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19221 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.

Those who have been following this blog for a while know that I try very hard to bridge the gap between the “hackers” and people who have technical interest in what they do, but don’t know where to start. It’s for this reason that my involvement with m0skit0′s Half Byte Loader (now VHBL) has always been about simplifying it to the max, and make it portable to as many games as possible, as easily as possible.

Today, finding an exploit and porting VHBL to it is not a one click process, but it is reasonably simple. Porting VHBL can be done within a few hours, which is insanely fast if you think about the months it took to create the tool initially.

Our tutorials for finding exploits and porting VHBL are fairly old, but they are still valid, so I think it is worth refreshing everyone’s memory. and if you are worried that “you won’t make it”, keep in mind that pretty much every single VHBL release we have done in the past 2 years, was the work of a different person, generally someone pretty new to the scene.

finding and exploiting your own PSP/Vita vulnerabilities

  1. The first step is to find a game with an exploit. This is a time consuming process, but does not require too much programming skills. You’ll need a PSP, lots of games, and a few tools. The whole process is described here: Finding Gamesave exploits on the PSP (wow, I wrote this 5 years ago, and it is still very relevant today). I estimate that 10% of PSP games have “easy” vulnerabilities such as a buffer overflow in the player’s name.
  2. The second step is usually to write a binary loader to leverage your exploit. This will confirm that your exploit can let you load simple pieces of code, such as a “hello world”. I describe this process here: Writing a binary loader. Many hackers prefer to write a simple hello world before writing a binary loader, but writing a binary loader is simple enough and puts you on the right track for a VHBL (or TN-V) port later on.PS VITA HELLO WORLD Wololo 1
  3. The third step is to port VHBL to your exploit. The binary loader you previously wrote will load VHBL for you. I describe the VHBL port here: Porting VHBL to your game exploit

These steps all require a hacked PSP to do the probing and debugging, even though the goal is to run VHBL on a PS Vita. Looking for PSP vulnerabilities without a PSP is not as convenient, but doable. Check hgoel0974′s guide to writing a psp exploit directly on your PC through PSP emulators: finding vhbl exploits without a psp

Again, everyone I know who’s given it a try has been baffled at how simple the process is, in hindsight. If you’re interested in PSP/Vita hacking, this is a first step that I really recommend (you can train with previously exploited games, Sony do not patch those anymore on the PSP, only on the Vita). It’s the people who decided one day to five it a try, that made it possible for us to release more than 20 game exploits in the past 2 years!

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PS4 sales have hit 7 million worldwide, surpassing Sony’s predictions http://wololo.net/2014/04/17/ps4-sales-have-hit-7-million-worldwide-surpassing-sonys-predictions/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/17/ps4-sales-have-hit-7-million-worldwide-surpassing-sonys-predictions/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:54:49 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19257

Despite the fact that the PS Vita may be beating the PS4 in the Japanese sales market, the PS4 has now hit a total of 7 million consoles sold.

In addition to PS4 console numbers sold, Sony also released some additional PS4 statistics.

Including both digital and retail, PS4 software has reached 20.5 million copies sold. Over 4.9 sessions of gaming have been broadcasted using Twitch or Ustream, resulting in 90 million views. And then there’s the magical Share button. 135 million times that share button has been used, to share with us interesting moments.

With this announcement, Andrew House, SCE president, and group CEO, had a little bit more to say.

The response from the global gaming community for PS4 has been overwhelming and we are truly humbled that gamers are selecting PS4 as their next generation console of choice. The PS4 journey has just begun, and although we are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide, we remain steadfast in our commitment to meet the needs of our customers, and surpassing the wildest expectations of gamers by delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage. We look forward to unveiling many of these experiences to our fans in the coming months.

These 7 million sales have come out of the 72 countries/regions that the PS4 is available in.

I think the reason behind their big success, is based on the fact that Sony followed through with their promise. And because of the future line-up of great games. You give someone something to look forward to, and they become your slave.

