It is unusual for me to talk about news instead of opinions, but it seems that the source of this is in portuguese, so I can give us a little edge of what it seems to be going on. Well, I already posted about the rumored PS4 jailbreak here (http://wololo.net/2015/04/25/just-2-cents-brazilian-ps4-jailbreak), but now I will talk about its origin.
The said jailbreak seems to be a private hack from a user named SONIC_FPS from this (http://www.rewtec.com/t13350-colocar-jogos-em-ps4) forum that has been going on for a while. This user seems to speak Portuguese from Portugal (not from Brazil). I will translate the relevant parts of the thread:
SONIC_FPS (12 jan 2015):
“Dear friends, before anything else I want to say that I will not answer PMs asking how to do it and etc. This method I’m using is mine and completely private. But I am looking for some other way to share this method, which doesn’t mean I will post it on the internet or something like that. I will just share this method with two of my friends here that respected me and have always believed on my work.
This Saturday I will share the method with the aforementioned users and will sell to only one brazilian user for R$ 5000 (approximately U$ 1700) [SOLD] ” …
On a subsequent post he added:
” Dear friends, I wish I could detail and share the bug and method with you all, but then it would get corrected and then nobody will be able to enjoy it.”
Sony Kid (13 Feb 2015):
“I hope we can play on this CFW”
SONIC_FPS (13 Feb 2015):
“It’s not a CFW, just original games”
SONIC_FPS (17 Feb 2015):
“Like I said on another forum, I will say it here: It’s annoying how I always get messages asking to sell and etc, that I don’t share anything with anybody, etc, etc… So I decided to give in and R$ 5000 is the price, and I will only sell to one user… Beginning this Saturday, divx will be doing my method, as well as to other users. I have everything already set up to pass on to them. I’m long alone on this , and I only get donations after people ask something in return. ” …
Ihllima (20 April 2015):
“Is the R$ 5000 offer still on?”
Akiramato (21 April 2015):
“Yeah SONIC_FPS, I would like also to negotiate with you.”
Style Games (24 April 2015):
“I also would like to know if is R$5000 still the price.”
I would like to point out that these 3 last messages are apparently from Brazilians, as some abbreviations and slang are characteristic from Brazilian Portuguese.
Obviously we can only speculate, but it seems that one of the Brazilian users from the forum got to negotiate with SONIC_FPS and bought the said method.
About the Facebook page from Medic Games were removed and they replaced with the following: “Friends, for security reasons we decided to not bring the subject up anymore. In the following days….”
About SONIC_FPS, from what I found about him, it seems that he does know his trade, as he seems to have developed (or at least posted) about other hacking tools and tips (http://consolevo.net/?author=1). Even if he (or she) has the said method, it could be an impostor, or a scheme. Only time will tell.
Whether Medic Games will go through with this or not, we will have our answers by next week, and we will have a very unusual scenario, where the “vanguard” of console modding will be shifted to an underdeveloped latin american country.
But my problem with this is that they are trying not only charging people for piracy, but to create a retailer chain to create a monopoly around it, and that is not just ethically wrong, since it is being exclusively for backups; it holds modding progress as a whole, limiting functionality and learning potentials. What are your thoughts? Do you want to believe?