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PS Vita 3.63: install ARK(ePSP Custom Firmware)

With new psvimgtools, we can use this tool to install homebrew bubbles on PS Vita FW 3.60+. In this tutorial, we will tell you how to install ARK on PS Vita 3.63 using the psvimgtools.

ARK is a custom firmware for PSP emulator on PS Vita console, which enables you run PSP homebrew, plugins, and backups on your PS Vita.

ARK pboot bubble for Vita 3.60

Install ARK on PS Vita 3.63
1. Get your PSN AID. This is the 16-hex code found in your CMA backup folder path. To quote Yifan:”For example, if I wish to decrypt PS Vita/PGAME/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/NPJH00053/game/game.psvimg then my AID is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”
2. You can now use this site: http://cma.henkaku.xyz/ to get your KEY. Thanks Davee!
3. Download and extract the psvimgtools for your OS. We will need to use the command line/terminal for these next steps.
4. Backup a PSP game from your Vita to your computer using QCMA.
5. Find the PSP game backup in the folder: PS Vita/PGAME/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/[GAMEID]/game/game.psvimg. Copy this file to your psvimgtools folder.
6. Run “psvimg-extract -K YOUR-KEY game.psvimg game”. You will get a folder named ux0_pspemu_temp_game_PSP_GAME_GAMEID.
7. Extract the ARK pboot bubble archive and find the PBOOT.PBP. Use this PBOOT.PBP to overwrite the one in your output_folder which you just generated using psvimg-extract.
8. Run “psvimg-create -n game -K YOUR-KEY game game”. You will get “game.psvimg” and “game.psvmd” in your game folder. Use these to overwrite the ones in your CMA backup folder.
9. Restore the backup from your PC to your Vita using Qcma.
10. Copy ARK_01234 from the ARK pboot bubble archive to PS Vita/PSAVEGAME/xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/
11. Restore the ARK-2 PSP SAVEDATA from your PC to your Vita using Qcma.
12. Say thanks to yifan.lu, xyz, Proxima, qwikrazor87 and Davee for this neat trick.

Source: [GUIDE] Install ARK-bubble on FW 3.60+

PS Vita firmware 3.63 is out


Today, Sony updates the new firmware of PS Vita-3.63. There seems no big change. The changelog is “This system software update improves the quality of the system performance.”

For HENkaku user, please do not update your PS Vita to 3.63. As HENkaku is only accessible when you are in PS Vita 3.60. If you update console to the latest firmware, there will no way to hack your console again or downgrade it.

There is also good news that VHBL, custom themes, and the whitelist trick still work on 3.63.

PS Vita Cheat Plugin-GoHANmem v1.00 released

Two day ago, Mr一粒米饭07 in Chinese BaiDu forum released a cheat plugin for PS Vita-GoHANmem v1.00

GoHANmem v1.00 features
Searches, modifies and locks memory value
Supports cheat code
Views table of memory value
Extracts the specified memory segment
Modifies the specified address data

Interface of searching/modifying data1

View memory

Cheat code: Press button up and down to choose code, Press button left and right to modify or lock value. Press STRAT to run it.
If you want to cancel the state of lock, press ○ button to switch it.3

Advanced function interface(extract memory segment and write/lock data of specified address)
Extracts the specified memory segment, and the extracted file is in the directory of ux0:/data/GoHANmem/mem/
Format:game ID_mem_0xspecified address_3digit number.bin
You can extract it many times and 3 digit number is incremented4

Simple instruction
Modify coin value. For example:58785

Press SELECT+ START button, GoHANmem interface will show.6

Press □/△ button to choose option
The search scope is calculated automatically by program. Usually, there is no need to modify it and you can search it directly.
If there is no search result, you can change the search scope.
For example: in Ninja Gaiden 2, you can change the search scope to 0x81000000-0x83000000. Then you can get search results
Enter Target value(目标数值) 5878
Choose First search(首次搜索), press START button to run it.
If search results is less than 16, it will be displayed on the right part7

Press X button to back to game and use some coins. For example, coins remain 4438
Switch to cheat interface, change Target value(目标数值) to 4438
Choose Search again(再次搜索)
There will be only one result8

Press □ button and modify the coin value to 999999, press START button to run it.
Then back to game, the coin has been changed to 999999
If you want to save the cheat code, select Save Code(保存代码) and press START button. The code will be saved to the directory of ux0:/data/GoHANmem/db/9

Extracts the specified memory segment6
For example: in Ninja Gaiden 2, you can change the search scope to 0x81000000-0x83000000. Then you can get search results and modify/lock the data.111213
You can extract memory many times. Everytime the value changes, you can extract the memory once.
Format:game ID_mem_0x specified address_3 digit number.bin
3 digit number is incremented14

VitaShell 1.2 is out

With continuous working hard, TheFloW released new update of his firmware-VitaShell 1.2 which offers manager, package installer and built-in FTP under PS Vita Henkaku. The new update adds many powerful and useful features, such as export photo/music files and unused updater bubble removal.