That’s all for now from me, The Jay Doctor. What do you think is the cause of the PS4s success? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter where I can be contacted/followed @The_Jay_Doctor using the handy links below.

Source: VG24/7

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New PS4 firmware 1.70 to be released next week! http://wololo.net/2014/04/16/new-ps4-firmware-1-70-to-be-released-next-week/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/16/new-ps4-firmware-1-70-to-be-released-next-week/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:22:39 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19247

Some weeks ago, we reported that a new PS4 firmware was announced, which will add some new features like dimming the light bar at the Dualshock 4 controller and some more things.

Today information was made public, that said a new PS4 firmware update will be shipped as firmware 1.70 in approx. 7 days.

If we take a closer look at our previous Blog article, we will see that they want to add a rich video editor, which should be easy to use for personalizing video clips, so they can become your very own masterpieces. Additionally to this new editor it will be possible to export and save your media files to an USB drive, which is currently not possible.

Another new feature of this new firmware will be that you will be able to turn off the HDCP protection for capturing gameplay via HDMI, something that Sony promised at the launch of the Playstation 4, but was not yet able to implement.

Stay tuned for more!

Source via KingX.de

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Minimur, WTH Happened This Week? PAX East, Naughty Dog Anniversary Announcements And EA/Ubi E3 Conference Times! http://wololo.net/2014/04/15/minimur-wth-happened-this-week-pax-east-naughty-dog-anniversary-announcements-and-eaubi-e3-conference-times/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/15/minimur-wth-happened-this-week-pax-east-naughty-dog-anniversary-announcements-and-eaubi-e3-conference-times/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:41:23 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19227 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!

PS Vita News

 

The PS Blog had it’s fair share of blog-worthy news regarding the vita, including a release date for puzzle game Ethan: Meteor Hunter on the PS Vita of 16th April, which brilliantly enough is cross buy if you already own it on the PS3!

 http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/04/10/ethan-meteor-hunter-ps-vita-release-date-announced/

 

Galak-Z got a release window of Fall for the PC, PS4 and the Vita, this game looks pretty cool and I might be picking this one up, here’s a gameplay video below:

http://www.joystiq.com/2014/04/12/galak-z-blasts-into-ps4-vita-and-pc-this-fall/

 

I guess you could consider this as Vita news, Guacamelee developers, Drinkbox Studios announced their new project at PAX, and are aiming to bring the game to mobiles, but will consider bringing it to consoles that support gestures. It is simply named ‘Severed’, it seems to be a pretty strange game so I’ll let the trailer do the talking:

http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/13/5610230/slice-up-foes-and-attach-their-limbs-to-yourself-in-severed-by-the-makers-of-guacamelee

 

First of all, here’s some new games that were either announced, or I haven’t heard anything about them before:

Project Cyber - http://youtu.be/KkU64KiFzl4

Elegy for a Dead World - http://youtu.be/fhY200ZiZ2c

Habitat - http://youtu.be/G-58zAfESSs

Record Run [Mobile] – Developed by Harmonix

Mercenary Kings  -W/ Cross Buy PS Vita

Curses ‘n’ Chaos – PC/Vita Developed by Tribute games (Mercenary Kings)

Ninja Senki DX - PC/Vita Developed by Tribute games (Mercenary Kings)

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth - http://www.polygon.com/

There Came An Echo – PS4

Citizens Of Earth -PS Vita/PS4 Dev. by Atlus/Eden Industries 

 

 

The list above includes a few announcements from outside of PAX, but why have 2 lists when it’ll be easier to read 1 mega list?

 

Square Enix have been showing off there interesting game Murdered: Soul Suspect at PAX also, and have released a new gameplay video for us to look at. Funnily enough, I wasn’t expecting the video to make me jump while watching it!

http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/22599/20140411/pax-east-2014-evil-within-demo-bethesda.htm

 

With the announcement of The Last Of Us: Remastered, Naughty Dog post something on the PS Blog that this isn’t the only anniversary announcement they are making, one of the announcements they have already made is that they are partnering with Dark Horse Comics to release ‘The Art Of Naughty Dog’ much like they did with The Last Of Us artbook, but it’ll span ND’s whole history, rather than 1 game.

