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 and above

If you want to hack your PS Vita 3.61 or above, please stay tuned. There is no publicly known way to hack your PS Vita 3.61 at this point.

It is unlikely a hack will be released for firmware 3.61 anytime soon (it took 5 years for the 3.60 hack to be released), the recommendation for now is to buy a PS Vita running 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)

Vita “Native” Hacks (Firmware 3.51 and below)

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 3.55 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 3.55 and lower

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.

 

462 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 :>

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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 🙂

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