Remember that fancy Sony handheld you bought for quite a lot of money that is doing it’s best impression of a museum piece gathering dust? No, not the PSP silly! The other one, the Vita! Apparently it’s been hacked… also like the PSP.
News arrived today that a developer named Yifan Lu has found an exploit in the Vita that will allow him to create a system called Usermode Vita Loader, transforming the Vita into a homebrew platform. Homebrew for the uninitiated is when consumers like me or you create software for a typically closed system that wouldn’t normally allow it. While the PSP homebrew software has been running on PSV, Yifan Lu has found a way to make the software using native PSV coding, allowing them to run much smoother, with greater possibilities.
As he has just discovered this exploit in the coding (which hasn’t been revealed), this software is nowhere near ready for release and he is actively looking for developers to help with the project. You can keep up to date with it on his blog, his twitter or just stayed tuned here. Sony have had no comment on this news but Yifan Lu has stated it will be “physically impossible to decrypt or load retail games with my exploit.” so no need to worry about piracy. No news yet on whether this exploit will affect Sony’s trophy system and allow cheating to essentially devalue the system (for as much value as arbitrary digital pictures have).