There’s an apparent PS5 jailbreak, but only for old firmware

Almost two years after it went on sale, modders appear to have found a way to jailbreak the console, albeit with some significant caveats. As Notes, a modder called SpecterDev the apparent jailbreak described as an experimental IPV6 kernel exploit exploiting a WebKit vulnerability.

It seems that the jailbreak only works on PS5 systems running firmware version 4.03 or earlier. If you’ve updated your PS5 since last October, you probably can’t try the exploit. Even then, it seems that trying to install the jailbreak only works about a third of the time.

What you can actually do now with a jailbroken PS5 is gaining access to the system’s debug menu. You may also be able to install games from outside of the PlayStation Store, but it is not possible to run sideloaded software.

tried the jailbreak and was able to install the PS4 demo ptHideo Kojima’s famously delisted teaser for the cancelled . (PS4 devices with pt Installed often appears on eBay.) However, McDonald was unable to launch the game. While the exploit provides read/write access to the PS5, there is currently no way to run sideloaded files. definitely.

As it stands, it doesn’t seem likely that this jailbreak will be widely used anytime soon due to its limitations and the fact that Sony could ban modders’ accounts. Additionally, there’s a risk of bricking the console at a time when buying one isn’t entirely straightforward yet. Still, this could provide other hackers and modders with a foundation upon which to build more robust jailbreaking tools.

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