This is probably how you resuscitate a scene: HENKaku – Native Homebrew announced for PS Vita 3.60, release tomorrow
by wololo · July 28, 2016
Update: Wow, I’m completely out of my game today, and didn’t even realize The Zett had published an article about this exact same announce before me. You can check his article here, and hopefully this editorial mistake shows you how big of a deal this announce is.
YifanLU announced a few hours ago the upcoming release of HENKaku, a Homebrew enabler for the PS Vita, running on the latest firmware 3.60. HENKaku will be released tomorrow. It was developed by team molecule, comprised of scene veterans Davee, Proxima, xyz, and Yifanlu himself. People who also helped beta testing the project are well known names of the PSP/Vita scene.
This is, by far, the biggest announcement for the PS Vita scene since the PS Vita launched in 2011. So, um, yeah, that’s big news. And yes, I’m a good half a day late on the announce here, I’ll blame life and my IRL work (as a matter of fact I’m typing this between two meetings…)
This is different from your typical VHBL/TN-V/ARK exploit: those run within the PSP emulator of the PS Vita. HENKaku will leverage the full power of the PS Vita. This will also be much, much easier to use and run than Rejuvenate. Rejuvenate was formerly the only known native hack on the PS Vita, and required the console to be connected to a PC in order to run homebrews. Let’s just say it was not user friendly, and Rejuvenate will practically be deprecated as soon as HENKaku is out.
Bottom line, this is native homebrew, will work on PS Vita 3.60 (latest firmware at the time of this writing), and is pretty much the biggest announced released for the Vita scene so far.
HENKaku will be released in a few hours at https://henkaku.xyz. In the meantime, Yifanlu recommends that you update your Vita to firmware 3.60 if you want to get the hack (keep in mind that by doing so you will lose other hacks such as Rejuvenate – which HENKaku will replace anyway -, mail “tricks”, and currently known ePSP hacks). He also advises to not update to future firmwares, as Sony will undoubtedly patch this.
HENKaku will be compatible with existing Rejuvenate homebrews. This includes for example this list of emulators. Also, Vitadoom.
For those who are interested, “Henkaku” means “change” or “revolution” in Japanese. Seeing a pattern in the naming here?