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.


353 Responses

  1. kaheem14 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

    thanks for the work !!

  4. Simon says:

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

  5. Neuro says:

    Does it work in 3.52 frimware 3.52

  6. MEGAEONISE says:

    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 says:

    will this work for firmwares over 3.52?

  9. marconi says:

    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!!!

    • Assassin PSN says:

      Si es posible.. Si es que aún está disponible en tienda y ruega que si.. El juego Mimana Chronicle PSP mediante este juego puedes ejecutar el exploit yo mismo lo he echo desde el FW 3.55 ejecutó homebrews emuladores arcade y juegos PS1 sin problemas! Así que no todo está perdido.. Saludos

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  11. Jonny says:

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

  12. scanda says:

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

  13. Mort says:

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

  14. Luis says:

    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 says:

    this cfw work for ofw 3.55?

  16. skunk919 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    hola tengo el firware 3.55 puedo hackearla para meterle juegos ?

  18. Amy says:

    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. Carlos says:

    I have a PS vita 2.05 and want to upgrade to 3.18 however i cant find the 3 ofw files needed to update it because the websites are completely down. I would appreciate any help in regards where i cound find them

  20. Roaddog says:

    Hi guys,
    I’m on 3.51 now.
    I have bought a game which need 3.52…
    Should I stay on 3.51? Or update atm okay since 3.52 is also exploitable?

  21. Toni says:

    Se puede usar el.método P-BOOT com firmware 3.55 sin exploit?Gracias.

  22. Brce says:

    damn.I just updated to 3.55. Is there a way to downgrade ? thx.

  23. Kaiidth says:

    I have a psvita slim that came with the boarderlands 2 bundle. Is that hackable? I’m new to the whole thing sorry if this a dumb question.

  24. peter says:

    Hi I have ps vita 3g running 3.55 ofw.i want to hack it.i downloaded mimana iyar chronicle iso in my computer from can I install in ps vita .can I get some info or help plz.

  25. Andreas says:

    I have an issue with starting a game. I transferred Dragon Fin Soup from my PS3 to my Vita using the qCMA exploit but I can’t start the game cause it says I need 3.55 or higher. How can I work around this? What do I need to do to spoof the game into thinking I am already on 3.55 without updating? Don’t wanna update from my 3.52 cause I might wanna test the email hack later.

  26. Gino says:

    I have a PS Vita with firmware 2.x (can’t be bother to check the minor version lol) I heard that the best firmware is 3.18. should I update to that then to the TNV11 exploit?

  27. Bakura says:

    Stuck on 3.52 anyway of getting a Base game for the exploit or must I wait for the next “Hack”? Thanks. (I can’t get into the PSN store….. nor will my Ps3 grant me access)

  28. Sarij says:

    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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