 

This kicks off several anniversary announcements happening over the coming months. Turning 30 is going to be a fun year for us all. Get ready to celebrate with us!
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If that’s a poster, I want it.

http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2014/04/11/art-naughty-dog-celebrating-30-years-great-games/

 

 

Next up is some news on E3….. yes, already. EA and Ubisoft have confirmed their dates and time of their conferences, and like last year both on the same day.

EA is before Ubisoft, following a pattern of the previous year, EA’s conference is at 12pm and Ubisofts at 3pm – PT

The timing pattern follows last year as well, if it’s the same, Microsoft’s should be at 9am and Sony’s will be at 6pm

If you want to convert this to your own time, here’s a link:

http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

 

Source:

Ubisoft - http://gamingeverything.com/ubisoft-dates-e3-2014-media-briefing/

EA - http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ea-dates-its-e3-2014-press-conference-for-june-9/1100-6418911/

 

After finding this out while at work, I checked dates/time and I found out I was working, so I took annual leave, yes, to watch E3.

 

Weekly blog round-up

 

There was over a blog a day for this week, and this should more than keep you busy reading. You can never complain at the variety of the content on Wololo, from Exploit news to game announcements to strange weekly sum up’s that no body really wants, this is the blog to go to if you want something other that 100% vita hacking news!

Reddit Time!

 

Well that’s a bit of a lie, being as some of this was just from around the internet – but it’s awesome so it’s going here.

 

From the game Evolve, this is a massive model of the monster you can control in the game!

The Virtuix Omni can take a step aside, couple this with VR and it will be the most immersive experience possible!

Here’s something that is a joy to watch; Clueless gamer as part of the Conan O’brien show. This time he rented out a American football (eggball) stadium to play some PS4 games on the big screen.

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PS4 sales drop. Outsold by PS Vita in Japan. http://wololo.net/2014/04/15/ps4-sales-drop-outsold-by-ps-vita-in-japan/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/15/ps4-sales-drop-outsold-by-ps-vita-in-japan/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:34:22 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19178

Not only did the PS Vita outsell the PS4, it almost doubled units sold vs. the PS4. What’s going on?

I’m going to start off by saying that there is nothing necessarily wrong with the PS Vita outselling the PS4. It could mean that all of the people who are buying Vitas, are getting them so they can remote play with their already owned PS4s. It’s just a surprise to me that this situation would occur.

DualShockers put together the numbers from Media Create’s weekly sales charts, and got the following:

Vita – 25,017
3DS LL – 22,947
PS4 – 13,401
PS3 – 10,871
3DS – 9,091
Wii U -7,962
PSP – 2,892
Vita TV – 1,371
Xbox 360 – 276

I’m going to take this time to express some of my thoughts on this. Wow, PS4 got out sold by a 3DS (bothing against Nintendo). Ha, Vita TV beat up Xbox 360, and so did the good ole PSP. PS3 is still thriving pretty well. Ok, done with my thoughts for now.

The Vita is a full two years older than the PS4. Wouldn’t it make more sense if the PS4 had more sales. Especially considering: 1. More people want to buy it, and 2. It is way younger.

Then the question, could this be to blame on PS4 stock shortages? It could fully well be, and I assume it will be at least another month until Sony catches up with demand.

Essentialy, these sale figures could mean nothing. But they might. In terms of money, the PS4 and Xbox One a pretty much on par with each other. In terms of units sold, the PS4 has a slight lead. We’ll have to wait until the 17th to no how it is now. But as always, the console wars rage on.

That’s all for now from me, The Jay Doctor. Why do you think the Vita is outselling the PS4? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter where I can be contacted/followed @The_Jay_Doctor, using the handy links below.

