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PSP Usermode Exploit (Up to 2.61) for Half Minute Hero on PS Vita Out

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59w ago - Following up on the previous exploits for PS Vita Firmware 2.61, today PlayStation Vita developer Yosh (aka wth) released another PSP Usermode 2.61 exploit for Half Minute Hero with details below.

Download: Half-Minute_Hero.zip (Half Minute Hero VHBL <3.00)

To quote: PSVita Official Firmware 3.00 was a major update and it has been discovered that a LOT of game exploits were patched (around 20) so many developers whose private exploits got patched are releasing them for earlier firmwares. Frostegater has already released two: Pipe Madness and Fieldrunners. This time, it’s Yosh aka wth on the /talk forums with Half Minute Hero.

In his post on the /talk forums, Yosh says: “Hey guys, with PSVita 3.00 firmware update were apparently quite several exploits (include private ones too) patched, including the private exploit of mine I’ve been using since Everybody’s Tennis was published and fixed.

Indeed Zer01ne used his Uno exploit until it got public, and lately decided to use mine too but unfortunately for him especially, he told me it’s been patched on 3.00 ! Damn Sony, they probably watched my crash logs / PSN game purchases who knows lol.

The game is Half Minute Hero, available in EU / US / JPN PSNs, with exploit working until firmware 2.61, and VHBL too. However I didn’t update my VHBL for it since a long time, indeed I’m only using it to load eCFW since then.

To make this VHBL usable someone would need to merge it with the official VHBL latest changes, so that files respect the 8.3 CMA name convention and have uppercase file names. I have no time for this

Jigsaw also found this exploit himself after me, and we also had an agreement to keep it private, but since Zer01ne verified it’s not usable anymore on 3.00 it’s no use not publishing it anymore.

VHBL info:

This VHBL uses a special GPU unlocking method using sceGeListUpdateStallAddr on the game’s main qid, indeed without it the GPU won’t draw on the screen somehow, making VRAM direct write working only (without this “fix” sceGeListSync and sceGeDrawSync never end to be precise).


  • Binary loaders for EU / US / JPN games : they will load & execute the H.BIN file you put in their save folder
  • VHBL r147 for EU game (to make compatible with new CMA 8.3 file format)

Coldbird is to thank for crafting the US / JPN exploit payloads though. Have fun

The game costs $9.99 on the US store. We still recommend Fieldrunners though because of how fast it boots VHBL. It’s still available (at least on the US store) for $6.99.

So, lots of VHBL releases this week, if you’re on <3.00, this is your chance to grab an exploit before it’s too late!

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#4 - regiskakaroto - 69w ago
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how do I install firmware and downloaded here in site ps3news?

#3 - Brenza - 69w ago
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#2 - elser1 - 69w ago
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as a legit vita owner/user i'm so sick of this. please stop it.

#1 - PS3 News - 69w ago
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Following up on the PS Vita Firmware 2.60 update, today Sony announced that mandatory PS Vita System Software update v2.61 is incoming (which blocks the VHBL Arcade Darts exploit) with details available below.

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From Sony's Twitter PlayStation Vita announcement, to quote: "PS Vita system update 2.61 is coming soon, system software stability during use of some features has been improved."

From Wololo (via wololo.net/2013/08/30/ps-vita-2-more-vhbl-ports-for-firmware-2-61/):

We mentioned recently that both The Z and xXShinkirouXx are in possession of PSP exploits running on the latest Vita firmware 2.61, which was released yesterday. They both took it one step forward by providing proof of concept videos of each on of their exploits running VHBL on Vita firmware 2.61.

This should not be a surprise to those of you who know how these exploits work (Sony only patch the “entry points” to VHBL, but not the “concepts” that let the PSP emulator run VHBL on the Vita), but it’s still good to know we still have options on the latest firmware.

On a side note, Yosh (wth) confirmed to me that the changes (in the PSP emulator) between firmware 2.60 and 2.61 are minimal, confirming that this firmware update was solely made to block the 2.60 Arcade darts exploits. Enjoy the VHBL videos below

In his video, xXShinkirouXx shows Daedalus, Lamecraft (Minecraft clone on the Vita), Snes9xTYL, Bookr, Jelly Car, PSPlorer, gPSP running on the Vita 2.61. The Z showcases Snes9xTYL, Masterboy (a.k.a. Emumaster), gPSP, and Wagic on his own VHBL port.

Release dates (if any) for both these exploits are still unknown, as well as (of course) the games these exploits rely on.

Finally, Japanese developer 173210 has a VHBL port coming to those running firmware 2.61 using a PSN Japan title while Total-Noob is also gearing up for his custom emulator firmware (Source Code: wololo.net/talk/download/file.php?id=2701).

About: 173210 VHBL Port For FW 2.61

Japanese developer 173210 is going to release a port of VHBL for Vita firmware 2.61 soon. The exploit can run.

  • Daedalus (N64 Emulator)
  • Wagic (trading card game)
  • PSPFiler (file manager)
  • Bookr (ebook and pdf reader)
  • MVSPSP (Neo Geo emulator)
  • PSPCalc (a calculator utility)
  • pspdoxManager
  • PSPlorer (other file managers)
  • Snes9xTYL (Super NES emulator)

Some videos showcasing 173210's upcoming VHBL port for Vita 2.61:

About: Total-Noob 6.60 TN-V4

6.60 TN-V4 is coming soon for every FW and for every user exploit. I was working very hard on TN-V4 and now I am too tired to make all exploits compatible. But as this is not hard to do, I give you guys the job to do it for the scene. If all exploits have been collected, I'll show you the pretty changelog of TN-V4.

Below, there's a list of all user exploits released until now. You have to adjust the path the values and compile the attached source code (it's only the loader!) for each user exploit and all its existing regions. If the loader succeed, you'll get a green screen, otherwise a red screen (more informations are in the source code).

Post the (working!) archive of the files in this thread (the whole savedata inclusive the compiled H.BIN, but please without unneccessary files, like files from VHBL).
(the name should be GameName_Region, in example: UNO_EU.RAR, or AcradeDarts_US.ZIP).

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