VHBL For Space Invaders Extreme

What is it?

Vita Half-Byte Loader is a project to port the PSP homebrew loader HBL to the Playstation Vita, through the PSP emulator on the Playstation Vita.

This is the official VHBL download page for people who own a copy of the PSP Game Space Invaders Extreme, and a firmware 3.15 or lower. If you don’t own this 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 version of the game:

How to Install and Run HBL on Space Invaders Extreme

  • 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 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, press start, go to “options” > “Save/Load”, “Load”, and Load the Save Data. Go back to the Main menu, select “Multiplayer” > “Practice” . 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 #ss.
The CMA will only let you copy savedata, and will not recursively browse folders.

To address this, HBL comes with a menu that can extract archives with a specific structure. Although VHBL ships with a default menu, we strongly recommend that you use 138Menu instead. Just replace the files in the Savedata of the exploit.

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.

Installing (With the default VHBL menu):
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 GAME 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


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.

Also check our huge list of emulators for your PSP/Vita, and our top 50 Vita / PSP homebrews in 2013!

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23 Responses

  1. sean z says:

    i dont even go to the options and load i simply start the game..go to .multiplayer ..practice….voila

  2. someguy says:

    Hey guys, I’m trying to make an install.zip for the Daedalus 64 R1909. I’m certain I’ve followed the procedure correctly. I can see the zip through the explorer option in 138Menu, but there is no option to install. Does this mean Daedalus is not compatible with 3.15? Can somebody confirm or give me some insight on a particular revision that does work?


    • Zahin says:

      I have installed the DaedalusX64 R1909 on my PS vita with VHBL and it doesn’t work at all. It just takes me back to the LiveArea screen. Its the same with Daedalus R13 but with Daedalus R14 it takes me back to the vhbl screen. Any suggestions on how to fix it? I’m using Space invaders extreme vhbl v2

  3. Hallwaysloughter says:

    “3) take any PSP savedata (but not the one used for HBL!), and add the “INSTALL.ZIP” to that folder”

    What if i dont have any other psp game on my vita? (and therefore no other psp savedata)
    Do i need to buy one just to install homebrews? oO

  4. potalifs says:

    “someguy”, try to install ftp homebrew, after pick the folder of a hombrew, for example “MVSPSP” and rename the “EBOOT.PBP” in wmenu.bin and transfer the floder trough ftp client (I use filezilla) in PSP/VHBL and that’s all. For example PSP/VHBL/MVSPSP/wmenu.bin and other file of the homebrew.

    • someguy says:

      Thank you so much. I didnt even realize we could use FTP clients. this is going to make life much easier, thanks again.

    • Filippo says:

      I need to know if this guide allows you to read PSP Games ISO … Someone answer me please. Is it possible? It will be possible then?

  5. matt_7800 says:

    How places the roms into PSP/VHBL/gpSP/GBA/ROM ?

  6. Paul says:

    Is there a chance to play PSP Iso´s

  7. Walter says:

    @Hallwaysloughter You can do it with the same savefile. The only problem is that you have to overwrite again the entire save folder of the exploited game. This way you lose any changes made in VHBL but that’s all.

  8. Conner says:

    I need help i copy it and i dont know were it goes do i need something to run it or is it just on your live area screen? please help

  9. Conner says:

    i need help when i copy it i dont know were it is do i need something to run it? please help!!!!

  10. Filippo says:

    Hello to all. With this guide you can read your PSP games on PsVita? I mean the last of the PSP? Thanks for the guide.

  11. Filippo says:

    I need to know if this guide allows you to read PSP Games ISO … Someone answer me please. Is it possible? It will be possible then?

  12. Bradley says:

    I copy it but i see nothing on my live screen. Am i doing something wrong? I see the space invaders program when i go to content manager and copy it but its not on my live area. Help please

  13. anh says:

    plz help me , i did copy space invaders extreme in my vita , but i cant not see it in home page @@ , its hide ? , did i complete ? , i want to play another psp games in my vita , plz lets me know , thanks wololo !

  14. Alfredo Fruscella says:

    Where can I get updates on exploits? Its a pain having updates when they removed the game. Also, is there a way to share PSN games and patch them to play on any vita? I have a couple PSN games downloaded but won’work in mine.

  15. khadim says:

    hello guys but when Install Space Invaders Extreme on my ps vita after i don’t see it pleaz help me

  16. Smoker1 says:

    OK, I am new to VHBL, and since I Updated my Vita to try and (Failed) to get the PSM Dev App, I no longer have Access to TN-V11. Will this basic Method work for all VHBL Exploits?
    What Emulators work with this? CPS1 and 2?????

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    effort to produce a great article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and
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