The PlayStation 5 has been jailbroken, but players may not know what that really means. As this situation continues to develop, the exploit may evolve into something more extensive, but it is currently quite limited in scope and availability. This may not be a full-scale hack, but it hints at potential problems for Sony in the future.
Jailbreaking is a term used to describe when exploits are found in a given piece of hardware, such as a game console or smartphone, allowing users to bypass restrictions placed on the device by the manufacturers. Game consoles have a long history of being hacked by consumers, such as modding a Nintendo Switch with custom firmware. However, the jailbreak in question involves a specific kernel exploit that was published by a hacker known as SpecterDev. The limitations of the exploit exceed its use, but the thought of what it can lead to is still a point of interest for the modding community.
As reported by Video Games Chronicle, the PlayStation 5’s jailbreak is currently only known to work on consoles running version 4.03 of the firmware, regardless of whether they are disc or digital versions. This specific firmware version was in October 2021 and replaced in December 2021 by version 4.50. PS5s running older firmware may also be affected, but the exploit must be modified to do so. Even on consoles running firmware 4.03, SpecterDev warns potential users about the exploit’s instability, saying it will only work about 30% of the time. While these PS5 hackers may have jailbroken the console, they certainly have a long way to go before it’s as formidable as other infamous companies.
PS5 Jailbreak – Hacked consoles cannot play games downloaded via exploit
As for what the jailbreak actually allows users to do, it’s not nearly as extensive as some fans might hope. Primarily, it gives users root privileges and access to debugging settings, which is an extended suite of settings with non-consumer use. The exploit has also been shown to allow the installation of various game files, even unlisted versions. However, there is a major limitation on that front: currently, the exploit does not allow the execution of these files, which means that those who hack their PlayStation 5s cannot actually play any games they can install with it.
PlayStation 5 gamers may have hoped for a more extensive hack, but Sony is sure to be grateful that it only goes as far as it does. The PS5 community is far from using a jailbreak to modify online PlayStation lobbies, but now an ominous precedent has been set. While Sony moves to ensure everything possible PlayStation 5 exploit is patched, hackers will surely test exactly how far this jailbreak can go.
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