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A hacker has allegedly located an exploit in the PS Vita and taken the first steps to create an application which could load homebrew code on Sony's handheld machine.

As detailed on NeoGAF, precise specifics about the exploit have not been revealed. The hacker, Yifan Lu, has released a few lines of code for the project and is encouraging other developers to join in and aid his efforts.

There is currently nothing for budding homebrew fans to download, nor any indication of when such a thing might even be released.

While this development is not directly linked to piracy - and Yifan Lu's loader is not being designed to enable software piracy on the machine - it is likely to unsettle Sony and other Vita developers as developments in the homebrew scene often precede exploits that allow for piracy.

Yifan Lu's Github page says the new loader is "Based heavily" off Half Byte Loader for the PSP, an open-source program that allows users to run homebrew applications on the machine.

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Bloodstorm

I might get another one now, keep one for real games, one for homebrew.
Posted 15:26 on 06 September 2012
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Clockpunk

Homebrew =/= Piracy

But indeed (re: mindset) - I am personally of the ilk that all is fair on tech that you have purchased - one is entitled to tinker about, so as to attempt to enhance it.
Posted 15:23 on 06 September 2012
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dav2612@ FantasyMeister

Very different mindset. You wouldn't have been looking for the exploit to start with.
Posted 15:06 on 06 September 2012
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FantasyMeister

Different mindset I guess but it if I'd found the exploit I'd have just mailed Sony with the details.
Posted 13:26 on 06 September 2012
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PL4Y3R-001@ Clockpunk

I really don't think sony would encourage piracy. Piracy just isn't in the interest of anyone in the media entertainment area.
Posted 13:21 on 06 September 2012
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Clockpunk

Well... Sony might sell a few more on the back of this, given how big/devoted the homebrew crowd apparently is.

Hell, they probably leaked this 'news' themselves to achieve this effect! :D
Posted 12:27 on 06 September 2012