When SpecterDev tweeted about the upcoming 5.05 PS4 exploit, I got excited because pretty much all PS4s in stores today are “most likely” to ship with firmware 5.05 or lower. Is it 100% the case though?
Unfortunately, multiple people have reported that they have bought new PS4s that shipped with firmware 5.50, or even the recently spotted, but unusual, firmware 5.07.
Specifically, developer Joonie mentioned he got a PS4 Pro, bought in April, that shipped with firmware 5.50. Twitter user @Faycal31oran also mentioned getting a Pro with firmware 5.50.
Additionally, at least two people have told me they bought PS4s that shipped with firmware 5.07. One was in Japan (that person contacted me by email), and the other one in Spain. In both cases, these were PS4 Slims. It’s unclear at this point if 5.07 is fundamentally different from 5.05. There’s a possibility it is vulnerable to the exploit in firmware 5.05 but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Bottom line is, there is a real risk that if you buy a PS4 today from one of the major retailers, it could ship with a firmware that’s not vulnerable to the upcoming exploit.
The risk is real
The solution will therefore be, as we’ve shown before for firmware 4.55, to get a PS4 as part of a bundle that is pretty much guaranteed to ship with the right firmware, as long as you buy it new.