SKFU reacts to the release of Firmware 3.30, confirms he can still run the package installer
So, right after I wondered if the scene was totally sc*** with firmware 3.30, SKFU made a statement in his own blog, and has some good news to share (kind of)
SKFU’s main point, and I think most people in the vita hacking scene will agree with him, is that if you’re interested in future development of the Vita hacking side of the force, you should stay on firmware 3.18 moving forward. From his point of view, there’s no good reason at the moment to update to 3.30: “If you waited your whole life for theme-support on the PSV, then you probably do need it. But that’s not the case for the majority in my view”, he adds somewhat sarcastically.
With the existence of a webkit hack in firmware 3.18 that could unleash interesting things for the scene moving forward, it is indeed probably not a good idea to update to 3.30 if you want to see your vita fully hacked sooner than later. The webkit hack, initially mentioned by Acid_Snake here, has been patched in firmware 3.30.
Last but not least, SKFU confirms that he is still able to run the Package Installer on firmware 3.30, something that nobody else so far has confirmed they could achieve. SKFU adds he also has a way to install pkg files without using the PKG Installer. I’m sure these secrets will stay well hidden until revealing them becomes useful for the scene, but this is really good news.