Q-encore released – A quicker way to relaunch h-encore on your FW 3.67/8 PSVita or PSTV!

As many of us know, FW 3.67 fixed the bug that allows unsigned code to run at boot without any user interaction, also known as an untether. Due to this, you have to rerun h-encore to re-exploit your system every reboot. Now, Q-encore has been released to slightly quicken this process!

What is Q-encore?

Q-encore (Quick h-encore), by Yoti, is a modified version of the launcher of TheFlow’s h-encorethat removes some of its features to make running h-encore require less steps from the user’s end.

h-encore released! Hack FW 3.65-3.68 on your PSVita/PSTV right now!

Q-encore is only a modification of h-encore’s launcher and it still uses the same exploit and supports the same firmware versions!

These missing features include:

  • The main menu
  • The ability to force re-install VitaShell
    • You’ll probably never need to do this unless you’re mucking around with VitaShell or a bad update somehow slips through

The README also states that Q-encore auto downloads VitaShell if you removed it, that taiHEN’s config files will be restored if they’re not found at ux0:/tai or ur0:/tai and that HENkaku gets reinstalled if a module gets removed.

If you don’t know much about PSVita hacking, h-encore is a hack by TheFlow that lets you run homebrew/plugins/themes and much more on FW 3.65-8 (think of it as HENkaku for those firmwares). FW 3.65 doesn’t need Q-encore because it can use Enso which allows unsigned code to run at boot without any user interaction.

How do I install it?

To install Q-encore, you have to do the following:

  • You must have h-encore installed on your PSVita in the first place.

    Installing Q-encore is pretty easy but it’s recommended you play a bit with VitaShell before trying to install it so as not to mess anything up!

    • Obviously, you need to have run the hack before so that you could get VitaShell installed as Q-encore requires you to use VitaShell to install it
  • Download the system.dat provided in this link
  • Copy the system.dat file to your PSVita via FTP or USB
  • Press TRIANGLE on your device and press copy (now, the system.dat file that’s Q-encore itself is in VitaShell’s clipboard)
  • Navigate to ux0:/user/00/savedata
  • Find the PCSG90096 folder, press TRIANGLE and select ‘Open Decrypted’
  • Paste the system.dat file there
  • Reboot your PSVita and hope it works well 🙂
  • Congrats, you just saved yourself a single button press every time you reboot your PSVita/PSTV!
  • You can optionally make a backup of the h-encore bubble you applied Q-encore to in QCMA for safekeeping just in case you manage to delete it or your memory card goes bust

As you can see, the installation process is pretty easy so even though Q-encore only saves you about a second per reboot, I personally think that it’s worth installing it on your system since it doesn’t take long to do. Furthermore, it could simplify the process for hacking the device if you hand it to less tech-savvy friends or family!

Conclusion

If you encounter any issues, report them to Yoti on the Twitter link provided in-line above. Overall, Q-encore is a pretty nice tweak that’s purely there as a small quality of life improvement but you still shouldn’t update to FW 3.67/8 if you’re on FW 3.60/5 because nothing beats Enso!

If you’re still thinking about leaving those firmwares, please check out this cool plugin before doing something you regret!

This is the README in case you can’t access MEGA from the device you’re reading this on