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.

Hacks for PS Vita 3.61/3.63 and above

Although there is no “native” jailbreak for PS Vita 3.63, you can still run PSP homebrews and backups on the latest firmwares, thanks to psvimgtools. Check here our article to install the ARK ePSP Custom Firmware on your PS Vita.

However to enjoy the full native hack (HENkaku, see below), 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.

PS Vita 3.60 Hack (HENkaku)

HENkaku is the Homebrew Enabler for PS Vita 3.60, and probably the easiest way to hack your PS Vita. HENkaku lets you run Native Vita homebrews, as well as PSP homebrews through VHBL. See the following resources to install it and get started:

VitaDoom on HENkaku

VitaDoom on HENkaku


Vita Hacks on Lower Firmwares (3.5x and below)

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.

There exist other hacks for lower PS Vita firmwares, but at this point we simply recommend you update to 3.60 as explained in the paragraph above, as pretty much everything that used to be possible on lower firmwares (including PSP homebrews and backups) is now doable on Firmware 3.60.

PS Vita Hack history

Historically, many hacks required you to purchase an “exploitable” game on the PSN when it gets announced. In 2012 alone, 8 such game exploits were released. In 2014, more than 50 were announced. In 2015, several vita exploit games were announced for firmware 3.36. We regularly announced names of new exploitable games on this blog, but this trend has pretty much stopped with the HENkaku release on firmware 3.60.

 

481 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    Hey, i didn’t see this new jailbreak, and i updated to 3.61 🙁
    I searched LONG LONG hours in the internet how to downgrade my system back to 3.60 or back more.. I got some sites, they said i can do it, and they have a step by step tuto, and i downloaded the files to do so but it’s password protected (fukkin surveys )
    I can’t believe and i don’t want to believe that there is absolutely no way to downgrade this fukkin vita. I’m very angry for myself 😀
    There is need to be a way. PLEASE HELP!!!!
    I got programming skills, but never worked with the Vita before.
    How can i go back to 3.60? I just thinking , that what if i restore my device? Is it going to restore a previous version system or be the same ?
    H
    E
    L
    P

  2. Yyu says:

    where is total – noob?. I want he crack my ps vita 3.60, I want plays psp game

  3. Captainkussh says:

    Can we start up a fund again for a contest to either develop a downgrade method, or get Henkaku or something similar working on 3.61? I can tell you right now for me it’s come down to a ONE SHOT situation. I’ll pitch $50 myself, and if nothing comes up, i’m going to just sell the Vita. I like the device, I just can’t convince myself that i should be paying $75 for portable games from a company that is clearly not putting a lot of effort into supporting a product outside of making it less and less friendly for homebrew.

    Is this something we can do? If 100 of us put in $50, that’s $5000. I’d rather put $50 into something constructive than a *** Vita game i’m never going to look at again after i beat.

  4. XxLeonxX says:

    can downgrade psvita 3.61 to 3.60 for can hack it whith henkaku? i need a downgrade

  5. john says:

    Please add dates to when the sections were added. I’m checking up on this stuff everyday and find myself 2 sentences in only to realize that I have read this one.

  6. ??666?? says:

    Hi guys. I want to buy a PS VITA but I have some doubts. Could you help me answering them?

    1) If I use henkaku, can i still connecting on internet with my vita? I need be connected in PSN to only use the vita on internet?
    2) Can the future games, released after the 3.61 firmware, be dumped to run on henkaku 3.60?
    3) Are the dumped games totally functional? Aren’t there any problematic issues like corrupt save files?

    Already thanks.

    • ??666?? says:

      Better english:

      Hi guys. I want to buy a PS VITA but I have some doubts. Could you help me answering them?

      1) If I use henkaku, can i normally use internet on my vita? Do I need PSN connection to use internet on vita?
      2) Can the future games, released after the 3.61 firmware, be dumped to run on henkaku 3.60?
      3) Are the dumped games totally functional? Aren’t there any problematic issues like corrupted save files?

      Already thanks.

      • Hello
        The Psvita 3.60 with Henkaku can use spoofer and connect to Psn,so it’s like 3.61.
        Dumped Games Are Fully Functional,but some games have savedata corrupted,but do not corrupt other savedata.
        Future games in 3.61 can be dumped on 3.60.But it require a “translation”.
        If you need Games click my name.

  7. Hamilton says:

    hi I don’t know much about this but I have a question. I also plan to buy a PS Vita, what do I have to do for this to work?

