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 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:

VitaDoom on HENkaku

VitaDoom on HENkaku

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.


476 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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  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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