h-encore has been out for over 48 hours (2 days) so by now, impulse-updaters wouldíve already headed to FW 3.65 or 3.68. However, if youíre the more cautious type, should you update to a higher firmware or should you just stay put?

Letís start off with the positive aspect of updating your system software by discussing the benefits. If you decide to leave the glorious FW 3.60 for firmware 3.65 or 3.68, youíll get the following benefits:

  • The ability to play games that require a higher firmware.CelesteBlue is apparently working on making games that require FW 3.68 on FW 3.65 (and possibly 3.60). Image courtesy of ďTh3_Grift3rĒ of Reddit

    As it stands right now, you canít run game titles that require firmware 3.61 or higher on firmware 3.60 out of the box anyway.

    • However, there is a solution to this. Currently, games that require FW 3.65 dumped with MaiDump can be made to work on FW 3.60 since the EBOOT is decrypted. Furthermore, CelesteBlue has apparently stated that heís working on running games that need firmware 3.68 on 3.65 (which may also extend to firmware 3.60).
    • Obviously, you donít need to be a pirate to dump games for a console running a lower FW. All you need is two PSVita/PSTV (one of each is fine too) with one running a higher firmware so that you could dump games through it.

  • TLSv1.2 support in firmware 3.67+. This is quite important if you use the Browser on your PSVita and it might be required for some future homebrew that fetches data from the internet.
  • PSN will work out of the box if youíre using firmware 3.68
    • PSN does work to varying degrees on lower firmwares however.

  • You could activate your system since systems running FW 3.63 or lower canít activate due to some activation server changes