Looks like Sony is nuking PSP games to prevent PSV hacks

In case you weren’t paying attention, on 01 March, a hacking collective at Wololo.net announced that they’d managed to hack the new PlayStation Vita. Thanks to a loophole found in the code of downloadable PSP title Motorstorm: Arctic Edge, the group managed to get their homebrew loader working on Sony’s latest portable gaming unit. Sony responded to this by removing all copies of Motorstorm: Arctic Edge from the PlayStation Store – this has even blocked legitimate purchasers from ever downloading the title again.

Hackers being hackers however, the group at Wololo.net didn’t give up but found a similar loophole in the Japanese and European versions of downloadable PSP title Everybody’s Tennis. This happened over last weekend. Sony responded by hastily remove all copies of Everybody’s Tennis from the PlayStation Store before the new exploit could be released to the public.

It looks like Sony is approaching PSV hacking with a “treat the cause” kind of approach. Previously, with the PSP, Sony fought against hacks by treating the symptoms; this they did by releasing firmware update after firmware update in order to plug any exploitable holes.

The group at Wololo.net maintain that their hack simply allows for homebrew games to be installed, and they uploaded a video of the original PC version of Doom being played on a PSV. They also maintain that the hack does not allow pirated PSV games to run at all.

Sony’s decision to remove the two games originally tied to this homebrew exploit might be a waste of time. The hacker group claims that they have exploit tools in place that will ensure their homebrew hack can continue to run as more loopholes are found in further downloadable PSP titles.

If Sony continues with this approach, there might be very few PSP titles left to download onto your PSV. Just to be safe, maybe you should re-download all of the PSP games you’ve recently purchased via the PlayStation Store? You know, before Wololo.net finds a loophole in your favourite title.

Source: Ars Technica
Via: Kotaku