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.


509 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!

    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?

  10. Povka says:

    I ordered a PSTV a few days ago. It’s used. It may even come in newer than 3.60 firmware, but just in case it doesn’t I’m interested in this hack.
    Can I connect to PSN and use trophy sync, PS Store etc. (I know someone said something about spoofing, but I don’t get it)
    It would be nice to play pirated games, use USB instead of memory card and get trophies for my PSN ACC as well, but if Sony bans people for that…
    Is it safe? I want an honest answer (if some of you have used hack online for at least half year and not banned than that’s good enough for me)

    • KingRevoker says:

      It’s complicated, but you will not be able to download/play your PURCHASED vita games, the consoles are deactivated if not on latest firmware forcing you to use pirated games. Several other aspects are also bunk with a deactivated console. I believe this is going to be temporary and that they are working on getting around this, but it is still an issue. To answer your question, I have used henkaku since day 1 and have not been banned.

    • Jeffrey Walker says:

      I wouldn’t go online especially if u have alot of trophies, I don’t care wut people say. I got banned 5-6 years ago & I’m still heated about it. Now I’m a Xbox one x person now.. ps tag jkilla19713(banned account) jkilla19711 working ps gamertag. jkilla19713 Xbox gamertag hit me

  11. Chucky O. says:

    Hello, so I have a 3.67 PS Vita, and Im looking to get KH: BBS regular or final mix, can anyone help me figure out a solution.

  12. Paul says:

    If you downgrade then i heard if you can get the cfw on your ps vita that you can run old psp games.

  13. mok says:

    oh welp, i think i cant access it at all, because i think i tinkered around the last time in a wrong area(maybe i deleted the tai folder from the wrong area?) anyway, i cant access anything at all.
    is there any way to restore my vita? 🙁

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