PS Vita exploit for creativity, not piracy

By Alan Ng - Sep 7, 2012

It appears that there has been a real breakthrough in the underground development world of the PS Vita. Right now, it is possible to play PSP-based homebrew on Sony’s new Vita handheld, but a new exploit discovered suggests that users will soon be able to create their own homebrew software using actual Vita game code – a first for the system.

As you can imagine, this has spawned mixed reactions across both current Vita users and the media, with many sites claiming that this opens a direct door to piracy. While this is not exactly false, the creator of the new exploit, Yifan Lu has firmly expressed that his exploit will be used to create homebrew software applications on the Vita only, blocking any attempts to run actual pirated Vita games which Sony will be most afraid of.

The real danger here, is that this doesn’t stop other developers from potentially going out and directly trying to achieve piracy. Yifun however, told CNET in a recent statement that when he releases his tools, it will be ‘impossible’ to run pirated Vita games.

Instead his whole reasoning behind the move is the gain more functionality for a device that he paid $300 for at launch – a statement that many PS Vita users will probably agree with in actual fact. It is no secret that Sony has been noticeably quiet on releasing new games for users to play, and this move alone to enable custom software could be the result of increased hardware sales for Sony.

It’s fair to say that nobody really wants to see full piracy on the PS Vita – that would be a disastrous move that would turn all third party developers away from making games for the system – there isn’t enough as it is at the moment. However, how does the option of running emulators on your Vita sound to you, still a bad idea?

It’s early days yet, but we could be seeing a ‘Hello World’ on the PS Vita imminently according to Yifan. Let us know your opinions on this matter and if you support the use of added creativity on the Vita via custom applications, while at the same time blocking piracy measures.

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  • So this could be a great move. As the article says if they use this for piracy it would turn the system into something trashy. Buuut think of all the 3rd party apps. i also feel like sony should make it something popular too. No one wants to jail break things, its such a mess and holds you back from the future of the device in the end. But if sony was all for 3rd party apps and games it woooould blow handheld gaming up. Think about all the 3rd party apps for the iphone an androids. ahhh this could be great as long as the people dont ruin it. but sony could back lash with checking their systems when they connect to the internet with a modded ps vita, like what Microsoft did with modded 360s. I’m sure there could be redundancies to stop something like that

    • Sony can blow my C*ck. I mean realy, there selling their device 300 $ with no support of any games and any apps. Like I didn’t bougth the console to play PSP games. It’s cool to have Homebrew coming out, but even this wont make up for the 300 $ I spent on this beautiful but useless machine. Even worst, Canada hasn’t received their 3G models yet, so I’m stuck playing on Wifi with the Wifi model, and God knows Wifi is not available anytime anywhere in town, and even if it is, it’s not strong enougth to make me data transfer and play online. I hope sony comes out with something like, playing PS2 games on the Vita or maybe the latest complete edition games that came out like Ratch&Clank or Infamous, it would be cool having something with cool graphics and stuff or a GTA 4 on PSvita. I don,t know cause for now, It doesn’t amuse me playing with it.

      • its failing because they’re trying their hardest to make it a handheld ps3 not a handheld. i think its only because they want to stop making games for the handheld alone, i really think they’re just going to try their hardest to make it a hand held console, so they just can make one game that is playable on a hand held and console. so all your buying is a system to carry that game with you where ever you go.