PS4 Firmware 4.73 released, blocks MTX Key, ban reports on shared piracy accounts
The lifespan of the PS4 MTX Key modchip will only have been of a few weeks. The device, which was enabling game sharing with virtually infinite numbers of “friends”, has been confirmed by multiple sources to be patched with the latest PS4 firmware. PS4 Firmware 4.73 was released earlier today to block the MTX Key and all of its clones.
Yes not MTX Key only but all boards is the same and now all are blocked.
— Abkarino (@AbkarinoMHM) August 2, 2017
As is often the case with such security updates, the official changelog from Sony does not explicitly mention what’s under the hood:
This system software update improves the quality of the system performance.
The video below, posted on scene site psxhax by user SheenuTheLegend, shows that all pirated games now appear as “locked” on the account using the MTX Key, preventing them to start.
This is not a big surprise (we had mentioned the many ways Sony could choose to block the MTX Key), and more pain could be on the way for the few people who had chosen to buy the piracy device: Some users on psxhax are reporting that their accounts used for gamesharing have been banned. In other words, it seems like staying on firmware 4.72 will only delay the inevitable.
Hardware mod resellers are facing an always shrinking time span during witch they can monetize this kind of hacks. Similarly to the MTX Key, The Cobra Black Fin on the PS Vita never really took off due to how convoluted it was to use, a small user base. The Black Fin was ultimately rendered useless once piracy was enabled on PS Vita firmware 3.60.
More generally, Sony have become pretty good at killing these hardware mods as soon as they come out, confirming that funding piracy is pretty much a bad move, any way you look at it.
As always, for people who expect to see their PS4 hacked one day, and although this firmware only seems to be blocking these specific devices, it is recommended to stay on as low a firmware as you possibly can. In my case, I have chosen to buy a second PS4 (a PS4 Slim), which I now use as my main gaming gear, while my older PS4 patiently waits to be hacked.