My Findings on Hackinformer’s PSTV Compatibility Exploit



If you aren’t active in the other online PS Vita communities, you may be aware that a hack or, rather, an exploit of the Email App, has been released to the public by the site, Hackinformer, via the following article and instructions:

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Basically, you are able to open an attachment inside an email that lets you temporarily re-write the base code on the PS Vita software that is supposed to disable the white-list that makes many Vita games have the “Not Compatible with PlayStation TV” message pop up.  Many people have covered this.  Some, like NeoGAF, are stating that it enabled ALL games and apps to launch on the PlayStation TV.

The truth of the matter is that it doesn’t.  It enables a lot of much-desired Vita games to launch on the PSTV, but not all games and apps will launch with this method.  So, I went through every Vita native game that I own to test to find out exactly what this exploit enables and what it does not enable to launch on the PSTV.

The changes are only temporary, however.  If you connect to PSN, the changes will automatically be undone back to default and require you to re-do the exploit.

Before you look at this list, remember one thing.  Just because a game will launch on the PlayStation TV doesn’t mean you can play all of it.  The PSTV has no way of using motion controls or camera controls.  If a game requires that or the use of the front and rear touch screens at the same time, you can play part but not all of it, due to hardware limitations.

So, here are my findings of the games I own:

Works with Exploit

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
Flying Hamster HD
Get Off My Lawn
Gravity Rush
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
Invizimals: The Alliance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril
LittleBigPlanet PS Vita
Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection
Mortal Kombat
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
PlayStation Vita Pets
Ratchet and Clank Trilogy
Rayman Legends
Resistance: Burning Skies
Run Like Hell
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
Sly Cooper Collection
Starlight Inception
Street Fighter x Tekken
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Ys: Memories of Celceta

Still Does Not Work with Exploit

Actual Sunlight
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax
Doodle Kingdom
Fat Princess: Piece of Cake
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1
Invokers Tournament
Invizimals: The Resistance
Medieval Defenders
Muppets Movie Adventures
Murasaki Baby
Project Root
Run Sackboy Run
Tetris Ultimate

Do note that it is likely this will be patched in the next firmware update.  So, be sure to not upgrade your firmware past 3.52 if you plan on using this.