Yifan Lu, the man who helped crack the security in Amazon’s Kindle products, has reportedly found an exploit in the Vita’s code that will allow him to make a homebrew loader for the device. He supposedly is already hard at work on this loader, even providing preliminary code for analysis, though he admits he shouldn’t have said anything regarding the crack yet.
Lu only mentioned the exploit in hopes of gaining help from other code experts, and didn’t expect the interest of the entire gaming community to be on him. He assumed it would be like the Kindle’s progress: he announced it early, and people only really cared when his crack finally launched. Now, he’s realized it would have been beneficial to silently seek aid; he regrets that it may be months before the crack goes public, and that the necessary gateway might be shut by Sony before it goes live.
Before you rub off that massive boner you just got imagining an ISO loader for your Vita, Lu blatantly states that he’s against it, and wouldn’t even know how to attempt to locate the kernel or necessary entrance point to enable a fully-opened system. He realizes that his move is the stepping stone for an eventual open system, but is adamant that this isn’t his wish.
There’s a very interesting introspective review over on PlayStation Lifestyle with Lu, in which he details his personal philosophy and intent with this marvelous achievement. I’m particularly impressed with his reasoning as to why PlayStation Mobile cannot replace a true homebrew community and its benefits.
…so, does anyone think this could boost Vita sales, even without the promise of piracy? That’d be a definite positive!
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