Are “backups” coming to PS4 1.76, and should you care?
Scene veteran Zecoxao has shared a few screenshots of what he claims to be a PS4 pirated game running on a retail PS4 1.76. He stated piracy is now a reality on PS4 and is coming “soon” to the PS4.
As seems to have become the rule nowadays for these types of posts, the games showcased was Minecraft. (Zecoxao had showcased the same game running on a devkit about a year ago)
Now, the information here needs to be taken with a bucket of salt.
First, although Zecoxao has been a member of the hacking scene for a while now, he hasn’t shared much besides a screenshot, and has not precised if this is his work or the work of some other people. In other words, there’s no guarantee anything gets released. The usage of the word “soon” in the hacking scene is also more and more a shortcut to say “probably never, depending on the hacker’s mood, we just wanted to show you it was possible”.
also, this is for retail 1.76.
— Rem is best Waifu (@notzecoxao) September 17, 2017
Secondly, and maybe more importantly, there are not that many folks running a PS4 on firmware 1.76 nowadays, as finding such a device has become increasingly difficult.
There’s also the problem that running pirated games on firmware 1.76 would limit the selection to games that require firmware 1.76 or less. In other words, any game released on the past 3 years is out of the question. That’s more than half of the PS4’s library. Which is probably going to give Sony execs a bit of relief.
With that being said, this could mean people who badly want it might finally be able to play the silent Hill PT demo (if this technique does not work for them).
However, if this turns out to be true, and that ultimately a PS4 Jailbreak for a more recent firmware sees the light of day, this could quickly turn into very bad news for Sony. If the technique used to dump the games and run a copy also turns out to work on more recent firmwares, the combination of a 4.xx jailbreak and this piracy technique could rapidly open the valves to piracy on the PS4. Obviously, that’s a lot of “ifs” there, and assuming this thing is not just a hacker’s brag, as has often been the case on the PS4 so far.
Update: Zecoxao has now shared the technique he used to run Minecraft. The current process is pretty involved but you can follow the steps over at playstationhax and see if it works for you. You’ll need a PS4 running 1.76, though.