Sooner or later there is a jailbreak for each console, which makes it possible to install your own software on the console. With the PS5, a Blu-ray is probably enough for this.
It took a while for the PS4 to get hacked. However, just last year, there was a successful hack presented by a hobby developer. Since the PS5 is not that much different from the PS4, it was assumed that the current Sony console would be jailbroken much faster than the previous consoles.
That’s exactly what happened now, or rather, in November 2021, when Google developer and PlayStation hacker Andy “TheFlow” Nguyen presented his hacked PS5 via Twitter. Or rather, a screenshot showing how he unlocked debug settings that are otherwise only accessible to developers.
— Andy Nguyen (@theflow0) November 7, 2021
All you need is a Blu-ray Disc and an associated burner. Great technical knowledge is not required.
For this discovery, Nguyen received a $20,000 reward from the official hacker rewards program. But then he took the oath of secrecy. However, he has now broken that silence with Sony’s approval.
this is how he did
To be able to use a fully functional jailbreak, the PS5 has to pass two levels. Once the user environment we get to see the players and once the central system core, which is responsible for all the data of the PS5.
Where user environments can be circumvented more often, no one has yet succeeded in revealing the core of the central system. However, it is possible if you use Blu-ray discs. Nguyen has now demonstrated it. The PS5 can read discs with the programming language Java. So he managed to write his own jailbreak code on PS5.
At the “Hardwear.io” conference, he presented his hack with related Video Not published yet. It should follow next week and show just how easy the hack really is.
hack already obsolete
However, since jailbreaks and hacks are still compatible with certain firmware versions, they always need to be updated. Otherwise they won’t work anymore. So the current hack will only work with version 4.51 or older Celebration And of course the PS5 requires a Blu-ray drive. However, Nguyen only wrote the complete jailbreak for firmware version 4.03, which was released in October 2021.
Furthermore, they published the hack only partially, so that jailbreaks could not be easily copied. But it can be assumed that other resourceful hobby developers are in the process of creating it.
What does it bring to the players?
Basically, jailbreaking isn’t even illegal. Simply creating and distributing pirated software. For some hackers, breaking into an almost bug-free system brings satisfaction. In addition, with a jailbreak, it will be possible to install your own emulators, which would otherwise not be possible.
What do you think about all this? If it works would you install the jailbreak?
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