Vita Half-Byte Loader

What is it?

Vita Half-Byte Loader is a homebrew loader HBL for the Playstation Vita, running through the PSP emulator on the Playstation Vita.
For the latest news about Vita Half Byte Loader, check the VHBL Category on this blog.

Half-Byte Loader (HBL) is an open source Homebrew Loader for the Sony PSP and the PS Vita. It allows to play fan-made games on any PSP and PS Vita. HBL allows to run emulators for the Game Boy, Nintendo 64, Sega Megadrive, NES, Super NES… and many other applications.


  • VHBL does not technically allow you to play any pirated PSP or Vita games.
  • Although VHBL is free and open source, the current version relies on vulnerabilities in specific PSP games that you need to buy from the PSN. VHBL comes with no guarantee, especially I cannot guarantee it will work on your Vita, so remember that you pay for a PSP game, and not for anything else. I do not do refunds for the money you gave to Sony :)
  • It is super easy for Sony to patch the vulnerabilities used by this tool, given the amount of control they have on the PS Vita. VHBL runs fine and is extensively tested, but for all I know it is possible for Sony to patch the game’s vulnerability without a firmware update. So, once again, before buying the game and downloading VHBL, you need to understand that you pay for the game, and VHBL is a bonus that might or might not work.


The Version of VHBL you need to download depends on the PSP Game you own. Click on the game you own to get redirected to the appropriate download page (the download page of each game also contains installation and usage instructions). Currently, VHBL is available for the following PSP games:

Sony’s strategy so far has been to remove these games from their store, and put them back once the Vita firmware is patched. Most likely, if you didn’t buy the vulnerable game(s) in time, you will not be able to run VHBL. But we are regularly bringing more exploits to VHBL, so stay tuned on this page for further updates.

779 Responses

  1. Sakke

    I just bought new 3G version of Vita, fw 1.6

    I did update to 2.12 because i could not to connect to store to redeem my free game codes… Is all hope lost now cause i updated? There seems to be very confusing information about firmwares.

    • wizardinblack

      If you are on 2.12 then PERFECT! you can use VHBL and take advantage of some extra ram 😉 Only problem is, you will have no access to any PSN features, (unless you have a PS3 and open CMA, then you can download games to your PS3 and transfer them to your Vita) So basically, you CAN get VHBL, and i would not recommend updating… I wish i didnt lol.

  2. Why

    Where is download link

  3. Raymond

    im on 2.12 but can you give me the link to patch my own game so i can play homebrew games. i really miss seeing that psp screen

    • Slender

      They tell people to buy a PSN card and make them wait forever for no apparent reason..

      • wololo

        There are good reasons for that, one of them being that we now have to spread the ninja release to about 40’000 people, when it used to be 5’000 last year.
        Another reason is that I was on holiday last week, which delayed several things.
        Don’t worry, it’s coming

  4. Slender

    Ofcouse they don’t care because they all have unreleased version of VHBL..

  5. Christian

    Wololo…is it possible that I pay you to get the exploit early.

  6. Dr. Metropolis I agree. Christian don’t ask for those type of things and pay for it. You’re crazy


    Im still waiting on this. Im on the edge of giving up on this exploit, im on 2.12 i believe and waiting for you ppl to release the hack for homebrew looking forward to playing snes, n64, gba and couple of HB apps im looking forward to using..dont forget the donate button! PEOPLE PLEASE NO PIRATING!

  8. Oscar

    An unexpected problem came up for me… I was trying to set the openCMA on my mac, installing the components in to the CMA folder but then when I was suposed to open as an adminitrator the file: RUN.BAT its just didn’t work since I don’t have the option to open it as an administrator. Furthermore, the new items that should be added to the CMA folder by opening the RUN.BAT file from the OPENCMA didn’t came up.

    What can I do? Is there any other version of opencma for a mac? or any other method to transfer the files into the psvita without being detected by sony?

  9. Freezing

    I got the latest exploitable game for the first time and wonder if there is a tutorial for how to use install VBHL

  10. Peter1983

    Im in australia and my directory of the saved game is split up into 3 direcories, which directory do i put the vhbl files into? Please anyone help :/

    • wololo

      What are the 3 folders you see?
      Also, when you don’t get any answers here, please ask on the forums, there are much more people there who can/will help you

  11. Peter1983

    could someone please tell me if im in australia is that a different version to the american game? Where do i put vhbl my directory is split up into 3 parts? Please someone help?

  12. Peter1983

    omggg please someone tell me am i wasting my time im in australia does vhbl work for my version please someone answer please!!!!

  13. Peter1983

    Oh wololo im sorry i didnt even see ur reply ive been looking in forums for help but i get lost in there im a scrub i know… the 3 folders i see are game.. license.. and sce_sys..

    Ive tried so many didfferent things using the american version + the eu version nothing works
    i feel dumb and stupid with all these people being able to figure it out quik smart im pretty sure ill be able to do everyhting if i could just get vhbl to work :(

    • wololo

      Hold on, where do you see these folders? Based on what you describe to me, you are already running VHBL on your console, and you are inside the VHBL menu, looking at the contents of your memory stick. Is my understanding wrong? Is your question really about how to run vhbl, or how to install homebrews once you are in VHBL? Can you upload a screenshot of these 3 folders you are seeing?

