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Sony clamps down on Vita hacking

Despite console's slow death, Sony moves to protect its interests in Japan with anti-hacking firmware update

Despite Vita's long ride into the sunset, Sony is still releasing anti-hacking firmware for the handheld.

As reported by Kotaku, Vita hacker Andy Nguyen -- responsible for the recent Trinity Exploit -- this week revealed a new hack, h-encore˛.

Unlike previous hacks, h-encore˛ doesn't require a PSP, and can be done directly onto the Vita system.

However, Sony shut it down almost immediately, and released a firmware update that "improves system performance."

Posting on Twitter, Nguyen said: "Welp, Sony doesn't want to see us having fun. They just released FW 3.72 which blacklisted the userland exploit."

Over the past year, Sony has been slowly scaling back its support for the Vita, ending game card production in the US and Europe, console shipping, and the roster of free monthly games with PlayStation Plus.

Despite this, the Vita still enjoys a certain level of popularity in Japan -- where game cartridges are still being produced -- meaning Sony still has a vested interest in maintaining security for the near future.

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