If the PS4 follows the path of the PS3 and the Vita, we shouldn’t be expecting a “true” hack for it anytime soon. Nevertheless, this doesn’t prevent hackers, tinkerers, and hobbyists from digging into the internals of the device. Two days ago, Italian developer -Criscros- announced he was able to dump the contents of some of the internal Flash memory chipsets on the PS4.
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Today, Sony announced an upcoming software update for the recently released Playstation 4. The second update since the launch about a month ago, this release doesn’t bring much in terms of new features.
Just in, Spanish developer JaiCrab has released a tool based on the Raspberry Pi to read and write from the PS4′s flash memory through the SPI protocol. I’m not sure if it’s a hoax but it seems quite legit as the news has spread to many other websites.
… this little devil of a Firmware patched again some (at least 2) usermode exploits. This time two games were patched, one that wasn’t used at all, it just functioned as a hello world, and one game, that might got leaked some weeks ago. But what about our kernel mode relase and TN-V4? Well …
TN-V4 is coming out soon and the forums are flooded with questions asking if one should update to 3.00 or if they should stay on X.XX firmware. Since this is somewhat repetitive (and truly, there isn’t anything big to lose) I will be outlining what the differences will be if you are on 1.80 etc vs if you’re on the latest firmware.
The following guide covers the very basics of how to install and run a proxy server on your local computer to use with your PS4. This allows you to study how the PS4 communicates with Sony’s servers, for various reasons. A proxy lets you block some of the traffic (which has been useful in the past to let users access Netflix on their PS3 even when they didn’t have PSN access), or replace some of the traffic with connections to your own server (useful for being able to connect to the PSN on a lower firmware), or simply because you’d like to know what type of information your console sends to Sony’s servers.
Our scam of the day is an interesting one, as it is the first fake PS4 hack claim since the console was out. Don’t worry, many more fake hacks will come along the way, trust me on that. But this one’s special, as it’s the first one. Earlier today, rumors started spreading about a potential PS4 Hack. The initial pastebin for the “exploit” from user Reckz0r claimed a PS4 running on the Day 1 update was able to install and run a “jailbreak” update program.
The pastebin pretends to provide download links to a “PS4 Devkit” (whatever that means) and a Jailbreak package. Of course, the files do not actually exist, and no mirror is to be found anywhere. Confirming the growing suspicions of fake at this point is the fact that no mirror of the files seem to be found anywhere, something that would be a first in the history of the internet for a release that big. Well, at least be glad it does not take you to a “survey”.
The name Dark_Alex should ring in your ears, when you hear it. He was THE man, that made a lot of PSP CFWs (1.50 POC, 2.71 SE, 3.xx OE, 3.xx/4.01/5.00 M33, etc.), helped with the Pandora battery service mode, and released a lot of software for said pandora method. Dark~AleX should be known by most informed PSP scene people, and the fact that he updates his website for the PS4, might be an indication that he could return.
Where the hell is TN-V4, and why hasn’t it been released yet? Well, if I got a dollar every time I got that question… you know the rest.
The truth is, TotalNoob has been extremely secretive about this project and his release plans, probably for good reasons. As a result though, for the moment I cannot give a precise date as to when he plans to release his upcoming Homebrew Enabler (his most precise answer so far has been “somewhere between November and January”).
As of late the PlayStation brand has had its, in my opinion, fair share of public support. If next –gen sales numbers are correct, gamers worldwide have (re-) embraced PlayStation and I hope this trend continues when in a few day time the PS4 officially lands in Europe.
A large aspect of the new found love gamers show for PlayStation stems from the gaming company’s ability to learn from past mistakes. Hmm, no, let me rephrase that; Sony has done an excellent job at communicating a message which resonated with gamers and arguably the gaming industry as a whole. Time will tell if they can truly deliver on their message. Read the rest of this entry »
It is no news that the first steps in hacking a device often include hardware reverse engineering. For those who don’t know Chipworks, it’s a company that specializes in reverse engineering semiconductors and electronic systems. Once in a while, mostly as a publicity stunt, they publish their work for popular electronics. Today, the PS4 gets the Chipworks treatment.
It seems that some of the European Playstation Network accounts have been re-set, so if you can’t log in, don’t worry!
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If you have read my Vita TV review (and if you haven’t, do it now!), you know I have been hugely disappointed by the device so far, mostly because of the poor level of its game compatibility and services offer.
Mathieulh, of ps3 and psp hacking fame (remember pandora batteries?), happens to both be a beta tester of TotalNoob’s upcoming TN-v4, and to own one of the Japan-only Vita TVs. He was successfully able to run TN-V on his vita TV, now making the device much more interesting to my eyes.
TN-V is a homebrew enabler running in the PSP emulator of the Vita (and now Vita TV). It lets users, among other things, run emulators for the major “old school” consoles, such as the GBA, SNES, Neogeo, megadrive, NES, Nintendo 64 etc…
SKFU’s Vita pr0xy is a generic pr0xy tool with enhancements to access the Sony services. Many people have been using it successfully as a replacement for Charles Proxy, for example to access the PSN on lower firmwares with their Vita.
SKFU’s Windows utility was featured as one of our most popular “homebrews” for the Vita this month, and this motivated SKFU to publish an update for it.