Two years after its release, hackers managed to jailbreak the PS5, opening the door to piracy.
In a few weeks, the PS5 will blow out its second candle, and hackers have been busy for the past two years. While most enjoyed creating high-performance bots to command as many PS5s as possible once they were stocked up on reseller sites, others used their time for equally questionable hacking activities.
On the day of October 3rd we had over the nets PS5 Jailbreak Confirmation. This is Lance McDonald, a famous insider but also a talented modder, sharing a short video of his console, which has undergone some major UI changes. See for yourself, the modder is able to unlock debugging settings that allow him to download files obtained in sneaky ways.
A first jailbreak
If you don’t know what jailbreak means, it is a jailbreaking action that allows the user to get the most out of their device and unlock all facets of its operating system. To do this, the hacker bypasses and unlocks the security measures and restrictions put in place by the standard manufacturer. It’s the godmode equivalent for aspiring developers.
Basically, this action is not illegal and therefore cannot be blamed on a benevolent user. However, this type of approach is rarely pursued for undeniable moral purposes. This is often the first step to downloading and using pirated software that every maker dreads. So this video is obviously very bad news for Sony… who don’t have too much to worry about just yet.
Sony in trouble? Not very much
At the moment this jailbreak is at least partially usable and only under certain very specific conditions. Confined to an outdated version of the operating system, Lance McDonald was able to download an otherwise inaccessible demo without being able to play it. The modder also had to justify his actions and the implementation of the jailbreak on his console on Twitter. He explains :
“People seem to have misunderstood: I have PT legally on my PSN account, I was able to use the debug menu to install PT from a USB drive, using both the PlayStation Store blacklist for this game and the The fact that the game was removed bypassed Konami. However, a second blacklist exists on the PS5 itself, preventing you from launching the game even if you manage to install it AND have a license to run it. There is no way (yet) to change or destroy this blacklist.”
So “progress” still needs to be made before the PS5 reveals all of its secrets to us. However, we remind you that piracy is punishable by law and therefore, despite all the technical and technological skills that it may have, it is not an activity to be considered.
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