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:
- To install HENKaku, check our FAQ section (long story short: you need to visit the official page with your 3.60 PS Vita’s browser)
- Issues? Check how to fix error C2-12828-1
- Check our Vita 3.60 all-in-one hacking guide for HENkaku how-to’s, homebrews, emulator downloads, customizations, etc…
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.