Vita Custom Firmware for dummies

You just got yourself a new Playstation Vita, and are looking for a Custom Firmware solution? Then bookmark this page, as it will be kept up to date with the latest, greatest, and simplest solutions available.

Although there is currently no “native” CFW solution for the Vita, solutions exist inside the PSP emulator of the Vita, which give you various levels of homebrew/backup access.



If you are lucky enough to own the right game and be on the right firmware (currently 3.01 or less), then Total_Noob’s “CEF TN” or Pro Team’s “ARK” are for you. You can download CEF here, and ARK here. CEF and ARK are basically Custom Firmwares for PSP running in the PSP emulator on the Vita. They offer optimal homebrew compatibility, as well as iso support.

If you can’t run any of those (either because you don’t have the right game, or because you have a recent firmware), an alternative to Custom firmwares is VHBL, assuming you are lucky enough to grab the exploited games when they get announced. VHBL is only a partial solution, as it only allows you to play a subset of PSP homebrews on the Vita.

One drawback is that all these solutions require you to purchase an “exploitable” game on the PSN when it gets announced. We regularly announce names of new exploitable games on this blog, so stay tuned if you didn’t get the games in time. In 2012 alone, 8 such game exploits were released.

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260 Responses

  1. ivoweb says:

    hamad
    u dont via ps3 if it asks for update
    u dont via ps3 that is
    u can do it on the vita itself with fooling the vita its the latest firmware
    via ps3proxyservergui u can hotlink edit the update.xml file and reflect ur firmware as latest
    then u can go into ur downloadlist or even store again
    and get the psp game and exploit u always wanted
    for the savegame to transfer u do need a opencma tho (one that correlates to your firmware)

    • mj3 says:

      “u can do it on the vita itself with fooling the vita its the latest firmware
      via ps3proxyservergui u can hotlink edit the update.xml file and reflect ur firmware as latest”

      Any chance you could write a guide on how to do this?

  2. timal says:

    Bonjour j’ai une ps vita avec la derniere mise a jour possible j’aimerais pouvoir jouer a pokemon tu peut m’aider ?

  3. Timal says:

    Je ne trouve plus le jeux exploitable sur le psn EU et JP ( Mystylist, Space Invaders Extreme…). Esqu’il y en à un nouveau que je peut trouver actuellement ? ou il y a t’il une autre façons merci …

  4. Timal says:

    D’accord merci wololo dans combien de temps vous penser qu’il seras annoncer et en “vente” ?

    • wololo says:

      Je n’ai pas d’info pour le moment. Quand j’en saurai plus, ça sera annoncé sur le blog suffisamment longtemps en avance

  5. Souledge says:

    Sorry to bother you guys, but for some reason pressing the touchscreen doesn’t bring up the Psp-homescreen. It used to do it, but I think after the latest TN-V update, it can only quit my games by shutting down ecfw and rebooting my exploitgame :-S. I tried pressing start+select, but that doesn’t bring it up either. Does anyone know what the problem here might be?

  6. Lunzren says:

    How come there’s still no cfw? its been like two years.

  7. timal says:

    Je voulais s’avoir c’est toi qui lance le jeux sur le PSN ?

  8. timal says:

    Si c’est possible j’aimerais également s’avoir si tu avais un lien de chat instantanée style Skype Facebook…. Pour que je puisse te poser quelque questions qui me trote ^^

  9. FlamingSnot says:

    So yeah I have been out of the loop for a while and don’t know anything useful about “hacking” other than copy and pasting things onto memory sticks…. But just to be clear the VITA hacks so far just make it think it is a PSP, but does it still run faster than a PSP so if a DS emulator ran on PSP it would run faster on VITA? I understand I have done nothing to contribute and I am by no means complaining I just want to ask a question where it may or may not be answered. :)

    Thanks Wololo for the cool blog! this is where i always go to check up on PSP and VITA news! Keep it up please :D

    • Souledge says:

      Honstely, I’ve tried Snes emu on Vita and on Psp. For some reason, on psp they work smoothly, but on vita, I get a lot of framerate issues, graphical issues on some of the games. But that’s just my experience.

  10. Vesio89 says:

    I’m having problem on my 3.01 PsVita. It’s about i week that it doesn’t recognize usb connection and i’m unable to use OCMA, but it charges no problem. So, stupidly, to pass some isos and plugins i plugged the memory in my other PSV that’s on OFW 3.10 and of course when i put it back in the 3.01 it doesn’t recognize it anymore and want me to update to use it or format. I’ve no problem to format it, cause i have king of pool backuped on my pc, but what could be the problem that my pc doesn’t recognize it? It doesn’t play sound when i plugin the usb cable. I also factory resetted and database reconstructed it but still got the probl. And with the new update i cannot use proxies anymore to log back into the PSN. Should i search for someone that sell an unupdated 3.10 psvita??? ‘Cause i don’t think i can change only the usb module on psv mobo (i think it’s one block, right?)

  11. Bigbones87 says:

    So, if I read this correct then I am pretty much screwed on getting “Cfw” on my vita. I just bought it today, and it is on 3.01 firmware, but all the exploitable games have been yanked from psn, and I wouldn’t be able to download a psn game anyway, seeing as I would have to update first…correct?

  12. Crayvor says:

    Bonjour Mr. Wololo, j’ai une (ou plusieurs questions) au sujet du VHBL:
    Est-ce qu’il permet de seulement lire des homebrews (émulateurs entre autres) ou aussi de jouer à des jeux PSP?
    Et autre questions: est-ce que les jeux contenant la faille sont tous gratuits? Car ça m’embêterais de payer encore les jeux que j’ai déjà achetés sur PSP (et ils sont nombreux :( )
    Merci par avance, j’espère que vous n’êtes pas trop mauvais en français. :/

    • wololo says:

      - VHBL lance seulement des homebrews, pas d’isos PSP
      - Les jeux exploitables sont quasimment toujours payants, il n’y a pas de jeux gratuits sur le PSN.

  13. animegame says:

    bonjour mr Wololo; est-ce qu’il existe des jeux originaux vita ‘exploitable’ en version disque, ou on doit necessairement passer par le PSN ? merci

  14. SyafiqKilljoy96 says:

    hi all..i just recently found out about this website and i think this is great..i have a ps vita add me {Syafiqkilljoy96}..i have a few question that i hope to be answer…..1st does the eCFW stable and can it play all psp games? i once have a psp but now the joy stick its broken..i got a lot of psp game in my pc and i dont want to re-buy it just to play on vita T_T…2nd doest it work on 3.18? and last can someone direct me to list of exploited game?

    sorry for my bad english…second language

  15. avj says:

    is there an firmware for ps vita 3.18

  16. Erik says:

    I dont know…But what i do know you got to own the game and you need an save file, that is custom firmware.
    Or i think thats is how it works am i right?

  17. miqdame says:

    Hai. My psvita updated to v3.18. So is it really possible for me to have psp emulator on my psvita??

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