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.

Disclaimer

  • 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.

Downloads


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.

781 Responses

  1. neuro says:

    i am looking for pool hall pro in psn store but i didn’t find it

    do we need exploit game????????????

  2. X says:

    Which games are suitable for use with vhbl now?

  3. X says:

    There vhbl for firmware 3.51???
    somebody please help me!!!

  4. renald says:

    thank u , i wait for try this!!

  5. Murfy116 says:

    Does it work on higher firmwares like 2.52?

  6. Murfy116 says:

    Does it work on higher firmwares like 3.52?

  7. martin says:

    hi my name is martin and im very new to ps vita hacks/mods ive dne everything in description but it loads screan goes white that normal going off vids ive seen but then it crashes and says error (c1-2858-3) by the way keep up the good work.

  8. Lennart says:

    Do I NEED to buy a PSP Game to download VHBL onto my Vita?

  9. r3try says:

    I’m not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to psvita, so sorry for my ignorance in this console. I bought a psvita pch-2006 v3.55. Can i run a psp emulator in my psvita?

  10. mrT says:

    Can I instal VHBL in 3.55? Since ark 2 is not working anymore in 3.57

  11. wololo says:

    Yup. Another billion visits and I can take an early retirement in about 400 years. Seriously though, when the release happens hopefully it will become clear to you why it happened this way.

  12. KabbourBoy says:

    Well Said wololo, keep working and no marcy for the viruses

  13. neuro says:

    does it need an exploit game

  14. neuro says:

    Does it need an exploit game or savedata

  15. X says:

    thank you for answer me. as well clear?

  16. Jacky-D says:

    Morals and justification aside, running commercial roms in emulators IS STILL PIRACY. Piracy is determined by law, not “i owned them as a kid on a cart, it broke, and so now i should be allowed to own the rom” justification.
    Don’t get me wrong, I play them too, but it still is piracy.

    You chose pac-man as an example. People are in fact still selling the original pac-man rom in many forms. The exact same compiled source code. Namco owns the rom and Midway releases it in the USA in many formats. These may be a joystick you plug into your TV with it embedded on a chip, or some MIDWAY CLASSICS console or PC release. Many of these types of releases use the same source code. This goes for many games.

    Even if a game isn’t “obtainable” any more, it is still classified as piracy to have the rom. Even if you owned the cart, or even if you still DO own the cart, it is piracy to own the rom unless you dumped that rom yourself from your own cart (and even then, it’s a legal gray area in many cases).

    Emulators are awesome, but don’t inform the masses that it is legal when it most definitely is not.

  17. Aaron says:

    No it isn’t. If you own a physical copy of the game, then it is perfectly legal to own a backup copy of any sort. Get your facts straight and maybe next time you won’t be ignored as a dolt. Is it really that hard to do a little research to prevent yourself from sounding dumb?

  18. Sin says:

    people are rude, impatient, and refuse to read ALL the given information. its sad @fabian hasnt walked into traffic for failing to read street lights

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