PSVita News: SKGleba releases psp2hfw, a toolset for creating Hybrid Firmwares – You can use Ensō on 3.67+, dual boot and test stuff on different firmwares easily!
It seems that as the PlayStation Vita gets older, interesting developments are becoming more numerous with a significant amount of work going making a native Nintendo 64 emulator and the ability to use the PSP’s MIPS CPU found on the Vita’s motherboard in native homebrew to which some stuff could be off-loaded especially in emulation of MIPS-based systems. In this article, we’ll be looking at yet another interest development which is SKGleba’s psp2hfw!
What is psp2hfw?
As the article’s title makes clear, psp2hfw is a toolset by SKGleba for the creation of Hybrid Firmwares.
For those wondering what a Hybrid Firmware is, in the Vita context it refers to running a firmware with a different boot loader version such as using the FW 3.65 boot loader with FW 3.68 or FW 3.73. When it comes to an explanation of how things work, SKGleba has stated on Reddit that Hybrid Firmwares in the aforementioned manner are possible due to the fact that bypassing RVK checks allows anything in the ‘os0’ and ‘vs0’ partitions to be run.
SKGleba mentions that using psp2hfw is risky as it messes around with os0 but using enso_ex greatly reduces the risk of bricking your console since it allows you to recover from ‘os0’ mess-ups even after a full wipe of sectors from 0x80000 onwards.
What can I do with psp2hfw?
As mentioned above, using psp2hfw can be risky so it’s not for the fainthearted or people who don’t know what they’re doing. With this in mind, let’s go over some of the most realistic uses including:
- Running Ensō on Firmware 3.67 and newer
- Henkaku Ensō only supports FW 3.60/5 as it’s based on a bootloader flaw
- This allows you to have hacks without having to run the exploit manually each time you boot the device up!
- The ability to dual boot firmwares provided you have SD2Vita
- This makes testing across different platforms much easier and could be convenient to some
- Using it in conjunction with hypothetical future firmwares like FW 3.74 or FW 3.75 if these firmwares patch exploits that are already in use thus making them hackable.
To learn more about psp2hfw and read instructions on how to use it, check out the link below although it’s of utmost importance to remember that using it requires you to know what you’re doing else you may damage your device. In other scenes, Cemu 1.18.1 was publicly released and Lockpick_RCM 1.8.2 is out with support for the recently-released Switch FW 10.0.0
SKGleba’s Twitter (future updates): https://twitter.com/skgleba
psp2hfw GitHub Repository: https://github.com/SKGleba/psp2hfw