PS4: Abkarino shares new technique for unlimited account sharing
PS4 Hardware Hacker Abkarino has shared a “new” technique to trick PlayStation’s account sharing mechanism, allowing theoretically for the games on a given account to be shared with an unlimited number of consoles.
PS4: Backup your Syscon for fun and profit
I’m saying “new” inside quotes because the techniques used to enable this kind of piracy on PS4 have been around for some time, and are all variations of the same technique (enabling game sharing via the primary console setting – an official PlayStation feature, but limited to one friend you can share games with – , then making Sony forget about the primary console while retaining the games).
This does require hardware manipulation of the syscon chip, so if you were expecting a 100% freeware solution, sorry. (Look, if you want things the easy way, just buy a 9.00 PS4 second hand and hack it, that’s the real takeaway from all PS4 hacking articles these days.)
#PSN activation manipulation” aka “Game sharing/account sharing/unlimited account activation method for my lovely scene followers:
- Add PSN accounts with games to your console and activate it as a primary console and download all games that you want from this accounts.
- Power off your console and dump your SPI flash and Syscon 2 or 3 times to be sure that you have a correct dumps.
- Remove the current HDD and install new one and reinstall the same firmware that you had again.
- Add same PSN accounts that you had added in first step and deactivate this console from all accounts now.
- Power off your console again and restore your SPI Flash and Syscon dumps that you had made in step 2.
- Replace the new HDD with your original one (very important).
- Power on console again and tadaaaaaa you have activated PSN games without counting your console to those PSN accounts used 😉
Besides what’s described above, Syscon manipulation enables a lot of cool tricks on the PS4, in particular the possibility to revert to a previously installed Firmware. This is similar to a downgrade except that you need to have done a backup beforehand. Modded Warfare did a very cool mod a while ago for that.
So, although I do not recommend playing with your PS4’s motherboard if you have no experience with a solder iron, if you know what you’re doing, setting up some “modchip-like” thing like MW did above can be pretty useful for your hacking sessions.