PSVita Jailbreaking – All-In-One Tutorial

Alright, the latest news is you can still jailbreak your PS Vita even if it is on the latest firmwares (3.65, 3.67, and 3.68). For 3.65, you can do permanent JB; and for the others, you can do temporary JB which requires you to run an application after rebooting. And as always, the methods to do all the necessaries are all over the internet when you need help, annoying; so, I am doing this again, an AIO tutorial. Let’s get to it.

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What I am going to do here is to provide you links to the threads which will take you to the original creator of the apps. I will also provide you some insights of how to do some stuff the creators do not mention.

  1. Henkaku core: This does not modify the system but somewhat bypass the security and let you install homebrew apps which will allow you to do so much more with the device.
  • Original thread
  • Just follow it step by step and you will be good to go. I rarely do these things with wireless so everything is done with USB connection.
  • My CFW is 3.68 so I do the temporary JB that means I will have to run h-encore app every time I boot up the device and Install HENkaku to activate the JB again. Oh, and this does not require Internet, so you can do this everywhere without Internet access.
  • After Henkaku is in place, you can use SD2Vita which is micro sd card adapter to replace the expensive PS memory card.
  • VitaShell is a file explorer app to let you install homebrew apps and move files/folders around the system.
    • To copy files from your computer to PS Vita, click Select once you are inside VitaShell to enable USB connection. Also, you need to run qcma_console app on your computer first to connect the device.
    • Press Start to change theme, I prefer Electron because it shows more info on navigating around the app.

2. NoNpDrm plugin: This is Henkaku plugin to allow you to run game backups.

1) Download the latest release of the NoNpDrm Plugin.
2) Place it on the “ux0:tai/” (Normal MC) or “ur0:tai/” (sd2vita) folder in your console.
3) On VitaShell browse to “ux0:tai/” or “ur0:tai/”and open the “config.txt” file with (X)
4) Navigate to the “*KERNEL” line and insert 1 new line below it -On the new line insert “ux0:tai/nonpdrm.skprx” or “ur0:tai/nonpdrm.skprx” for sd2vita users
5) Restart your console with Vitashell TIP: Step 1 to 5 only need to be performed the first time you install the plugin.
6) To install games, place your NoNpDrm dump on the “ux0:app” folder of your console.
7) To install DLC, place your NoNpDrm DLC on the “ux0:addcont/[GameID]/[DLCFolder]” directory and the needed licenses on the “ux0:license/addcont/[GameID]/[DLCFolder]” directory of your console.
8) To install updates, place your NoNpDrm updates on the “ux0:patch/[GameID]” folder of your console.
9) After you place all the desired files on the respective locations, go to VitaShell and open the (TRIANGLE) Menu on the Home Screen, select “Refresh Livearea” and wait for it to update the screen with your games.

3. Adrenaline: This app will emulate PSP firmware which will allow you to play PSP games, some PSX games (not all PSX games are compatible) and other old emulator games.

  • Original thread
  • Initial Start-up method
  • Adrenaline Bubble Manager – This app is to create bubble shortcuts for your PSP games in PS Vita home screen. What it does is to load PSP FW quietly and run your game, and that means after you closed the game, you will be taken to PSP home screen instead of Vita home screen.
  • Place to put PSP isos: ux0:pspemu/iso (I have yet tried with PSP games’ eboot but some says it’s possible)
  • Place to put PSX games: It is advised to convert your PSX games to eboot file (.pbp) and then put it here ux0:pspemu/psp/GAME/<GAME_ID>/eboot.pbp (Yes, you have to rename your game’s eboot file to “eboot.pbp”). Apparently, there are two version of PSX games for Vita, one is regular and one is dualshock version, some claim that dualshock version works better with Adrenaline. But for the GAME_ID, you should you the regular one’s.
  • By default, PSX screen size is set to 1.0 x 1.0. if you are okay with 16:9 then this is the measure 1.495×1.220. If you like the original ratio, 4:3, then this is the measure 1.060 x 1.220.
  • There is another option for emulated games and that is RetroArch, I will try it later and update it soon.

4. PKGJ: PKG downloader and installer by fetching game URLs from .tsv files, games will be downloaded from Sony’s server.

  • Original thread
  • I would prefer to create its config.txt file on the computer and copy it to the device via VitaShell.
  • Below is a content for the config file with NoPayStation links (the links are correct but apparently, only link of PSV games is available to fetch):

url_games http://nopaystation.com/tsv/PSV_GAMES.tsv
url_updates http://nopaystation.com/tsv/PSV_UPDATES.tsv
url_dlcs http://nopaystation.com/tsv/PSV_DLC.tsv
url_psx_games http://nopaystation.com/tsv/PSX_GAMES.tsv
url_psp_games http://nopaystation.com/tsv/PSP_GAMES.tsv

  • There is also PKG enabler or some sort, but after trying a bit, I decided to stay away from .pkg. It’s PS Vita now, so I am going to stick with .vpk and game backups.
  • It is best to go to NoPayStation site and get NPSBrowser to download games, they also provide an application to unpack .pkg files to backup folders for NoNpDrm.

5. Homebrew apps:

6. SD2VITA adapter: This is a game card adapter which allows you to use micro sd card as internal storage.

At this moment, the popular ones are version 5.0 (white) and 3.0 (black), I ordered both for my vita and my wife’s from eBay, both works. They are said to support up to 256Gb micro sd card, I only have 64Gb card now so I can’t confirm.

First, you need to get your micro sd card and data ready, follow this instruction to do so. Note: You don’t need to download gamesd.skprx file, because we will use a different plugin.

After you have formatted your micro sd card and transferred all ux0 data to it, go to this link to download storagemgr.skrpx and storage_config.txt. After that, put them into ur0:tai folder, and add a line to config.txt as instructed in the link.

Now, you are ready, insert micro sd card into the adapter and insert the adapter into game card slot. Reboot the device. Once the device is booted, install Henkaku. If your vita got a reboot when exiting Henkaka then you need to reset taiHen.txt, after that, you need to re-configure the config.txt again. If Henkaku takes around 10 seconds to exit, and the game card led light starts blinking, it means you are good to go. Open VitaShell, you will see that you Vita memory card is now binded to uma0 and SD2VITA is binded to ux0.

I would recommend to copy games to the micro sd card via a card reader rather than USB transfer to the PSV, it is just faster.

7. Update PS Vita manually using PC: For you to update to a specific FW.

If you use Sony Content Manager, it is not going to help because it will check for the latest firmware using the internet. My wife’s Vita was in 3.67 so I have to update it to 3.68 manually because the latest one now is 3.69 (not hackable at the moment). And again, there is no clear instruction on the internet. To do this, you will have to use qcma application which you already knew in henkaku core installation. Ah “No”, I don’t think we can use this method to downgrade your vita.

First, go to this link to download the specific FW.

Next, go to this link to see briefly how to update FW to 3.60. Below are what most people don’t tell you:

  • In the xml file, besides changing region id, you need to change FW version as well, like ‘3.680.000’ and ‘3.68’.
  • In qcma settings, uncheck the box stating to ignore the xml file.

Now, you can see a new update in system update using pc.

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This post will be continued updated whenever I have found anything interesting.

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