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March 1, 2012 // 12:06 am - Following up on his previous update, today PS Vita homebrew developer wololo has announced that the PS Vita Half Byte Loader (VHBL) will arrive shortly after March 1, 2012 with details below.

To quote: "This has been a tough week for lots of you, coming to my blog everyday to see that no new information was available about the release of VHBL. Trust me, it's been a much tougher week for me, making sure things go according to my humble plan, coping with a few more issues than expected, and overall, taking all the insults about "being a faker" or "trying to boost my ego" without being able to say anything else than "please trust me".

Ok, let's reveal a few essential things here, starting with the bad news: The game used by Teck4′s exploit is not available on the US vita store. Blame Sony and their "275 out of 900 PSP games available for your vita" scheme for this, not us. Part of the waiting time was to see if Sony would add this game to the US store at some point. It is obviously compatible since it is available in other continents, so my guess is that this is a marketing or a legal decision.

Long story short, people in the US who want to enjoy HBL on their vita, for now, will have to create a European (or HK, or JP,...) PSN account, buy a PSN card for that specific store (google for online shops that can sell you those and email you the code within a few minutes), and buy the game from there. A 20 euros card will cover for the price of the game as far as I know (Update: a 20 pounds card will be enough on the UK store).

This also means you'll have to "link" your vita to a European store every time you want to use HBL. Yes, it's super impractical, yes, it makes HBL even less likely to be interesting for you if you're in the US, but no, that clearly was not part of the plan. The game is, after all, available on the US PSN Store, just not for the vita.

I do not plan to wait even more until Sony adds the game to the US Vita store, since that could pretty well never happen, and is wasting everybody's time (people waiting for HBL in Asia have been waiting for this release for almost 3 months now, keep that in mind if you are one of the few who complained that you had to wait for a week). We waited a week for good measure, and saw that Sony is not adding PSP titles on a daily basis.

Waiting in hope for the game to be added to the US store is not the only reason that I "waited" for the release, but that's one of the reasons. Another reason is that there is a maintenance of the PSN, inconveniently scheduled on march 1st, that is, basically 2 days after I initially planned to publicly reveal the name of the game.

After discussing with a bunch of people, I've decided to wait until after the PSN maintenance to reveal the name of the game. Best case scenario, the game magically appears on the store and everybody's happy (I wouldn't dream about that), worst case scenario, the PSN update patches some of the vulnerabilities used for VHBL, and we're screwed. So we'll see...

I'm using the opportunity to remind everybody that HBL is only a PSP homebrew loader. The exploit and HBL do not give you any access to PSP isos, or vita isos, or the vita system, or anything like that. Even compatibility with PSP homebrews is limited, so basically you're better off getting a hacked PSP if playing homebrews is really what you want, and you're better off going elsewhere if piracy or pure vita hacking is what you're looking for. Basically, this hack is for those of us who want to be part of the "first step", however insignificant that step might be. Other people should not buy the game and then blame me for spending their money foolishly, the choice is entirely yours.

I'm just trying to cover my #ss here: don't go and buy a PSN PSP game for your vita if you're deeply expecting something useful out of this. You should buy the game first to play it, second, as a bonus, to get HBL to (maybe) work with it. Again, HBL has been confirmed to work by a few people already, but I cannot predict if Sony will do a magical trick to patch the game under our feet.

Unless something goes wrong, the name of the game will be publicly announced here on March 2nd, after the March 1st PSN maintenance (give me up to 24 hours, I'm not necessarily in the same timezone as you and I also have a real life). The files for VHBL itself will be available shortly after that."


PS Vita Half Byte Loader (VHBL) Release Incoming, Details Arrive

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#121 - cfwprophet - January 7, 2012 // 2:52 am
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So a kind of Universal Thread where everything ongoing from the Vita u-ground scene goes in. I mean sounds great. Reminds me on a Wiki by the way does some one update a wiki ?

#120 - Nabnab - January 7, 2012 // 2:29 am
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You don't need to do that cfwprophet but thanks anyway !

I was thinking to make a topic and put all what i did and what i'm doing on it but i think it's a little bit too late.

Some people probably don't understand why all that are on the firmware update/CMA topic.

It would be nice if we can create a topic for all the PS vita underground stuff (not only mine)

#119 - Ezio - January 7, 2012 // 2:25 am
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Great work, Nabnab, +rep for you!

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Ok it looks like nobody pays attention to my latest post it's ok and some people didn't understand what's going on that video.


I think it is so only because PSVita isn't yet sold all over the world. Just it will be available for all contries more people will pay attention to the psvita underground scene.

However what you are doing is great, so thank you, man!

#118 - cfwprophet - January 7, 2012 // 1:30 am
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Sure we pay attemption. I'm with you and posting in austrian and german scene already

I'm mod and news poster on a other site but i'm always here and awaiting some new nice stuff from you to spread on the scene !!!

Feed us, feed us we hungry

#117 - Nabnab - January 7, 2012 // 12:27 am
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And as you can see on the second picture, i can only choose Restart the PS Vita System or Update System Software (can't choose other one)


#116 - Nabnab - January 7, 2012 // 12:21 am
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Ok it looks like nobody pays attention to my latest post it's ok and some people didn't understand what's going on that video.

Between 0 and 0.04 (picture shows the helloworld with my python/pyusb script available on PS3news) and about the video, i show that the PS Vita is really turned ON (and not off) and on debug USB mode.

This is just the beginning

After a test and some kernel playing.

Check the error of my PS Vita


#115 - Tidusnake666 - January 6, 2012 // 9:29 am
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Now we're talking! Awesome work, you rock!

+rep and cheers!

#114 - Nabnab - January 6, 2012 // 3:08 am
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The video a upload right now it's just for show the USB Debug mode and also the hello world (python script) but i'm hesitate to reveal the method to make that possible, i wait a little.

We can have all the access to the PS Vita and Memory card

Ok the video is online (only 30sec)

Hello World though Python/PyUSB and USB Debug Mode



#113 - cfwprophet - January 6, 2012 // 2:52 am
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You're my man Go rock the scene !!

Could you tell us a little bit more about for what it can be used ? Or do you need to keep quit for the first ?

#112 - Nabnab - January 6, 2012 // 2:09 am
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Just to clarify that is not only a simple Hello world, it's also show you how to communicate with the PS Vita, in here we don't talk about the variant of the PS Vita but about the process of the PS Vita and as you can see i don't need to launch any program from the PS Vita to make a Hello World possible.

(simple example) -> The difference between the PS Vita and 3DS, it's that with the PS Vita you can communicate by USB Transmission, on the 3DS you can't.

BIG NEWS !!! I found the PS Vita USB Debug Mode ! finally ! i was working on it from the beginning with all my other stuff... finally it's here, i'm gonna make a video to show you. Get ready for it !