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PlayStation Vita—the company’s last handheld device—allows gamers to bring all the joy of the world’s most popular console brand on the road with them.
Moreover, despite (or because of) its discontinuation in 2019, the modding community has been diligently unlocking the Vita's true potential since then.
So, can you hack a PS Vita, and what can it do? The answer to the first question is: yes. As for the second question: it can do anything you can imagine!
Let us tell you more about it below!
Today’s PlayStation modding scene offers several approaches to jailbreaking the Vita, from using the original ‘HENkaku’ exploit for PS Vita with firmware 3.60 to applying the ‘h-encore’ and ‘h-encore²’ ports of that exploit for post-3.60 firmware versions.
That said, this guide focuses on a newer web-based jailbreak that works with every model and the latest PS Vita firmware: Software Update 3.74, released in 2022. This method relies on the VitaDeploy toolbox that makes homebrewing a breeze!
To realize the PS Vita’s true capabilities and turn it into a versatile entertainment device, enthusiasts must ensure their model meets all jailbreaking requirements:
You should also purchase a good SD2Vita card adapter, such as the Funturbo one, which is essential for a jailbroken Vita, as it allows you to plug in a standard microSD, which is needed for installing mods and dumping all your games and media files.
Now that you have everything you need, let’s go over the process of permanently jailbreaking your PS Vita to open it to a world of modding possibilities.
We first need to prepare the PS Vita for jailbreaking by getting the tools we need:
Now, it’s time to use VitaDeploy to install an older custom firmware:
That’s it! The hack is complete! How easy and fast was that? Now the fun begins as we tell you how to prepare your SD2Vita adapter card for all your games!
Note: Leave VitaDeploy installed so you can play with game cartridges too!
To enjoy all the goodies that come with a jailbroken Vita, you need proper storage:
Once the card is formatted and the device boots back up, follow these steps:
You’ve just transferred all the folders you need for your games from the internal storage to your SD card storage. The only thing left to do is to go back to ‘’Storage Devices’ via the main ‘Settings’ menu and swap the ‘ux0’ and ‘uma0’ targets—‘ux0:’ should read ‘SD2Vita’ instead of ‘Memory Card’ with ‘uma0’ the other way around.
Congratulations! Now you can reboot the device and go to ‘System Information’ to confirm that the memory card line reflects the size of your microSD card.
Once you hack your PS Vita, the improvements you can apply are endless: from turning it into your retro gaming station to playing most media files out there. Below, we take a look at the most useful mods you can safely use with a jailbroken Vita:
The modding opportunities do not stop here, as you can add plenty of other features to enhance your Vita experience. Did you know you can use YouTube and Twitch on it? Or even use the Vita as a flashlight? Modders are still creatively improving this nifty console so it can meet all your entertainment needs for the foreseeable future!
Hacking the PS Vita is the best thing owners can do to this little gaming box since the proper jailbreak method will transform their console into a media powerhouse. With a modded Vita, you can do everything from playing Homebrew games and running old PS1 and PSP titles to reading books, enjoying comics, and watching shows and movies!
No, the PS Vita was discontinued on March 1, 2019. That said, gamers were still surprised by several new game releases since then.
Used PS Vita models cost anywhere between $50 to almost $800 since their price depends on their current condition, exact model, whether or not they include the original packaging and accessories, and whether or not they come pre-modded.
Definitely, in fact, today’s jailbroken and modded PS Vita is the most playable and relevant version of this handheld device in its entire history.
Yes, you can still play physical cartridge games on a modded PS Vita by turning off the console, removing the SD2Vita adapter, and plugging in your game card.
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