If you want to the new version of VitaShell, download the latest VitaShell.vpk and install it on your PS Vita 3.60 Henkaku.

VitaShell 1.2 Changelog

■ Added ability to export photo and music files (‘More’ -> ‘Export media’).
■ Added battery percentage to system information (thanks to littlebalup).
■ Added toolbox where more features will have place, by theorywrong (press START).
■ Improved stability for file browser delete operation.
■ Pressing L in the music player will now restart the song if the song is not at the beginning.
■ VitaShell will now remove the unused updater bubble after successful updating.

SMOKE’s VPK Mirror Direct Installer allows to install homebrews directly from PS Vita


Developer SMOKE released VPK Mirror Direct Installer which can be used to download and install homebrews directly from PS Vita via vpkmirror.com under PS Vita hack Henkaku. And it means this tool can only be installed on PS Vita 3.60.

By installing and running VPK Mirror Direct Installer, your brower on PS Vita will be opened and access to vpkmirror.com. Then you can choose and download homebrews and games here.

VPK Mirror Direct Installer Instructions:
1. Download the direct installer VPK from here.
2. Move it to your Vita using FTP.
3. Install the VPK using VitaShell.
4. Run the VPK Mirror bubble – it’ll modify your app.db on the first launch.
5. Then you can install homebrews directly by visiting vpkmirror.com with the Vita’s browser and clicking on a “Direct” link.

Henkaku Release 6 with GPU Overclocking

One daya ago, The Yifanlu released an important release of Henkaku-Henkaku Release 6. The most powerful feature of Release 6 is that users can overlock the GPU of the Vita from 166mhz to 222mhz which will improve your framerates. Chrisfand’s video confirmed that game run much more smoothly on a Vita with its GPU boosted at 222MHz.

Release 6
■ Whitelisted scePowerSetGpuClockFrequency, scePowerRequestColdReset, scePowerRequestStandby, and scePowerRegisterCallback
■ Fixed rare bug which crashes modded SceShell. There is still no PSN spoofing for modded SceShell
■ Removed “welcome” message when triggering exploit (was used for debugging and is no longer needed)

To install Release 6, you can reboot your PS Vita 3.60 and go to https://henkaku.xyz/ on your brower.

MaiDumpTool_V233.0 – Chinese dump tool for PS Vita

Great news. Another dump games tool MaiDumpTool_V233.0 has been released by Chinese developer. Many players might think it is a copy of Vitamin. But the TheFloW states that MaiDumpTool_V233.0 is superior to in some aspects as MaiDumpTool does re-relocate suprx/self’s and gives better compatibility.

MaiDumpTool_V233.0 features
● Can extract/decrypt games and patches (Both physical and digital)
● Can extract patches individually (Both physical and digital)
● Can install the games to your VITA directly, instead of dumping to a VPK.
● Can decrypt and load games that use the sce_modules
● Automatically loads all plugins in ux0:/plugins/
● Saves the original eboot to mai_moe/eboot_origin.bin
● Does not support grw games (With the patch file wthin the cart)
● Does not support some of the rare self loading games (Uncharted: Golden Abyss)
● If the game does not work properly, the solution (in two attempts)
The eboot.bin replaced mai_moe / eboot_origin.bin
Deletion two reserved sce_module / libc.suprx and sce_module / libfios2.suprx with _m of (???)
● This version does not support DLC, this will likely be added in the next version. (If there is a next version!)
● When dumping a game, the user can choose to install it to their VITA directly from the game, or pack it into a compressed VPK (Because the latter takes a while)
● PLEASE do not let the screen lock, as this will fail the dumping process.
● This tool is for study and research purposes only! Please delete it within 24 hours, and do NOT use it for commercial use.
Images from AIDA on gbatemp9100