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BEFORE YOU CHEAT: PS Vita Quick Start Guide (Save Editing)

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  • BEFORE YOU CHEAT: PS Vita Quick Start Guide (Save Editing)


    Here's a quick guide on accessing your savedata on the Vita with dumped games.

    There is a way to do this with legit cart games, but to me it's a bit dated when you can just dump your game.

    Note: Not all games are compatible with the way plugins allocated memory. Plugins may conflict with an applications resource allocation allowance resulting in the application crashing at startup. Please contact your favorite plugin dev at on their respective threads/git pages to report the issue along with the dump file. The location of the dump file is shown in the crash error message.

    What is HENkaku?

    HENkaku is out current PS VIta exploit used to run unsigned code/decrypted eboots. In order to run the exploit for the first time, you must meet the following criteria"

    1. Have a PS VIta on FW 3.60
    2. Have access to a live internet connection on the VIta

    Once you meet this criteria, head over to in your Vita browser and THIS WILL IMMEDIATELY START THE EXPLOIT

    Running the exploit

    The exploit is about 85% reliable.

    It fails more often the first time than subsequent tries.

    If the exploit is run correctly you'll see the Team Molecule logo and be instructed NOT TO PRESS ANYTHING WHILE THE EXPLOIT IS RUNNING.

    If the exploit fails you will be greeted with a browser crash/error message. If you clear the message the site will try again.

    If you fail 3 times in a row just restart and try again.

    After the exploit

    When the exploit is completed you will be returned to Vita home screen/browser app front page.

    At this point a file browser will be installed on your VIta. By pressing the Select button in this browser you will be able to activate the FTP function (update the application if prompted).

    This is you first step into L33t Haxx!ng! Congrats!

    From here you can begin to install plugins including cheat plugins (the focus of this site) among other things (not the focus of this site, don't ask here).

    Hope to see you all contributing!

    Exporting Saves with Plugins

    Your favorite cheat plugin often has its own savedata importing and exporting feature. Consult the documentation for your favorite plugin for instructions.

    Exporting Saves the Old Fashioned Way

    1. Open the file browser and activate the FTP function
    2. Open the folder associated with the file browsing application (/ux0:/app/MLC######) and copy the eboot to a location on your dekstop
    3. Open the folder associated with the game you'd like to export saves for (/ux0:/app/)
    4. Rename the eboot.bin for the game and replace it with the eboot for the file browser
    5. Once replaced, launch the game from the home screen and it will instead launch the file browser
    6. As you've launched the game at it's core, you'll be granted access to it's assets including it's decrypted save at /savedata0:
    7. Pull this save and hex edit to your heart's content (copy the save out, do not cut. Rename the base save and KEEP IT IN THE FOLDER)
    8. When you're finished editing replace the save, rename the eboots and start the game

    Other Items

    "Decrypted" in this post means that Sony's base encryption will be lifted. Game devs can apply their own encryption as well as checksums.

    WoFF locks all file at boot. This means the after you boot the game in any way (into the actual game or file browser) you will not be able to edit the contents of the folder until you reboot.