Two years after its release, hackers managed to jailbreak the PS5, which leaves the door open to pirated games.
In a few weeks, the PS5 will blow out its second candle, and for the past two years, hackers have been busy. While most had fun creating high-performance bots to commandeer as many PS5s as possible as soon as it was replenished on reseller sites, others used their time for equally questionable hacking activities.
During the day of October 3, we had via the networks PS5 jailbreak confirmation. This is Lance McDonald, a famous insider but also a talented modder, who shares a short video of his console, whose interface has undergone some major changes. See for yourself, the modder is able to unlock debugging settings allowing it to download files obtained by devious means.
A first jailbreak
If you don’t know what jailbreak means, it is an jailbreaking action that allows the user to exploit their device to the maximum of its capabilities, and unlock all facets of their operating system. To do this, the hacker bypasses and unlocks the security and restrictions affixed by the default manufacturer. It’s the equivalent of God Mode for budding developers.
In principle, this action is not illegal and therefore cannot be blamed on a benevolent user. However, this kind of approach is rarely undertaken for indisputable moral ends. This is often the first step towards downloading and using pirated games, which every manufacturer dreads. That’s why this video is obviously very bad news for Sony… which doesn’t have too much to worry about yet.
Sony in trouble? Not that much
For the moment, this jailbreak is at least partial, and usable only under certain very specific conditions. Lance McDonald had to confine himself to a dated version of the operating system, and was able to download an otherwise inaccessible demo without being able to play it. On Twitter, the modder also had to justify his actions and the implementation of the jailbreak on his console. He explains :
“People seem to misunderstand: I have PT on my PSN account legally, I was able to use the debug menu to install PT from a USB drive, bypassing both the PlayStation Store blacklist placed on this game and also the fact that the game was removed by Konami. However, a second blacklist exists on the PS5 itself that prevents 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 modify or destroy this blacklist.”
“Progress” therefore remains to be made before the PS5 reveals all of its secrets to us. We remind you, however, that pirating is punishable by law and that it is therefore not an activity to be considered, despite all the technical and technological prowess that it may demonstrate.
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