A new hack has finally managed to get inside Sony’s handheld device
Published By: Jawwad Iqbal on July 31, 2016 08:04 am EST
A hacking group by the name of Team Molecule has managed to successfully gain full system access on Sony Corp’s (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation Vita, the group announced today (via Eurogamer). The “HENkaku” hack allows the system to unlock itself for homebrew application development.
This means users are now granted the highest level of access to the system and they are in total control. The hack disables the “filesystem sandbox” and installs homebrew packages, giving you the same kind of authorized access to features that is accessible only to licensed developers. Beyond that, Vita’s hardware can also be modified to run at a higher frequency. Expect to see hardware monitoring apps and more emulators for the system. If you think this is a path to pirated games, sorry to burst your bubble, but it is not.
The exploit does not disable any DRM protection put in place by Sony or allows any decryption of games. The developer of the hack has commented on the potential vulnerability of the exploit to introduce pirated games on the system. While the developer has acknowledged that it opens door for such a possibility, there will be no development on that front by the group.
Other teams will definitely will notice the work of Team Molecule and extend the hack’s capabilities to run pirated games. The success of the exploit is yet to be seen but it is an interesting development on the homebrew front for a portable and capable device like Vita.