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.

Vita “Native” Hacks

The best known Vita hack for the PS Vita was initially released in June 2015 and is called “Rejuvenate”. It works up to firmware 3.51. Details on how to install and run Native Vita homebrews and emulators can be found on our Rejuvenate page.

Vita hacks, in the PSP emulator (ePSP hacks)

Additionally, solutions exist inside the PSP emulator of the Vita, which give you various levels of homebrew/backup access. Additional hacks exist from within the PS1 emulator, which lets people play PS1 isos (with perfect sound compatibility, unlike other PS1 hacks within the PSP emulator)

If you are lucky enough to own the right game and be on the right firmware (currently 3.52 or less), then Total_Noob’s “TN-V” or Pro Team’s “ARK” are for you. You can download TN-V here, and ARK here. TN-V 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. TN-V hasn’t been updated for recent firmwares.

If you can’t run any of those (either because you don’t have the right game, or because you have a more 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.

Firmware 3.52 and lower

On Firmwares 3.52 and lower, it is possible to install VHBL and ARK through a hack in the email app. Details below:


PS Vita Hack history

Historically, many hacks 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. In 2014, more than 50 were announced. In 2015, several vita exploit games were announced for firmware 3.36.


343 Responses

  1. kaheem14

    Hey everyone i have a psvita running on 3.50 and im interested in putting cfw on it. ive done some research on this site but i was wondering if it would be possible to do this with a ps4, i do not own a ps3

    • reckless0

      Unfortunately no. The PS4 does not recognize the PS Vita (it does just says it is not supported) so, it cannot be used for the methods that require a PS3.

  2. sora0015

    hey wololo i have a new pstv 3.20 and i bought patapon 2, i cant get the psvitablocker to work cus i dont understand the instruccions right, i really need help, i just want to play some psp games please help me out

  3. renald

    thanks for the work !!

  4. Simon

    Hello, i have accidently updated to 3.52 firmware is there now no way to sideload games/ emulators on it?

  5. Neuro

    Does it work in 3.52 frimware 3.52


    Ahem, why isn’t PSM unity installing for me. I am using CMA because Open CMA isn’t working for me.
    My vita is running 3.50.

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  8. julie

    will this work for firmwares over 3.52?

  9. marconi

    i bought a ps vita 2nd hand and the previous owner updated it to 3.55 please help if i could still hack this to play my old ISO/CSO games on my PSP go… PLEASE HELP!!!

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  11. Jonny

    Is it possible to run emulator with firmware 3.55?!
    Can’t find information anywhere
    Please help

  12. scanda

    how can i download cfw.? can u send me link

  13. Mort

    So I must to pay to play homebrew? Or i cant play homebrew on 3 55?

  14. Luis

    hey everyone, i´m still a noobie, recently bought a psvita with the firmware 3.36 is possible today conect psvita to psn with the vita update blocker?, i have issues with the ps3 wifi transferance help me please!! ahh also the usb cable dont work for me, i have windows 10…

  15. Gerald

    this cfw work for ofw 3.55?

  16. skunk919

    hi guys, is there really no way of hacking the psp side of the vita without buying or downloading an exploit game? my vita is just a gift, i dont really have the money to buy vita games here in our country which is VERY expensive :( i just wish i could play my vita as a psp, never even had a psp my whole life hehehehehehe, yeah, i know, im sorry, we’re not rich.

    • fnoobee

      Depends on what FW you’re on. 3.52 and below there’s an email hack that doesn’t require an exploit game. Once upgraded to 3.55, only way as of now is using the 3.55 qwikrazor exploit for Mimana Iyar Chronicle (about 9.99 USD). :( Sorry…

  17. dario

    hola tengo el firware 3.55 puedo hackearla para meterle juegos ?

  18. Amy

    I downloaded firmware 3.55. Am I able to still play ps one games ? If so how do I do it ? What do I need to download ?

  19. Sarij

    I just got done playing some Ocarina of Time on my vita with great fps. 1.80 ofw using the monster hunter exploit to load VHBL. Also works great when playing old pokemon games with the gba emulator! :)

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