Earlier today, Sony released PS4 4.50 to the masses. The latest firmware update brings in particular support for external HDD and custom wallpapers, as well as some improvements specific to PS4 Pro and Playstation VR. I won’t dive into details here as many other mainstream sites out there already dissected the firmware for you, but you can in particular check the official announce on the Playstation blog.
What’s interesting for us however is the level of excitement that can be felt in the scene. The excitement originated with rumors of an upcoming 4.50 exploit. As much as I would love to see it happen, I don’t have confidence the thing is legit (my opinion can be read here and the people behind the “hack” have not given me any new reason to change my mind over the past few weeks), but as always I would love to be proven wrong: my original PS4 Phat has been sitting on 4.05 since Christmas, while my main gaming gear is now a PS4 slim.
On a side note, Cybergadget, the company behind the PS4 Cyber savedata tool, have announced that their tool is not compatible with the latest firmware, and are asking their customers to not update their PS4 for now.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, when so many groups have proven they have exploits up and running, and with others spreading unverifiable rumors of hacks for the latest firmware. We’re at the point where the tiniest bit of information turns into a huge “Obi-Wan, you’re our only hope” kind of event. Earlier on social media, people were getting excited that hacker qwertyoruiop recently got himself a PS4 slim, expecting him to investigate the device. From what I remember, the hacker had already been working under the hood with CTurt on the exploits that made it to 1.76, so I’m not sure how him buying a PS4 Slim suddenly makes a huge difference in his skills though :).
As always, the surest way to get homebrew on any console is to stay on as low a firmware as you possibly can. In my case, I’ve done that by buying a second PS4. I kind of wish I had done it earlier, honestly.