VHBL For Arcade Darts, Arcade Airhockey & Bowling, Arcade Pool (& Snooker), & World of Pool

What is it?

Vita Half-Byte Loader is a homebrew loader for the Playstation Vita, running through the PSP emulator on the Playstation Vita.

This is the official VHBL download page for people who own a copy of one of the following PSP Games Arcade Darts, Arcade Airhockey & Bowling, Arcade Pool (& Snooker), or World of Pool, and a firmware 2.60 or lower. If you don’t own one of these game, or have a higher firmware, go back to the VHBL page to see if we have a version of VHBL working with a game you own.

Check the VHBL page for more details on this tool.


Choose the file that matches your game and your region:


Known issues

Not all homebrews will work with VHBL, head over to the gigantic VHBL Homebrew thread for details on what games work or not.

There is a bug with the default menu (wMenu) which might tell you with a red screen, something along the lines of:”Error! Couldn’t find any homebrews in ms0:/PSP/VHBL/ Please check your config file and/or restart VHBL”

If you see this error, don't freak out, just press LEFT TRIGGER

If you see this error, don’t freak out, just press LEFT TRIGGER

This is a known issue, and happens only as long as you don’t have any homebrew installed. To get rid of this error message, press the LEFT TRIGGER on your console, this will force wMenu to go to the SAVEDATA subfolder.

The issue is a simple one but I was too lazy to fix that. People with the right coding skills might want to have a look at the source of wMenu here and send me a patch.

alternatively, you can give a try to an other menu such as 138Menu here

How to Install and Run HBL on the Arcade exploits

  • It is *strongly* recommended that you turn of all wireless connections on your PS Vita, and that you use OpenCMA on your PC instead of the regular CMA. This is recommended because otherwise your console has a way to force you to upgrade the firmware even before you get a chance to use the exploit.
  • Extract the HBL archive matching your version of the game in your CMA PSP Savedata folder. It is a folder on your PC named PSSAVEDATA/[lots of random characters here]. If you don’t know where it is, check your settings in CMA
  • Connect your PS Vita to the PC through the CMA, it should give you the possibility to copy the savedata from your PC to the Vita. If not, you probably extracted it in the wrong folder. (Note: You will also want to install some homebrews with a similar technique, read the section below)
  • To run HBL, start the game, then load your savegame, and go to profile-> alter name (except for Arcade Darts where that step is not necessary). At this point, VHBL should start

How to Install and Run Homebrews

Installing homebrews on the PSP was an easy task. On the Vita, until better solutions are provided, it’s quite a pain in the ***.
The CMA will only let you copy savedata, and will not recursively browse folders.

To address this, HBL comes with a tool that can extract archives with a specific structure.

Packaging the homebrew for installation on the Vita:
1) download PSP homebrews from your favorite website
2) extract the homebrew somewhere on your hard drive, and with your favorite utility, zip it again with the store setting (no compression), in a file that you will name “INSTALL.ZIP” (uppercase is important). If your compression tool does not have compression options, I recommend 7zip.
3) take any PSP savedata (but not the one used for HBL!), and add the “INSTALL.ZIP” to that folder, in your PC CMA folder. so your PSP Savedata will look something like this:
in folder PSSAVEDATA/1a2b3c4def5678/UCUS12345000/ (or something like this) you will have the following files:

On this page you will find several pre-packaged homebrews that have already been prepared to run with VHBL.

1) run OpenCMA on your PC, and CMA on your Vita
2) copy the previously packaged SAVEDATA (see above) with your homebrew in “INSTALL.ZIP” on your Vita
3) run HBL (how to run HBL is explained in the previous section)
4) navigate with the HBL menu to the SAVEDATA folder, then go to the folder you just downloaded (in my example, UCUS12345000), and click cross or circle on it
5) At this point, the HBL menu should ask you if you want to install the homebrew. select yes, and wait until HBL is done extracting your homebrew
6) The homebrew is now installed, and you can run it by going to the VHBL folder, if everything went well, a new subfolder with your homebrew has been created here, and you can run the homebrew

Need more help? Check our forums for more downloads and tutos

Older versions

Older revisions of this VHBL port and more download links can be found on our Downloads page, here.


OpenCMA is strongly recommended to install if you want to use VHBL. Open CMA is a tool by Virtuous Flame that allows you to copy files from and to your vita without being connected to the internet. This is useful, especially if you don’t want Sony to forcefully update your firmware.

Looking for homebrews that run on VHBL? Check this thread with dozens of tested and pre-packaged homebrews.

68 Responses

  1. Jamie says:

    i tried downloading the arcade darts EU file , but i tkeps coming up file could not be downloaded ? help ?

  2. xlovenuggetx says:

    are you all prompted to update CMA? is it safe to update?

  3. Zyphs says:

    From what i noticed it works fine but i had to update CMA, because i updated from 2.02.

