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Not using your PS Vita? Turn it into a retro console emulator

The PS Vita console never quite fulfilled its promise and, although it gained new life with PS4 Remote Play, many of them have probably been consigned to the old tech drawers alongside old iPods and obsolete cables.

Thanks to the handiwork of some determined hackers, you can now free the handheld from Sony’s shackles and reinvent it as a console emulator.

The relatively simple jailbreak (via ArsTechnica) from the group dubbed Team Molecule comes through the console’s web browser.

All Vita owners (who have the v3.60 of the firmware installed) can simply browse to the HENkaku website and tap install.

See also: Sony PS Vita review

Users will then be able to use FTP software (like FileZilla) in order to transfer unofficial ROMs onto the PS Vita’s memory card.

As the exploit is extremely new there aren’t that many games compatible with the Vita as yet.

However, Team Molecule has a version of Doom for PSP, while there’s also a programme that enables Game Boy Advance ROMs to be played on the device. There are also emulators that enable some Mega Drive (Genesis) and SNES games.

The only drawback to the experience is that the method must be repeated every time users power the Vita on and off.

Also, in order to continue using it Vita owners won’t be able to download any new firmware beyond v3.60.

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