Source: Gaming Blend

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Massive Sale: PS4 and Xbox One Games for 50% Off on NewEgg http://wololo.net/2014/04/14/massive-sale-ps4-and-xbox-one-games-for-50-off-on-newegg/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/14/massive-sale-ps4-and-xbox-one-games-for-50-off-on-newegg/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:28:18 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19230

There are some pretty great deals on the NewEgg site. You can get Killzone: Shadow Fall for $28.

Here are some of the PS4 deals you can get on NewEgg. In addidtion to Killzone: Shadow Fall, you can also get Knack for $28. At $7 dollars more, sit NBA 2K14 and the Skylanders SWAP Force Pack.

For those that own an Xbox One, fell free to get Calll of Duty: Ghosts for $30, and NBA 2K14, Battlefield 4, Need For Speed Rivals, Fifa 14, and Dead Rising 3 all for $35. Forza Motorsport 5 and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag were both out of stock at the time of writing, but may come back.

Other things you can pick up at this sale are PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U games (there are some good ones). There are also some sales on gaming headsets if you are looking for one of those.

Here is a link to the sale. For an additional 10% off, use promo code VGMADNESS1 during purchase.

That’s all for now from me, The Jay Doctor. Go get yourself some games! Feel free to contact/follow me on Twitter @The_Jay_Doctor using the handy links below.

Source: GameSpot

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The 3.01 exploit games have returned to the PSN! http://wololo.net/2014/04/13/the-3-01-exploit-games-have-returned-to-the-psn/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/13/the-3-01-exploit-games-have-returned-to-the-psn/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:48:59 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19198

Ahh, welcome back :) pic.twitter.com/XINWpHWgyg

— The Z (@The_Zett) April 12, 2014

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.

Flashback: December 2013, TN-V eCFW and exploit games

The glorious PSP XMB running at a(ny) PS Vita, via TN-V eCFW

If we look back a few months, we can see that we’ve released basically every 3 weeks an exploit title, which can be used to trigger the TN-V eCFW at the firmware 3.01 (and below).

Despite being (partially) illegal, Sony removed the games from the download lists of their users (the illegal thing) and delisted it in the PSN store (the legal thing).

PS Vita exploit chart

People were unable to buy or redownload said games, to prevent, let us say ‘try to prevent’, them from accessing the TN-V eCFW, until their new firmware 3.10 (and 3.12) fixed the kernel mode exploit and every released usermode exploit for firmware 3.01, even some private ones, like Numblast.

If you had a corrupted backup, and were unable to re-enter the eCFW, now is the chance to redownload your exploit game, transfer it via a PS3 and finally re-use the eCFW, as long as your firmware is still 3.01 or below.

The exploit game chart is now updated, and even features an exploit for the most recent firmware 3.12, as long as you own the japanese exploit title, that was used to run the VHBL at firmware 2.61, and now also at 3.10/3.12, you are able to have both: Online services AND homebrew access.

The information about blacklisted / delisted PSP games, that used to be PS Vita compatible, has also been updated, which should help people to not buy an exploit game, which then can not be transfered to the PS Vita (anymore).

The blacklisting of previous exploit games is currently only present in the North American PSN stores, and does not affect the glorious EU PSN stores, whose exploit games are still transferable to a PS Vita.

Source via The_Zett (That would be me :P)

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$1000 in PSN Codes to win in Wololo’s 2014 Giant Easter Egg Hunt. Round 3! http://wololo.net/2014/04/12/1000-in-psn-codes-to-win-in-wololos-2014-giant-easter-egg-hunt-round-3/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/12/1000-in-psn-codes-to-win-in-wololos-2014-giant-easter-egg-hunt-round-3/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:23:15 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=18766 Two weeks ago we started the most Epic giveaway ever done on the scene: a huge Easter Egg Hunt with a total of $1000 in PSN Codes to be found on our website. Up to $250 could be found so far in various pages of our site. All of the PSN Codes so far have been claimed, and we revealed their locations in this thread on /talk

Today, I will hide an additional $250 in 25 eggs, pushing our total to $500. Although I have removed some of the already claimed eggs from the site, a few are still remaining, so to be clear, there might be more than 25 Easter eggs on the site, but some of them have been claimed last week. As for last week, the Eggs can be found in the following places: CF5J

There is no catch: the Easter eggs will be spread throughout the website, there is no need to register to anything and everyone can participate, simply by browsing the sections mentioned above. The trick, as in all Easter Egg Hunts, is to actually find the eggs. If you find one, snatch the PSN Code and redeem it on your Playstation account, done!

