Just nine months after launch, and gamers claim to have hacked the PlayStation Vita, meaning homebrew games and apps might not be so far away. Back in April, the Vita Half-Byte Loader meant that Sony's latest handheld was capable of playing unsigned code within the built-in PSP emulator. Now though, an affiliated developer claims he's figured out how to get unsigned Vita code running as well.
The original hack apparently "could not" be used for piracy reasons, as the unsigned code was only able to run in "user mode", rather than at the root level - the PSP emulator can only access 32MB of RAM and is nowhere near the Vita operating system. It is unknown whether this new hack will allow the hardware to play pirated games.
Piracy - and hand-coded homebrew titles - run rampant on the PSP, so Sony will be keeping a close eye on this one, closing all loopholes as soon as they are found.
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