Sony’s PS Vita has apparently been hacked to allow homebrew on the recently released handheld. A hacker claims that they have found an exploit on the device which allows him to create a loading application for homebrew on the Vita.
In an effort to get more minds working on this exploit, the hacker who found the exploit has released a few lines of code for what is dubbed “Usermode Vita Loader”. As PlayStation fans well know, similar applications on the PlayStation 3 led to timely responses by Sony and numerous firmware iterations on that piece of hardware.
While this project doesn’t sound like its geared towards anything other than user-created “Homebrew” titles, it does open the door for piracy. One should expect a timely response from Sony to shore up any vulnerabilities the system may have. The PlayStation Portable (PSP) was widely known to have a hacking epidemic and more importantly a piracy problem on the device.
Thus far, the PS Vita has avoided a similar fate.