PlayStation Vita Exploit Enables Homebrew But Not Pirated Games

Playstation Vita hacked, can now run Homebrew Apps

This was due to the ease with which it was hacked, the quality of the hardware, and a steady stream of unofficial software and emulators.

In 2011, Sony released an advanced version of the PSP, PS Vita. Unfortunately, the Vita has been a much tougher nut to crack.

This isn’t the first time the PS Vita has been jailbroken, but it’s the first publicly-available utility that works with the the latest PS Vita firmware (version 3.60) and it’s also by far the simplest to install.

HENkaku will take advantage of a vulnerability in the PS Vita’s software to install homebrew packages, allowing you to run software that’s not officially supported. Keep in mind that the jailbreak isn’t permanent, so you will have to reinstall it if you fully power off your Vita.

A team of developers, who call themselves Molecule, have released a new PlayStation Vita exploit that grants users full access to the system and enables them to run homebrew games and applications easily. Those games and apps are then displayed on the home screen ready for use. There are also emulators that enable some Mega Drive (Genesis) and SNES games. The jailbreak utility also works on the PlayStation TV.

And, in a surprisingly thoughtful move from Team Molecule, the exploit will not facilitate the play of pirated games.

Just like how it was with Nintendo’s 3DS hack with Gateway before, PS Vita’s Henkaku hack may also bring the possibility of allowing players to run backup games without the need to purchase the real thing. It does not disable any DRM features. While it’s doubtful that Sony will let the exploit slide even without the ability to play pirated software, at least those that do decide to use it can do so with a clean conscience.

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