  8. CsSwanJJJ says:

    Hello, I want to know if I did this on 3.6.1 will it work? chances? and is there a way to make my vita 3.6.0 again?
    Thank you :>

  9. whoah this blog is wonderful i like studying your articles.
    Keep up the great work! You recognize, lots
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  10. Sims says:

    Long story short I updated my ps vita to version 3.61 and I know it cannot be undone. So now I am desperately waiting for the 3.61 hack .. anybody who knows when it’s gonna come or if u have any ideas about ps vita games which I can play for free. Please let me know.. ThankU..

  11. Shouyu says:

    where i can download PS vita ISO?

  12. Sector says:

    Is there any RSS functionality for this page? I don’t want to miss an exploit again.

  13. Chad says:

    I found this site for an install for Henkaku for 3.61+. i’m not sure if I should trust it. They want you to download a separate txt file that includes a password to unlock the zip which you need to complete a survey to do Anyone else try this and had success.. [scam site removed by mods]

  14. Shadowjesse626 says:

    Can i use the 3.60 hack on my vita 3.55?

  15. Kenneth Baumgart says:

    Ok, I found a program that unpacks the update files fro the vita and I did a l?t of editing to the code, I just need to find a program to repackage .PUP files to test it, does anyone know where I can find one>

  16. Dan says:

    Hey guys… I’ve just dusted off my PS Vita 1000 and checked it’s on 3.01 firmware… Didn’t realise you could hack it till 3 days ago… now… What is the best way to go about hacking this? I see heaps of options above… just wanted some eggs-pert opinions. Cheers 🙂

    • Muffinz47 says:

      connect to the henkaku server and update straight to 3.60. After that, just go to go.henkaku.xyz or even better beta.henkaku.xyz

  17. Mr. MaGoo says:

    OK so I just ordered a new ps tv and wanted to know what it the best route to take with this. I see options for a white list and also for Henkaku. Also I have a 2.02 wifi vita with the uno entry. Thoughts?

  18. Sam says:

    Hello Wololo ,

    First of all thanks for this comprehensive guide here. I did read up on the information above but needed some experts opinion before i move ahead and commit to any procedure.

    What I Have
    1> Ps vita with 3.51 official firmware(Current). I had modded my ps vita before getting on to 3.51 with TN-v using FIFA as the exploit game. I still have the fifa game with me but the mod got scr*** with the upgrade to 3.51 which happened by accident. Anyway now i have that fifa game and 3.51 official firmware.

    My Doubts
    Should i upgrade to 3.60 and go with henkaku route??? I would have done this except that i read an article on wololo here itself that henkaku does not allow me to play psp iso/cso and also another link here suggesting that it can be done with henkaku on 3.60 . Confused with conflict of info here regarding henkaku being able to allow me to play psp iso/cso directly or indirectly .

    Since i am on 3.51 , is it best to go for the native hacks like rejuvenate , ARK or others… Really confused here….

    What I need from VITA modding
    I need to be able to stay on the latest enough firmware along with being able to play psp iso/cso.

    Given my above simple needs , please suggest me the best route to take to do the same. Thanks for this community and everyone part of it in advance

  19. danosabob says:

    im in a pickle…vita only turns on in recovery,but ony option it alows me to choose is update….how can i get vita to recognise memory card with update if it tecnicaly has never seen beforer..and cant use usb because it doesnt recognise

  20. danosabob says:

    yes i have a soft brick

  21. dan says:

    February 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm
    im in a pickle…vita only turns on in recovery,but ony option it alows me to choose is update….how can i get vita to recognise memory card with update if it tecnicaly has never seen beforer..and cant use usb because it doesnt recognise

    Reply
    danosabob February 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm
    yes i have a soft brick

    Reply

  22. Aparadektos says:

    Hi.
    I have bought a viata and installed henkaku. in order to connect to ps store i must upgrade to 3.63. Can i still do it or there will be a problem?

    Keep up with the good work. Since Sony seems to have abandoned Vita, i hope there should not be any problems with that.

  23. Patc says:

    Hi my vita is on version 1.81 and uses the medblocketalpha exploit. I want to update my firmware but still keppy my system hacked. What should I do?

  24. Carlos says:

    When will TN-V ever comeback?

  25. Paco says:

    How do I completely uninstall Henkaku? And is there anything else I should do before updating my PS Vita to fw 3.6+

  26. D3NY says:

    Will this year be Henkaku 3.63?

  27. Mpl2014 says:

    If we make vita think its on lower firmware than 3.60 (or the .pup file on highter ver.) will be possible to “Downgrade upgrade”?

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