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Guide to Porting VHBL (PS Vita Half-Byte Loader) Game Exploits

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122w ago - This weekend PlayStation Vita developer wololo has made available a guide to porting VHBL (PS Vita Half-Byte Loader) to individual game exploits for those interested.

This news comes proceeding the recent Motorstorm Arctic Edge and Everybody's Tennis PSP / PS Vita game exploits.

Below is the guide, to quote from his blog (linked above): This guide assumes that you found a [Register or Login to view links] in a game, and that you were able to write a [Register or Login to view links].

So now what’s next? Well, as you probably know if you’ve gone that far, the PSP scene doesn’t really like “hello worlds”. A hello world is nice, but it accomplishes nothing, it just draws Sony’s attention to your exploit, and you know the vulnerability will be patched soon, while nobody really used the exploit.

Well, the next step is, ideally, a HEN or a custom firmware. Of course, this requires a kernel exploit, and...
 

Sony's sceKermit Driver Surfaces via PSP Emulator on PS Vita

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122w ago - Following up on his previous PS Vita developments, today PlayStation Vita hacker Davee reports that he has discovered Sony's sceKermit driver which is a communication interface for the included PSP emulator.

To quote from his blog (linked above): "Turns out he's not just a green frog! So, I've been throwing this word around recently and it's probably about time I explain. Kermit, either a protocol or perhaps a funny name (see KIRK/SPOCK) is a communication interface for the PSP emu. Specifically it allows the PSP to talk to the host.

Now, I can tell there aren't as many developers here, so I'll try to simplify for the curious minds but this stuff is pretty complicated. I'll only explain the API in detail as the lower level still need a little bit of clearing up, but here goes.

Ok, Kermit is here so that the emu can communicate to the host to share resources and other vitality. Perhaps the primary reason is that of hardware; the PSP emu is excluded from many hardware devices. So kermit sets in and allows the system to talk to the vita in order to use the hardware. Blabbering aside, this is the hardware that kermit seems to be responsible for:

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PS Vita Homebrew Preparer v0.1 by SiLENTGame is Released

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122w ago - Shortly following wololo's public disclosure of the Everybody's Tennis vulnerability for PSP on PlayStation Vita, developer SiLENTGame has released PS Vita Homebrew Preparer version 0.1 with details below followed by a bugfix update.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links] (fixes compression bug when creating install.zip) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #2)

To quote: The preparing process to run the games with VHBL is a bit annoying so I decided to code a little tool which will do this task for you or rather a big part of this task.

I called this program "PS Vita Homebrew Preparer". Here is a screenshot of it.

It decompress the PSP homebrew game for you and compress it again with some saves included...
 

Video: Lamecraft (Minecraft Clone) PSP Homebrew for PS Vita

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122w ago - Following up on the PS Vita HBL and Doom releases, PlayStation Vita developer wololo reports that [Register or Login to view links] has made available a Lamecraft (Minecraft Clone) PSP homebrew port that runs on PS Vita with a demonstration video below.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

To quote: Christmas is really early this year, as Drakon, creator of the famous PSP homebrew Lamecraft, just posted an update of his game to make it compatible with the Vita.

Of course this requires you to run VHBL, but since we just released a new version of our homebrew loading tool, hopefully you are one of those who can enjoy it.

Check this video running the game on the Vita Screen:





Finally, from Drakon: I made small update to LameCraft – now it’s working on PS Vita ( thanks Wololo for info ). I have also fixed some strange bugs with texture packs.

VHBL...
 

Sony PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for March 27, 2012

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122w ago - Sony PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:

It's the final week of Spring Fever, but we're closing out with the fan favorite indie game: Closure!

Winner of several awards from the Independent Games Festival, to the Indie Games Challenge and more; you won't want to miss out on this uniquely engaging adventure where the only things that exist are what you can see.

Featuring 100 puzzles, an award-winning soundtrack and hand-drawn art; Closure captures the spirit of PlayStation Network by offering a game experience you can't find anywhere else and independently self-published by the developer.

You'll also want to get in on this week's Spring Fever Franchise Sale on a ton of content from the Tom Clancy series! Download the classics including titles from the Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell, and Rainbow 6 franchises. Up to 75% off for a limited time only.

Other great new games hitting the PlayStation Store today include PS3 Full Game FIFA 2012, and new PS Vita games Supremacy MMA. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans may want to note that COD Elite members can access Drop 3: Overwatch starting 3/29 as well.

There's a fresh new app hitting PSN that photo and video nuts will want to download and try. Intoducing...
 
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