What the eggs look like might vary depending on my mood, there will be easy and difficult ones. Unlike real life eggs though, it is possible that you find eggs that have been found by someone else before you. In that case, the PSN code will of course not work a second time, so don’t get discouraged and keep looking.

If you find one of the eggs (lucky you!), use your natural bragging rights by claiming victory on our dedicated thread on /talk, or in the comments section below, or by shouting me a thank you on Twitter or on Facebook. Your support is highly appreciated! CENR

As part of this contest, we will also be giving away some PSN codes directly on twitter and Facebook, in a more “typical” “follow and retweet” fashion.

We will be hiding more and more eggs every day, until Easter Sunday where we will be concluding this contest with a bang.

The PSN Codes we give away are for US accounts. I’ve explained several times how and why you should have a US PSN Account even if you don’t live in the US. And once again, I recommend it!

$1000 will be given away in this contest until 4/20 (Easter Sunday) included. Have fun! MRFP

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The Best PSP/Vita homebrews for April 2014 http://wololo.net/2014/04/12/the-best-pspvita-homebrews-for-april-2014/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/12/the-best-pspvita-homebrews-for-april-2014/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:49:22 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19179

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:

 

10. Easter Game

Easter Game is a Lua-coded homebrew game, where the player’s objective is to catch the falling eggs being laid by the chickens onscreen. In all honesty, I think this one got some attention this month mostly because of our ongoing Easter Egg Hunt.

Easter Game can be downloaded here

9. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Battle

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Battle is a Beat em Up Homebrew Game which plays in the Naruto World up to the Newest Events! It is made by shaplayer in LUAPlayerPlus and is based on the Battalla ninja v2.5-Engine by tonos!

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Battle can be downloaded here

8. Open CMA

A patch by Virtuous Flame to prevent the PS Vita Content Manager Assistant from connecting to the internet.

The PS Vita comes with a system to copy save files that requires you to be connected permanently to the internet. This system is here to force you to update the Vita when a new version is available. In addition, it might be inconvenient for you to be constantly connected when you want to copy your files from and to the Vita. This patch is here to help you with this situation

Open CMA can be downloaded here

7. Wifihack

Cool application that calculates the default password for some routers. Developed by m.rr

Wifihack can be downloaded here

6. Daedalus

Nintendo 64 emulator.

Daedalus can be downloaded here

5. NesterJ

Nes Emulator

NesterJ can be downloaded here

4. Unofficial CAPCOM CPS2 Emulator for PSP

An unofficial mod of CPS2PSP, the CPS2 Emulator made by NJ. Supports eCFW.

Unofficial CAPCOM CPS2 Emulator for PSP can be downloaded here

3. Mad TV (Fullversion) Eng/Ger

MAD-TV

A PSP port of the Management Game.

Mad TV (Fullversion) Eng/Ger can be downloaded here

2. Fast loader

Used to load isos, can also dump umds, with the ability to split them into parts.

Fast loader can be downloaded here

1. SGKeyDumper

Lightweight simple plugin to dump a game’s savedata key.

SGKeyDumper can be downloaded here

Also check the following!

The entries below didn’t make it to the ranking this month, but were close, check these out:

Also check our huge list of emulators for your PSP/Vita, and our top 50 Vita / PSP homebrews in 2013!

Check out our huge emulators database for your Vita and your PSP!

 

What would you recommend to fellow PSP/Vita owners? Feel free to add your homebrews in our database and vote for your favorite ones!

