New PS Vita Jailbreak Released For Full Homebrew Access
A new PS Vita jailbreak has surfaced online and it seems like this might finally be the one people have been waiting for since the launch of the handheld console.
The PS Vita jailbreak, named HENkaku, has managed to fully unlock the Vita and bring it on the same footing as PSP, which was unlocked only a few months after its launch. Developed by Team Molecule, HENkaku will give users full system access to the console allowing homebrew titles and emulators.
According to Team Molecule’s Yifan Lu’s blog post:
It is a native hack that disables the filesystem sandbox. It installs molecularShell, a fork of VitaShell that lets you access the memory card over FTP and install homebrew packages (which we create as VPK files). With vita-toolchain, developers have access to the same system features licensed developers have access to as well as undocumented features that licensed developers cannot use (including overclocking the processors).
There is however a catch, the jailbreak works only with the 3.60 firmware of PS Vita and the HENkaku files only last as long as the handheld device is powered. Once the Vita is turned off, the hack disappears and needs to be reinstalled again.
Thankfully, the installation process is easier so if someone accidentally runs out of battery they won’t have issues reinstalling it again by allowing access to the file system through FTP.
The jailbreak hack will also not let users install or run Vita “backups”, warez or pirated content, basically not bypassing the DRM features set in place by Sony. Users can also not decrypt encrypted games (pre-orders) to play them early.
Yifan has said while he personally has nothing against piracy, he will not be working on any tools that allow users to fully enjoy the pirate’s life on consoles.
PS Vita has been pretty much abandoned by most developers, in fact it has been a barren platform since its launch, hopefully such hacks might bring back some life to it.