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March 1, 2012 // 4:00 pm - Following up on the previous update, today PS Vita homebrew developer wololo has revealed the game used for the PlayStation Vita Half Byte Loader (VHBL) is Motorstorm Arctic Edge (Motorstorm Raging Ice in Japan) and shared a video of it in action below!

As a result, Sony has officially removed the Motorstorm Arctic Edge title from PlayStation Store.

To quote: "Ok, so, since the PSN maintenance is being postponed, there is no reason for me to not give the name of the game used by Teck4 for his exploit:

The Game is Motorstorm Arctic Edge, also known as Motorstorm Raging Ice in Japan. It is available for 19.99 euro on most European Playstation Stores, 15.99 Pounds in the UK, and for 3800 yen on the Japanese store.

Note for North American readers: that game, despite being available on the US Store, is marked as not compatible with the Vita in the US. People who have bought it in the US and tried to transfer it to their vita have failed as far as I know, which is why a few days ago I recommended people in the US to get a European PSN account.

Now what's next?

Well it's simple and stressful at the same time: I'm giving you guys a couple days to buy a copy of that game if you think VHBL is worth it (and assuming you trust that I'm not lying), and then I'll release the VHBL files. There are pros and cons to this "2 steps" release. The cons are that you have to trust me, and there's a possibility Sony actually patches/patched something without me knowing it, the pros are that I don't think Sony will remove the game from their store until they actually have something to patch, so I think this gives you guys a couple days to buy the game.

Or, you can wait until I release the files and other people confirm it works, at which point you run the risk that Sony patches the exploit and/or removes the game from the store before you can even buy it.

Now, let me be clear once again: buy the game if you want to play it, I have no way to guarantee VHBL will work for you, I can just tell that a few days ago this was confirmed to work by a few testers.

Also keep in mind that VHBL gives you no iso, no special access to the Vita hardware, just a limited PSP homebrew experience on your vita. If like me you think it's fun, then you might be interested. Or, if you think that 20 euros is a fair price for one of the best PSP games, then, well, just consider VHBL as a "bonus".

VHBL has been confirmed to work on firmware 1.61. If your console asks you to update to firmware 1.62 or something, I cannot guarantee it will still work. It is also recommended, after you bought the game, to be paranoid and disconnect your console from the network, and to install openCMA. Again, there are lots of unknown things going on with the Vita, it is impossible for me to tell if this will work for everyone.

As far as I know, there are 5 versions of this game out there. I ported VHBL to 4 of them, and I am sure the fifth one is vulnerable too, but I couldn't find any place selling or "distributing" it, so I couldn't port the exploit to it. That being said, it should be "doable" if somebody can get a copy, to port the exploit to that version as well.

Finally, for those who want proof, here's a video:




I want to thank the people who made this release go as smoothly as possible, especially Teck4 and Mamosuke, HBL devs (in particular m0skit0 and JJS, thanks for lurking on the scene for so long, you guys are the real deal!) the mods at /talk who have helped a lot over the past week, the handful of devs/testers who know how to keep a secret (you know who you are), but also the thousands of /talk users who, for some of them, have been knowing the game's name for several days now, and haven't leaked anything.

You guys are truly an awesome community, you can of course now go ahead and let your friends know, or brag about how you've known about the game for a while and hold the secret. It was so far an awesome experiment, let's hope the result will be worth it!"

Too bad my Vita will arrive in 9th March (international delivery) hopefully someone find another exploit by then.


Video: PS Vita VHBL Game Revealed: Motorstorm Arctic Edge, Details

Video: PS Vita VHBL Game Revealed: Motorstorm Arctic Edge, Details

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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 !