A rumor has started to spread on some PS4 scene sites that Team Cobra, the team of hackers behind the popular Cobra ODE for PS3, are working on a PS4 dongle. From what we can tell this information is fake and based on former rumors spread by fake twitter accounts a few weeks ago.
According to the rumor, Team Cobra is working on a dongle that would allow PS4 users to run homebrews and “non-copyrighted downloaded games” (That part does not make sense to me. I interpret that as “the possibility to run unsigned content”, or in other words a way for the console to run PS4 games that have been stripped of their technical protections). Quoting the original rumor:
So according to the Cobra Team they are planning to announce and release the COBRA USB PS4 game emulator which will make PS4 users be able to enable homebrew applications and may allow play non-copyrighted downloaded games on their PS4 system!
This is not the first rumor about a dongle incoming for the PS4. These rumors are fueled by a mix of real and fake news on the current state of PS4 Jailbreak. Recently, Team Rebug (of PS3 fame) announced they would start working on the PS4 as well, and although that announce is true, there is no evidence that team rebug is any further than what has been publicly disclosed by people such as CTurt.
Fake Twitter account h3ck34 have been pretending they would release a usb dongle for the PS4 soon. We have debunked that here. But since account h3ck34 pretended they were affiliated to Cobra, it is possible the rumor is evolving into “Cobra team is working on a PS4 dongle”.
Cobra PS4 dongle? A Fake, for now
So is this a mutating rumor here? The author of the originating “news” does not point to any source for his information, and has been a member of the forum where the rumor was initially posted, for less than 2 month. I contacted people close to the Cobra team who have told me Team Cobra is not currently working on the PS4. The only ongoing known project of Team Cobra is the Cobra Blackfin for PS Vita, which has been significantly delayed for unknown reasons (we’re following up on that). In other words, this new rumor is most likely the h3ck34 fake mutating into something slightly different.
The “Cobra PS4 Dongle” rumor has been relayed on several scene sites, some of which are taking the information at face value without even mentioning it is a rumor. As always be careful about what you read on PS4 scene sites (this is true for what we post here at wololo.net, I’m not pretending we’re perfect and we’ve relayed rumors by mistake in the past).