I ran a quick poll last week on Twitter to see how many of you are running a PS4 1.76. Although the numbers are not “huge”, they’re definitely bigger than I expected.
10% of the people who replied to the poll stated they have a PS4 running firmware 1.76 (or below). 79% run on the latest firmware (currently firmware 3.50), and 11% are running a firmware between 2.00 and 3.15 included.
The latter category, those of you running between 2.00 and 3.15, is interesting to me. I’d categorize them as the people “actively” waiting for a hack. These are the people who missed the 1.76 hack train, but understand the benefit of staying on a low firmware, waiting for more “good news”.
These are the people who are the most likely to benefit from any upcoming hack for the PS4. It’s not to say that people on firmware 3.50 don’t want to hack their PS4, but rather that people on 3.50 do not see the current benefit of waiting. Either because they think the wait would be too long, or because the benefits of hacking one’s PS4 (currently allowing tinkerers to run Linux, and Steam on PS4) are not enough for them to give up on online play and other official features.
Keep in mind that the numbers are totally biased: we got 588 answers (that’s a lot, thanks guys!), but people following my Twitter account are people interested in console hacks in general. It’s not surprising that the population of people “not running on the latest firmware” is unusually high (21%) among the scene. The actual numbers, among all PS4 owners, are probably much lower for 1.76 firmware.