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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246 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)

  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.

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