A few weeks ago, TheFlow tweeted that he had found some exploits on FW 3.65 and 3.67 that will allow HENkaku / taiHEN to be run on these firmwares. Now, TheFlow has informed us that we’ll soon be able to run taiHEN (with Ensō) on FW 3.65, provided we are already on 3.60!
What do we know right now and what will get get?
A couple of hours ago, TheFlow told us that he was able to find the offsets to run HENkaku Ensō on firmware 3.65 thanks to @Mathieulh’s devkit. After finding the offsets, TheFlow took a leap of faith and ran the Ensō code on his PSTV which fortunately, booted up into firmware 3.65 with HENkaku enabled!
This means that TheFlow has successfully ported Ensō to firmware 3.65 and you’ll be able to enjoy games that require firmware 3.61-3.65 (not the 3.67) pretty soon IF YOU HAVE A PSVITA CURRENTLY RUNNING FW 3.60.
As TheFlow decided not to release the actual exploit chain, presumably so that Sony can’t patch it for higher FWs, this hack will work like some earlier PSP CFWs in which some firmware modules are written before reboot. As a result of this, you won’t be able to hack consoles that are currently running FW 3.61-3.65 just yet.
TheFlow has also cautioned against reinstalling the 3.65 PUP (firmware file) or erasing HENkaku when using this hack. Both these things can’t be done by accident through normal usage so regular users will be safe.
What should I do and not do?
Right now, this is what you should or shouldn’t be doing:
- If you’re on firmware 3.60, don’t update to firmware 3.65 (or 3.61-3.67 for that matter)
- If you’re on firmware 3.61-3.65, don’t update further. The lower the firmware, the better your chances of getting a hack are.
- If you’re on firmware 3.60, stay there. Lower firmwares should preferably be updated to FW 3.60 via the DNS method if you want to hack your device.
Right now, all you can do is wait a little. TheFlow has promised a release by the end of March and is already accepting bubble designs for the CFW updater bubble he’ll be releasing for FW 3.60 soon.
To get further updates about TheFlow’s work, simply check out his Twitter page. Remember, TheFlow is doing this work for free in his free time so don’t bug him for ETAs or annoy him since he’s not obliged to release anything in the first place!
TheFlow’s PayPal link (donation link taken directly from his Twitter page): https://www.paypal.me/PSVitaTheFloW
This article’s featured image is Freakler’s CFW Updater bubble design which I personally think is very cool.