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Sony Begins Pulling PSP Titles That Allow Hackers to Run Unsigned Code on PS Vita

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Sony has begun pulling PSP titles from its PlayStation Store in an attempt to prevent hackers from executing unsigned code on the new PS Vita. Motorstorm: Arctic Edge and Everybody’s Tennis are the first titles to go, both of which can be used to run the “Vita Half-Byte Loader” (VHBL).

Created by the hacker group behind Wololo.net, the VHBL allows users to run “homebrew” software on Sony’s latest handheld, in addition to emulators and ROMs for retro consoles like the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Sega Megadrive, NES, Super NES, and more.

Sony is famously against this kind of practice, so the Japanese company is attempting to combat the VHBL by removing the PSP titles it needs to run on the PS Vita. So far only two have disappeared from its online marketplace, but it’s likely to remove more as they come out of the woodwork. According to Wololo, it has access to “about 5 to 10 user mode game exploits in PSP games.”

In a humorous and sarcastic statement released by Wololo following Sony’s move, the group said its exploit could be “extremely dangerous for [Sony’s] business” by allowing users to play “20 year-old 8-bit games and 154 different versions of Pong.”

If you’ve already purchased Motorstorm: Arctic Edge or Everybody’s Tennis, you won’t be able to download these titles again for the time being. And it’s unclear whether or not they’ll return to the PlayStation Store. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Are you disappointed that these PSP titles are no longer available?

[via TechRadar]


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