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. hardgamer says:

    can u give us any possible date when the 1.69 vhbl firmware coming out

  2. Sonyrebel22 says:

    People were saying that it was coming out today (8/7) but it’s not out so its still unknown

  3. Deva says:

    Hi Wololo,

    I don’t own any of those games you mentioned above. so, can I still use it on my PSV?

    Thank you 🙂

  4. Th0rtheg0d says:

    I can’t wait for PSV 1.80 to come out so this can be updated =] How long after the release do you think it will take to update VHBL?

  5. oartalk says:

    i am, interested in playing, Super Mario 64, on the psvita, with the screen-view, 4 by 3, or square like, as it, is, on the regular console. is the psvita, a good choice?

  6. jason says:

    i no this seem strange thing to ask but eny 1 no wot the socket on the top of the vita next to the game port is for

  7. Georg says:

    what should i do if i have the update version 1.69 on the psvita and how should i crack it????

  8. MuhdSyahmi_ says:

    *** i dont have any of those games

  9. Th0rtheg0d says:

    Any word on the release date to 1.80?

  10. Tobuscus says:

    i dont get it so you need one of those psp games to run vhbl >.>

  11. Reinechau says:

    So basically we can’t use vhbl if we do not have one of those games?

  12. Alex says:

    Hey, can anyone tell me please is there going to be full jailbreak for ps vita 1.69?
    Please write on my e-mail. THX 😀

  13. Th0rtheg0d says:

    So I heard that the PSVita Version of little big planet will be running 1.80 so that means it has to be out before September 25.

  14. kaas332 says:

    i read somewhere that 1.8 will be coming on the 28th of august on a few different sources

  15. Empirix says:

    Is there a way to backdate everybody’s tennis?

  16. Empirix says:

    Not Tennis Sorry, The PSVita Firmware. I own everybody’s tennis but my firmware is 1.6. I cannot buy super collapse because I live in Britain. Help!

  17. hardgamer says:

    wololo your testing my patience man im waiting, I’ve been waiting for 2 months man.

    • cormin says:

      let the man do his work.. he’s doing this for you completely free.. its mostly sony he’s waiting on, he releases at the right times so its best for most people

  18. rzrvk says:

    I just wanna play LEGACY OF KAIN: SOUL REAVER on my vita.. 🙁

  19. Th0rtheg0d says:

    Guys thats not going to make anything go faster. want an update make sony come out with 1.80. lol

  20. Jason says:

    Nice 1.80 is out but you still can’t ues ps1 games lol seems thay for got to add the ps1part lol

  21. jason says:

    NM i see it’s to morrow that they come out

  22. Randy is pseudo says:

    still waiting on wololo for the ok

  23. trey says:

    1.8 is out. What is the name of the game?

  24. oreo says:

    No new game?

  25. rzrvk says:

    1.8 update……. what next?

  26. Wow… I managed to buy 2 vita’s back when everybody tennis was available for a time frame of 8 hours(UK Version – I live in California) I didn’t know how many requests are now out there! Darn.. Thanks again Wololo and all the devs out there for your hard work!

  27. Jason says:

    I hope you find a beter way to run vhbl

  28. NinjaKakashi says:

    Love the work your doing keep it up… I want to hack my psvita because my psp go with hbl on it stopped charging for some reason and I wanna play GBA Pokemon hacked games on my vita:) I do own the original ROM’s so I’m not a sexy pirate:)

  29. mirko8054 says:

    Hi wololo, when 1.80 VHBL can be released?
    If you don’t want answear me pls give me the name of the game to do the VHBL..

  30. gabo says:

    c’mon wololo yo have been anounced the vhbl science the 1.69 release thats kinda 5 months so please dom make us all being waiting so much :l pleaseeee pleaaaseee i know yo cant give us a name for the game but you could always say us if it’s free or not

  31. Rgangsta says:

    Leave wololo alone. I dont see you guys making a version of vhbl. Let him work a his own pace.

    • NinjaKakashi says:

      Yes wololo is awesome and has probably put a lot of the work into this but honestly if I had the time to learn how(I know probably years I’ve never even properly looked into hacking)to make VHBL I would and I think many others possibly would but definitely let him work at his own pace…

  32. NinjaKakashi says:

    haha he has already made it but maybe members of this website already have it but what if a employee of sony got himself to be a member wouldn’t all of us suffer? How do we join i better check XD

  33. AkaTensi says:

    When VHBL will release for 1.8?
    I’m really want it!

  34. Darkanubis74 says:

    It would be prudent for anyone wanting information to join /talk. and remember to thank the devs when you get what you want

  35. Jordan says:

    At least someone is paying attention to the vita!

  36. Joe says:

    kids nowaday really has no patience and let the man do his thing lol

  37. Greg says:

    thx for the game W it works nice though the psp jailbreak even with 1.8 update. u rock!

  38. jason says:

    ??? sow wot happening with vhbl

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