Vita Half-Byte Loader

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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/VHBL) 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. See here for a list of emulators

This page is specific to the Vita version of Half Byte Loader, VHBL.


  • VHBL does not technically allow you to play any pirated PSP or Vita games.
  • Although VHBL is free and open source, depending on your firmware some exploits rely 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 when you buy a PSP game on your vita, you pay for that 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.


For PS Vita Firmware 3.60, please follow this tutorial: Installing VHBL via HENkaku on PS vita 3.60

On lower PS Vita firmwares, 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/ Vita firmwares:

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.

If you’re looking for historical information on the original hbl for psp, check the hbl page

819 Responses

  1. rafael707 says:

    nice, hope to be one of the first to get HBL on my vita 🙁

  2. Jet Chen says:

    Is it a specific psp game we have to buy to use it or any psp game?

  3. schmammal says:

    One question; is the game good… cuz if it is a total crapfest that would suxxor.

  4. santos says:

    lol@ “any psp game” wololo: any chance I can get a pre – release. maybe test for bugs etc. Im on the forum username senas8. joined this forum over a year ago.

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  7. ChenPan says:

    I’m a chiese.You are very great!(我是中国人,你很棒!加油!)

  8. SIyan says:

    Hope this “game” is not so bad

  9. schmammal says:

    so yeah, does this game suck!? i don’t wanna have to by barby’s pony party…

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  13. chinese boy says:

    wait for the awesome day!!keep going!!dude

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  16. Jimmy says:

    Ya, personally. I cant imagine what will happen after u people crack the Vita, maybe others just jump into it n crash the game thing. But thanks for paying effort for it anyways~~ Hope u can success on the program, both for the hacker like u n the poor guy who can not pay their game like me~

  17. hfc1971 says:


  18. The world of the game player are in support of you, not for other, may buy 1~2 games, but the game economy ability to reach and buy game player is still very much. Although genuine support, but also hope that more effort to master, and hope that more can not afford to buy genuine game player can play the game desire.


  19. A 200-300 game coin, for the ordinary family, it is a luxury, but a love of the game of the heart, is the enthusiasm of each game player. The game business to sell the price, they are already very high profit, is not willing to put the game cheap, let more people to play good games. If the game is up to 50 ~ 80 yuan, believe that people will go and buy it.


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  21. meteorGX says:

    Hello, wololo.
    Somebody is always entangled in the ISO loading, please you to tough tone to illustrate the feasibility of ISO loading, otherwise some people always entangled in the ISO loading of what, thank you

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  23. BloodyDaisy says:

    keep on going!

  24. Jill says:

    少年V587 这下可以用vita看电子书了。。。

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  26. the boss says:

    your are vevy good,i support to you —the chinese

  27. lanxin says:

    i am going to buy that ps vita when it release in North America, i hope that i can play the ISO game of the psp and the ps vita game, we all support at you forever, just show your work, i believe that you can do it

  28. dane says:


  29. 亲爱的 wololo!我有个非常好的建议。对于发布VHBL。你提到会以另外一种方式发布给真正需要的人研究。你可以在博客里发布有真正需要的朋友,可以在你的博客里留言,然后你把vhbl发给这些需要的朋友的邮箱里。正常发邮件应该是没有影响的。希望各国大神来支持!
    Dear wololo! I have a very good suggestion. For the VHBL release. You mentioned will be another way to release to the real needs of the people on the. You can publish in the blog is really a friend in need, you can in your blog in the message, and then you put the vhbl issued to those in need of friends mailbox. Normal mail should be no effect. Hope that all great spirit to support!


    친애 하는 wololo!나 도 그 데요. 좋 은 제안 했 다. VHBL. 너 언급 에 대해 발표 할 또 다른 방식 으로 배 포한 것 을 정말 필요 한 연구 할 수 있 는 사람 이다. 너 블 로그 에 발표 가 정말 필요 한 친구 를 할 수 있 는 당 신의 블 로그 글 을 한 뒤 이 들 을 VHBL 당신 에게 필요 한 친구 의 e – 메일 보관 해 야 한 다. 정상 에게 e 메일 을 보 내 는 지장 이 없 는 되도록 대신 뒷받침 하 겠 다

    Chers wololo! — j’ai d’excellentes recommandations. Même si la publication de VHBL. Votre un autre moyen pour ceux qui en ont authentiquement besoin au blog. Vous pouvez, il existe une demande réelle publié, dans des blogs, puis vous à ces besoins VHBL amis. La boîte de courriers électroniques, ne devraient être normale. Ecclésiastique au grand séminaire espère que les états

  30. wat says:

    Although I don`t know more about your work,I support you.Everyone who can`t buy the PS Vita are looking forward to your groundbreaking work!

  31. lee says:

    Thx~ I wish i can run n64 emu at a full speed on psvita in future.

    I donot wanna to see “psv cracked”.because i donot wanna to see classic console die ~

  32. sky says:

    Come on, we support you, whether the result is good or not

  33. fiy says:

    居然这么多的中国人额 =w=、、

  34. 咸蛋超人 says:


    BTW, you are welcome to visit China, Chinese major gaming sites are always pay attention to you, I hope you continue to work hard, also hope to have more master and each shows special prowess. We hope that more support, ordinary people can also play a good game.

  35. syafiq tatsuya says:

    well it seem SO stupid that sony making umd passport for psvita that have to pay twice even though you have the umd….. right?

  36. zhuangyan says:


  37. syafiq tatsuya says:

    well whatever rafael and keep up the good work coldbird, wololo and anyone that making hbl for psvita 😀

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