Vita Half-Byte Loader

Important: The PS Vita has been fully hacked on all firmwares, so generally speaking you might want to install a Custom Firmware rather than VHBL. Custom firmwares are much more flexible, have more features, and are easier to install than VHBL. This page remains online for historical/archive purposes.

What is it?

Vita Half-Byte Loader is a homebrew loader HBL for the Playstation Vita, running through the PSP emulator on the Playstation Vita.
For the latest news about Vita Half Byte Loader, check the VHBL Category on this blog.

Half-Byte Loader (HBL/VHBL) is an open source Homebrew Loader for the Sony PSP and the PS Vita. It allows to play fan-made games on any PSP and PS Vita. HBL allows to run emulators for the Game Boy, Nintendo 64, Sega Megadrive, NES, Super NES… and many other applications. See here for a list of emulators

This page is specific to the Vita version of Half Byte Loader, VHBL.


  • VHBL does not technically allow you to play any pirated PSP or Vita games.
  • Although VHBL is free and open source, depending on your firmware some exploits rely on vulnerabilities in specific PSP games that you need to buy from the PSN. VHBL comes with no guarantee, especially I cannot guarantee it will work on your Vita, so remember that when you buy a PSP game on your vita, you pay for that PSP game, and not for anything else. I do not do refunds for the money you gave to Sony 🙂
  • It is super easy for Sony to patch the vulnerabilities used by this tool, given the amount of control they have on the PS Vita. VHBL runs fine and is extensively tested, but for all I know it is possible for Sony to patch the game’s vulnerability without a firmware update. So, once again, before buying the game and downloading VHBL, you need to understand that you pay for the game, and VHBL is a bonus that might or might not work.


For PS Vita Firmware 3.60, please follow this tutorial: Installing VHBL via HENkaku on PS vita 3.60

On lower PS Vita firmwares, the Version of VHBL you need to download depends on the PSP Game you own. Click on the game you own to get redirected to the appropriate download page (the download page of each game also contains installation and usage instructions). Currently, VHBL is available for the following PSP games/ Vita firmwares:

Sony’s strategy so far has been to remove these games from their store, and put them back once the Vita firmware is patched. Most likely, if you didn’t buy the vulnerable game(s) in time, you will not be able to run VHBL. But we are regularly bringing more exploits to VHBL, so stay tuned on this page for further updates.

If you’re looking for historical information on the original hbl for psp, check the hbl page

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  1. ld says:

    I wonder if this works on the playstation tv box too.. it is essentially a ps-vita anyway

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    desbloqueio de psvita 3.60?

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  9. Quinty says:

    i updated my ps vita to 3.63 but i want to play old psp/gba games on it am i still able to instal any type of jailbreak?

  10. seanix says:

    well i just installed it last week on 3.63 using psp demo of ape escape on the loose released in 2008 as it was the only psp game demo well in fact the only psp game i had in my ps store history lol and worked like as charmand ark using sonic riders but since i wanna play sonic riders i delete cause it didn t le met have both

  11. Coco says:

    Hey! Bit of a cuestion… I’m currently emulating on VHBL on 3.65. Is there a way to install an vpk package? Could you please direct me to it if it’s the case? Thank you very much! Great work, thanks!

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