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) 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.

786 Responses

  1. ROB says:

    Would it be possible to bring an update out for VHBL on motorstorm to make it a little more stable?

  2. james says:

    Hi, thank you so much for packaging doom for us already, I am a bit of a simpleton when it comes to all of this and have been unable to reproduce this for any emulators of any kind. is it possible someone can package up some homebrew for us and put them up available to download? as the only thing ive been able to get running is doom (as you did it for me! haha)

    Also another potentially silly question, how on earth do i save in the doom game?

    • james says:

      I have answered my own question RE: doom if you push triangle and select it brings up the in game menu! For those of you who were also wondering!

  3. :o says:

    DarK Alex (DAX) were are youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu :*(

  4. aliman says:

    Hi guys,
    I don’t get why so many people hate the homebrew scene because homebrew doesn’t and mustn’t mean pirate stuff.
    You have to think of the PSP at it’s days without pirate stuff:
    We were able to watch Youtube, watch videos with unsupported codecs, play oldschool stuff like NES, have hobby coders code theirr own game for a handheld without having to be a coders from Sony to get famous.
    So, if we get access to the Vita (at least in user mode, that should be enough) for such stuff, we would be able to do more than the things which are able through the PSP emulator exploit, for example watch videos at 1080p (because the Vita is with it’s stats capable of this [quad-core@1,4GHz and better graphic chip than ipodtouch4g]), have more oldschool stuff like PSX emulator with savestates, N64 running at fullspeed with Conker’s bad fur day ;D, or even PS2 emulator running at half speed, running Homebrewgames made specially for the Vita (maybe with HD graphics).
    I think nobody is against something like this. I for my part don’t want the Vita to be cracked with pirate stuff in it’s first year on earth, but having a better video player than the built-in one or carrying two beloved oldschool consoles(or even more) without having to carry everything in a big bag would be very awesome.

    I hope you all get what I want to say 😀

    And thanks to the team who made the first homebrews able to be run on the Vita.

    aliman

  5. aliman says:

    no it isn’t, you ***.
    i, for my part, own oldschool games and like to play them on the go.

    some people just don’t want the vita to have homebrew >:(

  6. RabbitsJohn says:

    Hi, is it possible to get either Motorstorm Arctic Edge or Everybody’s Tennis now?

    Is there any option for someone who didn’t get the games at the time?

    I just want my emulators running…

  7. RabbitsJohn says:

    Can they be bought in the shop and used? I’m in Europe.

    • wololo says:

      Sorry, no. Please stay tuned on our forums. Forum members got the news in advance for both exploits and were able to buy the games up to 1 week before Sony removed them from the store, we might do the same thing for upcoming exploits

      • RabbitsJohn says:

        Thanks for the quick reply – is there one in the pipeline. The VIta is really missing the homebrew and PS1 titles…

  8. Yukita says:

    Hey Wololo
    wouldn’t it be possible to get an exploit in a demo??

  9. james says:

    Sorry guys i know i have posted this already but is there anywhere i can get the pre packaged homebrew as has been done with doom but for any other emulators? I have so far been unsuccesful in packaging the homebrew, even through the software that supposedly does it for you!

  10. jake says:

    if it was not for all the secorety that sony has got in the psvita it would be moch betry to do this i most of mit the way thay have done it is bokers needing ctm to move fils to the psv and so on remids me of the I pade lolyou can’t drag and drop like on the psp and psp go on lees some finds a way arond<<<

  11. jake says:

    sorry for the bade speling

  12. someone says:

    I only know it’s a newbie idea to rely on game by psn store. Just give up.

  13. waldo says:

    could u give a try on vice city stories i mean a lot of people have this game

  14. 2bizy says:

    hey, could u come to my house and mow my grass? it’s getting pretty high…

  15. meemee says:

    if i download motor storm or everybody’s tennis using torrents, will the exploit work? or do i need to jailbreak the ps vita?

  16. ZeDo says:

    hi,
    I have a question please VHBL run on (Everybody’s Tennis (EU)) (Motorstorm Raging Ice EU) {{{{ for card games }}}} not for psn download from
    and Thank’s

  17. ZeDo says:

    games Card for EUROP

  18. Hello_Indigo says:

    Thankyou!!! Finally a US version. been waiting so long for this.

  19. Jakub says:

    I dont understand why are you hacking vita,do you have money for that? We want new tituls and no new firmware to patch some hbl think–.

  20. Multiboy2k says:

    Well, Im GREATLY looking forward to the hack.
    I actually refunded my Vita. To me, it is virtually useless without Bookr(which I use daily), and the TONS of PSP games that I could NOT download in my OWN PSN Download List because I did not own a PS3. I felt totally cheated. My older psp has more functionality at this point.

    I will buy another Vita the very SECOND the hack is released and confirmed US PSN game is verified working.

    With that in mind,
    Wololo, PLEASE dont forget about me on the ninja list?

  21. xopher says:

    I would not release the name of the next VHBL compatible game until Friday. Sony is apparently incapable of taking games down until the next business day. This would give the largest amount of time for people to get the game.

  22. is that game free says:

    is free game ?

  23. is that game free says:

    well if is not usa and not free game i dont need thes hack

  24. happy free iso cso lover says:

    i theng some one day hack ps vita wod love free games onet us on my psp

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