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If you’ve been following the homebrew community for the current generation of handheld consoles then you likely know that it’s been a very interesting week. Both the 3DS and Vita received a hack for the latest firmwares, and surprisingly both work in essentially the same way. They both use the web browser to install a hack, and thus require no paid software whatsoever. In this article I’m going to discuss why these hacks are unique, define a few terms you’ll hear in the homebrew scenes and I’ll show you how to install each hack. Let’s get to it.
All any of these hacks are is a way to run unapproved code on your handheld systems. Usually, this involves finding an exploit which is a way to crash a game in a way that lets the code run. This allows an entry point for the installation of homebrew software, which is any software that is made by hobbyists without the permission of the console manufacturers. Homebrew software is a varied thing, but the one that most people seem interested in is emulation and both consoles have a great variety of them. Interestingly, neither of the current hacks allows for the piracy of 3DS or Vita games which is something a large amount of homebrewers are firmly against. Considering that console manufacturers often complain that homebrew is only there to allow piracy I felt I had to make that point.
It’s missing the music, but it’s still DOOM!
Now almost all other hacks for these consoles required a purchased game to trigger the exploit. While it could vary from hack to hack, some were used multiple times – the big example is the otherwise mediocre 3DS game Cubic Ninja which has become rather hard to find and expensive due to its use in homebrew. The Vita has had a wide array of exploitable titles but almost none repeated – Pool Hall Pro being the only one I can think of. While a hack released in any month for either console is news, the fact that both had one in the same week is unheard of and is the most exciting thing to happen to console homebrew in a very long time. The Vita actually got the best of the two, but I’ll go into that later on. Let’s look at how to hack the 3ds. How’s about a video? One caveat: both hacks require the consoles to be on the most current firmware.