Updated December 11, 2019.
What if I am on firmware 3.69 to 3.73?
Hencore2 is now out and this allows users to install Henkaku (hack the Vita) on 3.69+. However, the hack is not permanent on firmwares over 3.65. Therefore, you will have to reapply the hack after every shutdown but leaving it in sleep mode is fine. Some of the hacks in this guide might not work on firmware 3.69+.
Why do I Need to Downgrade from 3.69+, I thought I Hacked my Vita?
Hencore2 is a temporary solution, you need to downgrade because not every hack works on 3.69 or higher.
Can I Still Log Into PSN and Use Remote Play After Hacking my Vita?
Yes, these features still exist after the Vita has been hacked. All you need is to spoof your firmware to 3.73 in HENkaku settings.
Will my PSN Account Get Banned?
There have been no reported user bans from Sony. However, don’t do something silly such as using cheats when playing online or syncing your account with fake trophies. For peace of mind, create a new PSN account for your hacked Vita.
What is HENkaku?
An app that lets you run hacks/mods on your Vita, but disappears when you turn off your system. You must load HENkaku again when you turn on the PS Vita (putting the Vita into sleep mode will not cause HENkaku to disappear). Available on all firmwares starting on 3.60.
What is Enso?
Enso automatically loads HENkaku every time you turn on your vita. You can turn off your Vita without HENkaku disappearing. Available on firmware (or system update) 3.60 and 3.65. Think of it as a permanent hack.
What is H-Encore?
A new hack released on July 1, 2018 that allows users on the official Sony firmware of 3.65, 3.67, and 3.68 to install HENkaku (see guide here). Those on 3.65 WILL be able to install Enso.
What if I am on firmware 3.67/3.68?
You will need to launch H-Encore every time you turn off your Vita or you can downgrade the Vita to 3.60 or 3.65 (guide here) to install Enso.
What is the best firmware to be on?
3.60 is said to be the best because of how easy it is to install Enso and being the firmware with the most compatibility with all the hacks out there. However, the benefits are very minimal between 3.60 and 3.65. If you don’t mind loading HENkaku every time or leaving your Vita on sleep mode, then being on 3.67 or 3.68 will be fine. It is highly recommended to downgrade if you are on higher firmware.
What is NoNpDrm?
NoDpDrm are the official PS Vita game files but with fake licenses generated. The NoDpDrm plugin will allow you to install these games, please see my guide here for the installation. It is highly recommended to have NoDpDrm game files. Games from NoPayStation and PKGj are NoDpDrm files.
What are NoPayStation and PKGj?
NoPayStation is an app designed for users to download games, DLCs, updates, and themes on their PC or Mac and then transferred over to the PS Vita. These downloads come from users who have actually uploaded the downloads to Nopaystation for everyone’s enjoyment. This provides a safe and fast way to get what you want. Please see my guide here to install NoPayStation.
PKGj is NoPayStation on the PS Vita, where users can download directly from their Vita what they need. Since the PS Vita WiFi is being used, downloads will be much slower. Please see my guide here to install PKGj.