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Fan-made PS Vita UI concept. What do you think of it? http://wololo.net/2014/04/11/fan-made-ps-vita-ui-concept-what-do-you-think-of-it/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/11/fan-made-ps-vita-ui-concept-what-do-you-think-of-it/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:37:46 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19166

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?

The PS Vita UI isn’t the most attractive, or efficient UI. This industrial designer, after buy a PS Vita, decided that he might as well redesign it. Here are his project details in his words:

I’ve bought PS Vita recently and instead of playing games, I’ve started to redesign the UI over few weekends.

PS Vita original UI is such a pain for me. It have some nice animations, and sometimes looks cute, but the clash of the hardware and software is so obvious :)

Other that that, I hate how Vita tries to act like a smartphone. It’s a gaming device with games in the center of attention. That’s what I wanted to achieve – look and feel that fits to the hardware and more game-focused character.

The takes in a bit of the console XMB style, and a bit of an original style. Here is a video demo of the UI in action:

It’s great, isn’t it? So much more…better. You can check out his project page here (I would recommend) and show your support. The question: Which one do you prefer?

or

That’s all for now from me, The Jay Doctor. Answer the above question in the comments, if you please. You can also contact/follow me on Twitter @The_Jay_Doctor using the handy links below. I’ve added a PlayStation mention button, if you want to let them know about this project. Maybe they could allow people to create their own UIs using PSM?

Source: CVG

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Do you need a new exploit release? http://wololo.net/2014/04/10/do-you-need-a-new-exploit-release/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/10/do-you-need-a-new-exploit-release/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:15:36 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19148 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.

I have enough data now to estimate that more than 10% of the PSP games have an exploitable vulnerability in the form of a buffer overflow or similar simple flaws. So user mode exploits are not the problem here, but kernel exploits are much more rare.

Porting usermode exploits to VHBL is not extremely difficult, but the results vary depending on the exploited game. And VHBL is limited in the homebrews it supports because it is usermode. That being said, VHBL generally supports the most popular homebrews and emulators.

Image thanks to whitehawk on neogaf

Image thanks to whitehawk on neogaf

The question for the community here is, should we try to have more VHBL releases in the months to come? Is it worth it? Should we wait?

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“The Last of Us” is Coming to PS4 http://wololo.net/2014/04/10/the-last-of-us-is-coming-to-ps4/ http://wololo.net/2014/04/10/the-last-of-us-is-coming-to-ps4/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:07:10 +0000 http://wololo.net/?p=19074

During an interview with the Turkish CNN, Sercan Sulun, Software Marketing Manager of Sony’s Eurasian division, had a bit of a lip-slip. The game has also been accidentally listed on a Spanish game retail site.

Wondering what exactly Sercan Sulun said? Here you go:

There is no information about a new The Last of Us game but I can share this knowledge: As of this summer, The Last of Us will be on the PS4. Both on PSN and physically

He afterwards added that the game would include the Left Behind DLC, have improved graphics (it’s going to be beautiful), and most importantly, it would be a definitive version.

What was Sony’s reaction to this? When approached by Joystiq, they spoke out with the usual corporate style of denial:

At no time have we announced that The Last of Us is coming to PS4 and therefore, have nothing to say on the subject.

Oh really? Then why Sony, was a The Last of Us PS4 version listed for pre-order on a Spanish game retail site?

XtraLife, before taking it down, had the game listed as The Last of Us “Complete Edition” for €65 ($89.66) with a release date of June 19. The game included the Left Behind DLC and a one-strap backpack. Now, when you navigate to the URL where the game was listed, you get redirected to the sites main page.

Eventually, Sony caved in and announced on their blog yesterday that yes, the Last of US is coming to the PS4, in “Summer 2014″.

That’s all for now from me, The Jay Doctor. How do you feel about The Last of Us coming to PS4? Let me know in the comments, or on Twitter where you can contact/follow me @The_Jay_Doctor using the handy links below.

Sources Joystiq, playstation blog,and GameSpot

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