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PS Vita Hacked for Homebrew Development

by William Schwartz

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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.

 

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