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.

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.

 

479 Responses

  1. I made a mistake and updated to firmware 3.60. I only have two psvita games and dont have money for buying more. and my old psp was stolen. Please some hacker do a cfw for 3.60, im sick of playing the same two games on vita, when i could play like dozens using psp mode, psx and gba.

  2. Sheldon says:

    Backing up 2.02 firmware and using the backup file on another ps vita thats on 3.60.
    I bought a used ps vita with a bad charging port but also have a mint one.. The same model. Can i create a backup from the broken ps vita and apply the backup to my ps vita on 3.60. Thanks in advanced!

  3. PSP Modder says:

    Is there anything I can do if my vita is running 3.60?

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  6. ty says:

    Just got a ps vita its at firmware 3.60 can someone help me jailbreak it

  7. Francis M Camballa says:

    Good Good Day, I have A Ps vita 3.55 firmware with hack Ark by with Game hack Mimanar Iyar Chronicle, And My i have ps4 firmware 3.55 i cannot remote play it said i must update my ps vita. Question: If i update my ps vita to 3.60 to play remote play. It will gone my exploited hack by Ark? Plz help . Plz reply tnx

  8. Francis M Camballa says:

    Good Day, I have A Ps vita 3.55 firmware with hack Ark by with Game hack Mimanar Iyar Chronicle, And My i have ps4 firmware 3.55 i cannot remote play it said i must update my ps vita. Question: If i update my ps vita to 3.60 to play remote play. It will gone my exploited hack by Ark? Plz help . Plz reply tnx

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  11. Theron says:

    Someone should state that hankaku FTP only works with wifi, that or someone needs to point me to some location that has a solution because eight hours of searching has given me nothing but dead ends…

  12. Kaitie says:

    Hello all! I recently did the henkaku process and have vita quake up and running. I would like to have VHBL on my vitatv as well but i used a fresh psn account to avoid the ban. My question is can i put VHBL on using henkaku witout a psp game. I have no exploits to use.

  13. ihab says:

    Hi, I want to buy a ps vita and jailbreak it. My question is if you jailbreak do you lose PSN because I dont have a lot of money and I want to get games on it and play online.

  14. Bravo124801 says:

    Awww man no fair i got a Ps Vita 3.61 is anyone working on getting a home brew to work on that one ?
    I always miss the boat it seams lol pleas let know when Henkaku is avalable for 3.61 thanks.
    but its ok i got my psp for now though, just want to put all my games on one console.

  15. Bayu says:

    It’s about time. iso loader for ps vita ver. 3.60. i want it. can someone build it for me, please.

  16. digidude2008 says:

    just brought a ps vita on 3.57
    now how to proceed?

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