Earlier today, Sony has started pushing firmware 3.69 to the PS Vita. It’s now been fully confirmed that this firmware update patches h-encore, the exploit that lets us fully hack the PS Vita up to firmware 3.68.
PS Vita 3.69 patches h-encore exploit, no plans for future hacks
Hacker TheFlow, who was behind h-encore, has confirmed on twitter that Sony patched the kernel exploit. He however mentioned that another bug was involved in his hack, that Sony did not fix.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that 3.69 can be hacked anytime soon. For all intents and purposes, h-encore has been patched by this new firmware update, and TheFlow has confirmed he will not be releasing a new exploit for the console. Given how involved that kind of work is, and the dying popularity of the PS Vita (among users as well as hackers), there’s a strong possibility that 3.68 could be the last hackable firmware for the console.
Following the release of firmware 3.69, TheFlow has stated he will be releasing the source code for h-encore, as well as a writeup on the hack.
To sum it up, in case you didn’t get the message clearly: if you are running a hacked PS Vita, or expect to hack your PS Vita, do not update to firmware 3.69, (also, make sure to disable automatic updates in your settings), as this firmware is not hackable. The symptoms of trying to run h-encore on a 3.69 PS Vita are the console staying on a white screen instead of the hack proceeding successfully.
People running on firmware 3.68 or below can hack their console using h-encore. Details can be found on our PS Vita Custom Firmware page.