Vita Custom Firmware for dummies

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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 3.61/3.63 and above

Although there is no “native” jailbreak for PS Vita 3.63, you can still run PSP homebrews and backups on the latest firmwares, thanks to psvimgtools. Check here our article to install the ARK ePSP Custom Firmware on your PS Vita.

However to enjoy the full native hack (HENkaku, see below), your best bet is to buy a PS Vita running firmware 3.60. The Borderlands 2 Bundle is recommended: If you buy it new it is confirmed to ship with a 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)

If your PS Vita is running on firmware 3.57 or lower, you can manually update it to firmware 3.60 in order to run the HENkaku hack. Beware to not use Sony’s automated update system, as it will update your PS Vita to the latest official firmware, which is not compatible with HENkaku. How to update your PS Vita manually to firmware 3.60.

There exist other hacks for lower PS Vita firmwares, but at this point we simply recommend you update to 3.60 as explained in the paragraph above, as pretty much everything that used to be possible on lower firmwares (including PSP homebrews and backups) is now doable on Firmware 3.60.

PS Vita Hack history

Historically, many hacks required you to purchase an “exploitable” game on the PSN when it gets announced. 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. We regularly announced names of new exploitable games on this blog, but this trend has pretty much stopped with the HENkaku release on firmware 3.60.

 

500 Responses

  1. gUn says:

    can I ask whether PS VITA wifi be henkaku

  2. Jesus says:

    This needs to be edited from VHBL to Adrenaline.

  3. vesra says:

    Will any of this work on Vita TV?

  4. Aaron Aceves says:

    Hi I’m interested in buying the neon orange ps vita from Japan but can it be hacked with HENkaku with 3.60 like the other Vitas?

  5. Znikomek says:

    Can i install game on henkaku, next put it on sd card, next move sd to other vita with 3.61+ and run it form that sd?

  6. Ady says:

    Please arck on 3.65

  7. Kotomine says:

    Damn it!!
    I just updated from 3.60 to the latest firmware!
    *Sigh*

    Ah well.
    I still have quite a few things to do so it will be fine.

  8. How install henkaku on PS vita 3.61 ,3.63 ,3.65
    Buy motherboard witch 3.60 or below (always read description and what firmware are )

  9. Fabio says:

    After having downgraded from 3.61 to 3.60, psvita no longer recognizes the memory card.
    How do I install henkaku without a memory card?

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