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PS Vita Dev Wololo Unveils VHBL Success with New PSP Game Exploit


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128w ago - Today PlayStation Vita developer wololo has announced news of VHBL success using a new PSP game exploit courtesy of [Register or Login to view links] with details below.

To quote from his blog: Sometimes, it’s just that simple...

Neur0n has been kind enough to share with me the details of his latest user mode exploit, so that I could help porting VHBL to his game on the EU and US versions (yes, the game seems to be available on all stores, and don’t stop reading here, it gets better).

Sometimes porting VHBL to a new game can be a pain in the rear. Many times, as I discovered the hard way, we hit a wall and have to give up after dozens of hours of investigation.

On this exploit too, had I been alone working on it, I would have given up. It seemed impossible to free most of the ram (VHBL basically needs to cleanly remove the game from the ram, in order to load homebrews instead), and the exploit ended up with about 2MB of free ram, instead of the 24MB that we usually expect.

But hey, that’s where comes the joy of working with talented people like Neur0n: he figured out, within 24hours, how to free the additional 22MB. I am not sure really how he found out, and why it works, but it damn works.

So I can proudly show you a picture of my work in progress on the EU version of the game. But honestly, neur0n did all the hard work on this one

This is running on a PSP with Pro CFW, which is were all the initial development always happen for VHBL. I haven’t tried to run anything else than the menu yet, but getting to the menu is usually a very good sign.

There’s still lots of work to be done: confirm it works on the vita (which should not be a problem since neur0n already confirmed it on the Japanese version), code cleanup, homebrews tests and bug fixes, port to the US version of the game...

As far as a release is concerned, I’ll synchronize with neur0n, but I think it’s clear to most people that we’re all eagerly waiting for ps1 classics support before a new VHBL version is released. As you know, each VHBL release is quickly followed by a patch from Sony, so I’m sure everybody wants the next VHBL release to happen on a “useful” firmware. In this case, I’m sure everybody’s ready to wait for firmware 1.80.

As usual, don’t ask for hints on the game, or its price, or anything like that, as I won’t answer these questions.

Stay tuned.

Finally, in related news PS Vita developer Kylin12 has released (via psvitacfw.com/tank-war-0-40b) Tank War version 0.40b.

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To quote: v0.40b: Added double battle mode, also changes in the maps.

  • PS Vita connects to your PC *.
  • PS Suite Launches Dev (PlayStation Mobile Developer Program (Open Beta)) in your PS Vita.
  • Runs the application * VitaConnector.exe (found in the * RELEASE).
  • Click “Refresh Devices”: Select your PS Vita of the list and click ‘click’ on * Connect to Device.
  • Now select the package you want to upload to the PS Vita, in this case * TankWarPSV.psspac.
  • Upload you give and expect to complete the transfer, after which you will receive a confirmation message and you can run the game on your PS Vita.




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#47 - lxmadrid - 126w ago
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I bought a Vita hoping, at first, that this awesome bit of hardware was going to offer me the kind of portable gaming experience I was waiting for. Pretty graphics and a few random games aside, I'm staring at a handheld slowly collecting dust.

I really want HBL to take off and bring a whole new world of use to my Vita, but I just haven't seen the strides yet. Maybe someday soon we'll get a crack in the firmware that'll allow us to use a cfw, but until then we're left with a good but imperfect option for running homebrews.

Good luck to all the devs.

#46 - camalala - 126w ago
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I hope that they get something soon thanks

#45 - moja - 126w ago
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Everytime I see a new exploit out I get a little more excited to see the day when I can retire my dear old psp phat for vita emulators. Thanks to the devs keeping progress going along.

#44 - PS3 News - 127w ago
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Following up on his previous update, this weekend PlayStation Vita hacker wololo has announced that a new PS Vita exploit and VHBL port in the works by [Register or Login to view links].

To quote from his blog: "Developer xerpi twitted a few days ago that he has a new user mode exploit available, and that he managed to port VHBL to it fairly easily (it took only 10 minutes to port VHBL according to what he told me).

"VHBL working on my new exploit pic.twitter.com/5PeV6Hi2"

I believe for now this exploit with remain under wraps since we are already working on a release with Neur0n, but this is of course up to xerpi.

In the meantime, enjoy a few screenshots!"

Finally, below is yet another exploit from [Register or Login to view links] with details as follows:

Fate6 confirmed my VHBL port working on PS Vita 1.69.1 and the game being on Vita US PSN

fate6 wrote: well then yes it does work on the Vita on 1.69.1 ^__^

I have a european account and this game is not on european PSN, so I couldn't test it on my Vita. Thanks fate6 For EU users, we are working on porting it to the Eu version of the game.

Working homebrew (US):

  • NesterJ 1,13beta2
  • Picodrive 1.35b and 1.51
  • Cavestory (crashes when exiting, use start+select to exit)
  • Doom (it loads but I have no wads to test it)
  • TOME 2.3.5
  • EmuMaster V3 FF XIII Edition (crashes when exiting)
  • CSPSP 1.56
  • Wagic 0.13.1
  • uo gpsp kai 3.2 user 64M test 02 (crashes when exiting)
  • NOIZ2SA 0.8
  • Halo hig
  • Ultra
  • Squarez
  • Dodge the Squares 1.3
  • Ninja Sudoku 0.1 (crashes when exiting)
  • JellyCar 1.1
  • Psplorer 1.5
  • Bookr
  • PSPDOXMANAGER 1.2 (crashes when exiting)
  • Daedalus R13
  • uo_Snes9x 0.02y32
  • yMenu
  • CPS2
  • NZP

Non working homebrew (US):

  • Python 2.5 (homebrews written in python won't work, i.e: spider, psptools, pymenu, pspguess...)
  • Mobile Assault 1.7.2
  • PSP Filer 6.7 and 6.6 (shows language select screen, then black screen)
  • pspmsx 1.5.1
  • Zcrisis
  • Supertux v1
  • PSP Mario (Phoenix Game Engine Lua 0.03), other Lua homebrews have failed too
  • Chicken invaders
  • Warcraft 2D
  • UAE4ALL r1
  • SNES9xTYL 0.4.2
  • snakeSP
  • Geometry Wars Portable
  • SQRXZ3 1.0
  • ScummVM 1.3.0
  • Visual Novels PSP

Working homebrews (EU):

  • NesterJ 1,13beta2
  • JellyCar 1.1
  • Python 2.5
  • CSPSP 1.56

Non working homebrew (EU):

  • Mobile Assault 1.7.2
  • Snes9xTYL 0.4.2

This lists will be updated as I test more.

Update 2: After a long chat with Wololo, he finally managed to get VHBL running on the EU version of my exploit. Thank you Wololo I will post pictures of my Vita running VHBL soon.

Update 3: Here it is, VHBL on my Vita. (pictures attached below)

Update 4: I have another VHBL port ready for my second exploit, and a new exploit (wololo.net/talk/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12544&p=155755#p155755) .

I have another VHBL port ready. and another exploit:

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So that would be 3 exploits, 2 of them already ported to vhbl

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  • PSP: 3K (4g, 6.20 PRO-B10), 2K (v2, 6.60 ME 1.9)
  • PS3 (60GB PAL, 4.00)
  • PS2 (v19, Duo 3 Ultra)
  • PS Vita
  • Gamecube (dol-001, xeno-gc)
  • Dreamcast (v1, mil-cd)

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#43 - CREEPSHOW - 128w ago
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one day it will be fully hack so people can play all the emulators on the PS Vita without using a games run the VHBL and i get feeling that some will hack it by next year

 

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