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:
- 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)
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.