  14. peter

    this question is def about vhbl, they are my folders on my pc before i even start with the files u have provided. So basically in documents under ps vita there are 6 folders: app , pgame, psavedata, psgame psm and system.. in pgame is the 3 folders im talking about under a directory 3678eda8a34a0769. i def dont have vhbl on my game yet ive tried it so many times!!

  15. peter

    Am i completely on the wrong track about were to put vhbl?

  16. Peter

    Has anyone in Australia got it working?

  17. Salim

    They already took can gamocracy in US, is there any other way for 2.12??

  18. Hardmix0

    like to know what will be the NEXT game exploit?

  19. Mkombat94

    Hi Wololo every time i want to hack the ps vita i am to late for the game announcement how do i find out the released title’s on psn and how do i sign up, i really want doom & duke nukem on the vita.


  20. Way2much01

    Wololo, I’ve got the vhbl installed and running my problem I think my problem is that on my pc I”m only showing 1 game save? When I should at least have 3? Is there any way to show hidden files or something?

  21. apparition

    Mr. Wololo, how do I know which game to buy in order to use your exploit?

  22. dragonkid6

    So many people looking for the fast track instead of doing any legwork beyond finding this site and then asking the simplest of questions…*sigh*

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  25. Victor

    Can someone give me a video or explain to me how to install homebrews everytime i open it up it says ‘ERROR! couldn’t find any homebrews PSP/VHBL/’ but i can’t even find that folder//

  26. GEoffrey

    I don’t get it :(

    I managed to install VHBL very easily

    I undrstood the INSTALL.ZIP

    But all the homebrews I tried never install

    It always says 5 or 6 files left and a very annoying sound comes :(

  27. omgzero

    HI Wololo…I have installed the VHBL and some emulators.But I find they are just in ms0:/PSP/VHBL.The problem is how could I DELETE them when I don’t need them.
    We can only delete the things in PSP/SAVEDATA on VITA.Am I right?

    • wololo

      Right. Try to use PSPlorer or PSPFiler to delete the ones you don’t need

      • italkgame

        Question: if I use 123 menu doesn’t that also allow me to delete homebrew (or other installed software) from the psvita, or does it just delete the files from my memory card.

  28. Biohazard90

    The arcade parts EU error, please can you repost

  29. KidSJ3

    So is there homebrew for 2.60? I’m confused and im also new to this page..

    • italkgame

      Yes thereis homebrew available that works with the 2.60 exploits. If I am not mistaken that is the whole point of vHBL.

  30. rakjak

    waht about 2.61

  31. mikel

    hello guys.. if i manage to install exploit for 2.12 in my ps vita can i play psp games? thanks

  32. killaG90

    im on a 2.61fw (since i wanted onine) and i wanted to know if there is any working exploits i can get. thanks

  33. Idetrorce

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  34. svek

    i got vita on 1.8, what are my choices to get this exploit?

  35. Dolanna

    I keep 2.12 fw, I want to know about games “Arcade Darts” , “Arcade Air Hockey” , they whether run on VHBL 2.12 system? (maybe games already patch and fix)

    1. Using PS3 to buy and download “Arcade Darts” or “Arcade Air Hockey”.
    2. Install “Arcade Darts” , “Arcade Air Hockey” from PS3 to PSV.
    3. run VHBL 2.12.

    could anyone give me solutions? thanks.

  36. jon

    so i got this ps vita vr 1.69.
    and followed the instruction to update to 1.80..
    my only problem now is that when i connect my vita system to the pc, and booted up content manager, the vita system asks me to connect my psn account to my vita, which I don’t want to.. is there a way for me to use content manager without linking my psn account?

    obviously i don’t have a psn account to begin with..

  37. Hamada

    how about Urbanix ?

    i cant run emulator with CFW

  38. Dany

    I need help. I don’t know what to do!
    I bought a ps vita 1 year ago, used it like 10 times, opened an account on PSN (on that time) but never used it. Today I turned on my ps vita and tried to connect to PSN and…
    “Access to the PlayStation®Network by this account has been banned or temporarily suspended”.
    As far as I read on google about this problem I understand that I can throw away my ps vita because from now on it’s useless :(
    My question is: In this situation, is there anyway I can put an exploit on my ps vita so I can play games on it? I have vr 2.61?
    I appreciate any help!!!

    • wololo

      You should contact Sony’s customer service, this is obviously a mistake and they should fix it.

      • Dany

        Thanks for your reply Wololo.
        Already done that. They said they have detected suspicious activity in my account and I will not be able to access my account again or create another account! They said they are sorry but there is nothing they can do and they can’t offer me further information about this problem. I don’t know what is wrong with this company anyway because I read on google and I am certainly not the only one with this problem.
        In the hope that I didn’t lost 250 GBP on my ps vita I will ask again:
        In this situation, is there anyway I can put an exploit on my ps vita so I can play games on it? I have vr 2.61

        • wololo

          It sounds tough given that you need your account to work in order to buy and install one of the exploitable games…

        • Yotsuba

          Why can you not create another account? I have had about 15 accounts banned for hacking my PS3 and running COD modded lobbies and I just make new ones.