Are you guaranteed to get a PS4 with firmware 5.05 or lower if you buy it now?
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.
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 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.
For the ones among you who want to splurge, I personally got a God of War Limited Edition PS4 pro, and it shipped with firmware 4.73. The Destiny 2 pro bundle is reported to ship with 4.70. Your mileage might vary, but Amazon have a great return policy.
Have you recently bought a PS4 bundle? What firmware did it ship with?