The PS Vita 3.60 is now widely hacked thanks to the HENkaku hack. There’s lots of things you can do with you PS vita 3.60 but it can easily get confusing. Here’s a full guide with details on all features and functionality, ranging from the basics of installing the hack, to the most precise customization features.
This page will be kept up to date as new methods get revealed to get the most out of your hacked PS Vita
What if my PS Vita is not running firmware 3.60?
The HENkaku hack requires a PS Vita running firmware 3.60. We explain below what to do if your console is not running on firmware 3.60.
If your PS Vita is running on firmware 3.57 or lower, you can manually update it to firmware 3.60 in order to run the HENkaku hack. Beware to not use Sony’s automated update system, as it will update your PS Vita to the latest official firmware, which is not compatible with HENkaku. How to update your PS Vita manually to firmware 3.60.
Your PS Vita is not compatible with the HENkaku hack, and it is not possible to downgrade it to firmware 3.60. The trusted hackers behind the 3.60 hack have stated that it would most likely take years before a similar hack is released on the PS Vita, and there’s good reasons to trust them: it took 5 years for the HENkaku hack to see the light of day on firmware 3.60. Your best bet is to buy a PS Vita running firmware 3.60. The Borderlands 2 Bundle is recommended: If you buy it new it is confirmed to ship with a firmware 3.60 or lower. On 3.63, you can still enjoy limited hacks such as the possibility to run PSP homebrews and backups.
To hack your PS Vita on firmware 3.60 you need to go on the official HENkaku site http://henkaku.xyz on your PS Vita Browser. From there you can press the install button and the hack will be installed on your PS Vita, along with a utility (VitaShell). VitaShell lets you install PS Vita homebrews in the .vpk format, and also runs as an FTP Server (with the “Select” button) so that you can copy files from and to your PS Vita (you’ll need an FTP client such as Filezila installed on your PC). Our HENkaku FAQ gives more details on the installation and troubleshooting
If you’re not happy with having to re-launch Henkaku every time you reboot your console, you can install Henkaku as a permanent Custom Firmware on your PS Vita. It will persist through reboots and shutdowns of your console. In order to install Henkaku Enso (a process you only need to do once), just go to the official Enso page and follow the process. (It basically involves installing and running some homebrew once)
Although nobody has been banned for using a PS Vita hack so far, there are concerns that this might happen eventually. Some people recommend “disguising” your homebrew files (in particular VitaShell) to avoid raising suspicions. Other recommendations include using a different account than your normal PSN account, on the console where you are running HENkaku.
SD2Vita is a driver that lets you use a micro SD Card with your Vita. This gives you great storage for a cheaper price than the expensive proprietary memory cards. In order to use SD2Vita, you need a micro SD adapter which can be bought for cheap.
Utility VitaToolBox lets you do a bunch of cool things with your PS Vita: update registry settings (e.g. to swap the O/X buttons), delete your PS Vita’s history (to avoid sending unwanted logs to Sony’s servers), swap your memory stick to another account, dump your IDPS, or switch to IDU mode
The PSTV Whitelist is a trick on the PS TV that lets you play more Vita games than the device normally lets you. The PS TV has a whitelist of games and will refuse to start a given Vita game if it’s not in the compatibility list. This prevents you from playing Vita games that would normally play just fine on the PS TV. This trick solves that, by making ALL Vita games compatible on the PS TV. This also includes applications such as Netflix!
Sony have made it difficult to activate your 3.60 PS Vita. You might need an activated PS Vita for multiple reasons, including running some specific tools or games. Although the solution is not perfect, MLTActivator lets you activate your PS Vita without accessing Sony’s servers. Use at your own risk.