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Wait, wasn't the Vita already hacked? If you've paid attention to the news earlier this year then you might remember some hacking already going on with the system. Games such as Motorstorm: Pacific Rift were exploited in order to open up a mode to run the Vita Homebrew Loader (VHBL). However, this hack didn't grant you access to the Vita itself, but simply the PSP mode that is a part of the system. Things may now be changing as developer Yifan Lu is making quick work of accessing the Vita usermode. Titled simply Usermode Vita Loader (UVL) it will, when completed, grant users access to playing things like homebrew and emulators on the system. What makes this different from VHBL? Instead of running in the weaker PSP mode, it will have the power of the Vita behind it. While a NES emulator would not really need much, it might open up the possibility of more resource-intensive emulators being playable on the go. Of course no discussion about playing pirated games has been mentioned by the developer. With this code it won't even be allowed, as you would need something more than usermode to run that sort of data. This is notable as before this only the VHBL developer has been publicly working with the Vita. With Lu's code being checked and worked on right now it's only a matter of time until people are hacking their Vita and fighting with Sony's future firmware updates.