Vita Half-Byte Loader

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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

829 Responses

  1. andrei says:

    hi you can create a FAKE NP to sign psp games without hack ps vita and pass them to the vita without THROUGH exployts or other games? It is better to create an application to sign psp games and pass them to the PS Vita .. I can try?

  2. AssasinSpike says:


  3. another one says:

    at this point the dev kit has been free for awhile I have searched and searched but I can not find any compiled game or source code to put on the vita by means of the dev kit to launch and exploits like vhbl or otherwise am I looking for something that has not been done yet or is it there but I am not doing the right search

  4. Snorlax says:

    I got the egg on this page.

  5. michael1116 says:

    hi wolol im michael i just got this problem if you dont mind post in youtube how to install my stylist fwm3.15 pls i beg you and pls reply going to cry all day i was in here like 10 hours to put it and i broke my ps vita slim that i bought last last month and bought a new one last week in korea pls tell me how pls reply

  6. stanqEr213 says:

    wolololo , cn u make one for tekken 6 🙂 pleeease

  7. hunter says:

    how do i get vhbl on my system

  8. sugarshock says:

    waiting for the Space Invaders savegame -.-‘

  9. Alfredo Fruscella says:

    how do I suppose to get it if I don’t notice at the right time. Is there any way to someone share space invaders and patch to use on any vita?

  10. Miami Heater says:

    Any VHBL emulator for 3.15 yet??? Please update. Got a new PS Vita but men… I want to play my PSP games on my PS Vita.

  11. yi qiao liu says:

    congratulations for your recent progress on the vita hacking,and here’s a question:did you try to use the hacked PS3 to get the PSV root?Hope it is a little help.

  12. sk8terboy1009 says:

    There is no vhbl software for the newest up date on vita can plez make new software for 3.30

  13. david says:

    when will come the vhl and some exploit for 3.30?

  14. Naoko Minamoto says:

    Wish the next vulnerable game is a cheap one (╯‵□′)╯︵┻━┻

  15. Sett@ says:

    really looking forward to 3.35

  16. Bob says:

    Can I use Prometheus ISO Loader is VHBL to run my PSP backups on my Vita?

  17. MrWinteck says:

    are you going to post a guide for the patapon2 exploit for fw 3.36 soon?

  18. ishen says:

    Arent there any apps free in ps store????????

  19. blue says:

    Is there uno vhbl for PS vita 3.36 if not. How can I make vhbl for uno

  20. theleshmutt says:

    Very new here but have been gaming for around 26 years lol was a very big handheld fan and just recently repurchased a psp 1000 and a vita… Keen to start running some exploits!!! Can’t wait for a new one to be released, so different from the old psp days of hacking but if it’s one thing I remember is that u have to be patient 🙂 I just ran the ninjahax on the 3DS but… Homebrew for the 3DS has a long way to go 🙂 very excited to have found this site :))))

  21. Victor says:

    3.50 please exploit in need!

  22. Neuro says:

    How to install vhbl on ps vita 3.35

  23. neuro says:

    does vhbl run on 3.50

  24. neuro says:

    i am looking for pool hall pro in psn store but i didn’t find it

  25. neuro says:

    i am looking for pool hall pro in psn store but i didn’t find it

    do we need exploit game????????????

  26. X says:

    Which games are suitable for use with vhbl now?

  27. X says:

    There vhbl for firmware 3.51???
    somebody please help me!!!

  28. renald says:

    thank u , i wait for try this!!

  29. Murfy116 says:

    Does it work on higher firmwares like 2.52?

  30. Murfy116 says:

    Does it work on higher firmwares like 3.52?

  31. martin says:

    hi my name is martin and im very new to ps vita hacks/mods ive dne everything in description but it loads screan goes white that normal going off vids ive seen but then it crashes and says error (c1-2858-3) by the way keep up the good work.

  32. Lennart says:

    Do I NEED to buy a PSP Game to download VHBL onto my Vita?

  33. r3try says:

    I’m not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to psvita, so sorry for my ignorance in this console. I bought a psvita pch-2006 v3.55. Can i run a psp emulator in my psvita?

  34. mrT says:

    Can I instal VHBL in 3.55? Since ark 2 is not working anymore in 3.57

  35. crai edwards says:

    is the vhbl out for 360 yet pls and if so where can I download desperate to play emulators keep updating as I miss the game before the store blocks me out

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