  4. ivo says:

    hi, maybe u should add wagic in the install
    so it dosnt add the empty homebrew error savdata dialog

    great work keep it up xD

  5. ilia says:

    I have a problem, I go to the game, load the save, I go to the profile and click alter name, crash bug (C1-2858-3). What to do? I am from another country, so I use a translator.

  6. David says:

    Help!! how do i get roms for my emulators?

  7. ilia says:

    Error C1-2858-3 What to do?

  8. kid says:

    Thanks very much. Now my psv version is 2.12, and the savedate for VHBL exploit is still useful.
    The history behind these this exploit is really large:)

  9. GEoffrey says:

    I don’t get it 🙁

    I managed to install VHBL very easily

    I undrstood the INSTALL.ZIP

    But all the homebrews I tried never install

    It always says 5 or 6 files left and a very annoying sound comes 🙁

  10. GEoffrey says:

    Found my own answer
    Instead of copying in the Lemmings or RAtchet Savedata I just copied as if the homebrew was a real Savedata and it works .

  11. Victor says:

    Can someone make a video tutorial please

  12. Victor says:

    Ok its like some inception type *** with the INSTALL.ZIP..So what i did was..Extracted,compressed into a zip file then i put my homebrew from the uncompressed zip file into the compressed file..then i took the homebrew from the uncompressed and put all this *** into folder where my exploit was located..

  13. Victor says:

    And surprisingly it worked

  14. thecoldest1 says:

    hey can you fix us arcade darts download link

  15. thecoldest1 says:

    btw thnx 4 the exploit really appreciate it 😀

  16. heubergen says:

    I have the same problem like ilia: Error C1-2858-3 with the game Arcade Pool & Snooker. Any helps?

  17. abdiel says:

    The Arcade Darts US link isn’t working for me. Getting an error.

  18. heubergen says:

    Here a download link that works: http://zload.net/v2/archives/file/?id=2417628 Thanks: The Z

  19. heubergen says:

    The files for the EU Release from Arcade Pool & Snooker are buggy, dev contacted!

  20. david roca says:

    how can i get any of these games in the u.s store? i can’t find them

  21. Eric Marçal says:

    I can’t download that VHBL For Arcade Darts – US (initial release, 2013/08/23)

    Please fix it =(

  22. Gioz says:

    The link for US Arcade Darts doesnt work!

  23. sjfajjddsa says:

    Arcade Darts US link does not Work.. Link is dead

  24. g3dn says:

    got my first homebrew. thanks

  25. Ryan says:

    I am happy to say this works flawlessly. Admittedly I am an avid user of emulators so I installed gPSP as soon as I could, granted the installation process was way more confusing than it was back in the old HBL days, but it worked just the same. All my roms were installed properly and it runs like a dream.

    However for anyone who wants to know, you need to get your bios file from an outside source (not gonna link it lol)

    And last but not least I am so thankful for all that you guys do. I smile every time I go on this site because I know a group of kick *** people are doing a service for us and I cannot thank you enough. Now if you excuse me, I really gotta play my Vita, lol.

  26. billy says:

    why cant i play gameboy advance!? airhockey and bowling

  27. Bobby says:

    Weird, everytime I try to extract, VHBL freezes….why isn’t it working?

  28. Julian says:

    I have “Arcade Darts” in bubble (in the PS3) but i can´t transfer it to my PSV. I´m in 2.12 with Gamocracy xploit. I must Update?

    Tengo arcade darts en la burbuja (en el ps3)pero no puedo pasarlo a mi PSV. Actualmente tengo el exploit Gamocracy y aun estoy en 2.10. Debo actualizar?

  29. SSJ-Vita says:

    Oh the joys of running my vita battery dead 2 or 3 times again discovering hundreds of ways how to NOT package homebrews correctly lol. Haven’t had to do this since monster hunter and I even get to the part where the vhbl asks do I want to download the homebrew, click the yes and endless ticks follow with no downloading haha

  30. alejandro says:

    When I try the exploit on Arcade Pool Us I get error (C1-2858-3)

  31. Xavier says:

    I don’t have any of these games nor are they in the US psn store, checked on vita and ps3.

    Not in the EU store either…..what are my options now? if there is any.

  32. tusso says:

    Download link of Arcade Darts EU is broken.
    Google page says: “Error 403: We’re sorry, but you do not have access to this page. That’s all we know.”

  33. Jukon says:

    HI, Loaded savegame, was going to profile clicked alter player, it freezt! after this, the error (C1-2858-3)showed up.
    was using arcade pool and snooker EU store.
    any fixes for that problem?

  34. Kuru says:

    Arcade Darts EU is down

  35. Yoti says:

    VHBL For Arcade Darts – EU – initial release, 2013/08/23
    Error 403

  36. ukd4v1d says:

    The Arcade Darts EU googledrive link is dead, says you cannot access file

  37. amjad says:

    The Arcade Darts EU googledrive link is dead, says you cannot access file

  38. amjad says:

    please if you can explain the way to install psp games on psp vita ( if you can video )
    thank you

  39. Trek says:

    As I run PSP ISO?…

  40. ilia says:

    does not work gPSP

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