A PS4 jailbreak?

ps4jailbreakIt might not be everyones idea of fun but for a large number of console owners their interest in a working jailbreak or hack of the latest system is a big part in which one to go with.    It took a while with the Playstation 3 but it was Sony’s own doing that probably brought so much attention to hacking their console.  Removal of OtherOS being the swing point that eventually brought such an easy hack method.    So easy in fact that many gamers who had never walked this gray area of video games before found themselves getting involved.

Now we have had the PS4 for a few months one thing that seems to pop up on almost a daily basis is if anyone has so far managed to jailbreak the Playstation 4? Now some people have said that it is flat out impossible to jailbreak the Playstation 4 as there is simply no way for a person to do this.   Whether true or not there are already some talk of a working jailbreak for the PS4.  In most cases these turn out to be nothing but elaborate hoaxes.    Now let’s say that not all people who want to jailbreak a console do so with the intent to run pirated software.   Whatever your stance on this you cant deny that most people are indeed looking for a way of running backups and nothing more.

While it is most likely not going to be as easy for a regular Joe with no tech skills to hack their PS4 like they could there PS3.   There are already many forums where would be PS4 hackers are gathering and pooling knowledge.  It is no doubt just a matter of time before some hacker accomplishes this.  The big sticking point then is will it be a paid or free method.    The future of the PS4 looks to be another interesting chapter in the console hacking story.  What will be Sony response this time and what measures do they already have in place to combat this.

The race is on, lets hope an early jailbreak will not damage the consoles success too much.


News roundup January 2014 PS3 Jailbreak scene

As we are well into 2014 now it might be time to do a ‘spring clean’ on your jailbroken PS3.  Many homebrew apps have been updated recently to give you a lot of new features and more stability.  With so many different backup managers now available is 2014 finally the year that sees Multiman loose its crown as the most installed homebrew application.  One definite contender for the title is the Gamesonic Manager this is a relative newcomer but already has all the features you would expect of a backup manager.  Ie backing-up and playing backed up PS3 games.  On top of this there is full built in emulator functions that use the RetroArch framework.  One big advantage to the Gamesonic Manager is its speed.  In most tests this manager is upto twice as fast as the standard Multiman with no where near as many of the crashes.

Of course to be able to install this application you will need the latest ps3 cfw or you will need to purchase one of the ODE devices but for many that is still too expensive of an option.  Without either way of installing PKG files you will not be able to install Gamesonic manager.

Remember update 3.21?  It caused so much anger when it was released fittingly enough on April fools day – the dreaded update that removed the OtherOS feature from the PS3.  Something many claimed was the main reason they purchased their PS3’s which in turn resulted in a class action law suit being filed against Sony.  It was surely no surprise when eventually this was quashed by the American ‘legal system’.  Well news coming in the last few days reveals that an appeals panel has partially reversed the decision.

In PS4 news there seems little talk of an upcoming PS4 Jailbreak but here has been a scramble of companies competing for your hard earned dollars by putting out hardware modifications.  The one that will be of interest to probably all PS4 users due to is poor storage is the HDD/SDD hybrid upgrade kits.  A 1TB HDD/SSD hybrid drive will currently set you back $99 which is not bad when compared to a standard PC drive’s price.  For those with deeper pockets and a need for even more speed then there is always the option to go the whole hog and have a full SSD instead.  This will set you back $219 for a 240GB but you could always go for the 460GB version at $399!  More details here

Sony OFW 4.50 released – PS3 Jailbreak for 4.50 follows.

Sony released what seems at first to be another pointless update.  This takes the latest firmware up to 4.50.  There are a few minor improvements like the WIFI transfer improvements but very little is there from the recent rumors going around.  Interestingly this update opens up automatic downloads to all users not just their Plus! subscribers.  You can also change the visibility of your trophies making only some of them private.  I guess this is important if you don’t want your friends to all know how much you’ve been playing Naughty Bear!  Probably not that big of a deal to most users then.  The WIFI transfer capabilities sound more interesting but true to form just after the new firmware launched Sony announced that the feature was not yet working as it will require an upcoming update for the Vita.

One PS3 news site reported this update giving issues to people using ODE devices but this is so far unconfirmed and the thread has been removed for now.  However this update must be cause for anyone who have bought an ODE recently to worry.  As more time passes these reports will either be confirmed or denied.  Of course the PS3 CFW site is releasing their 4.50 jailbreak as usual.

So for now its business as usual which is great news as theres some brilliant games coming out now as we head towards winter.



4.46 Jailbreak comes after Sony Update Fail

If the recent bad publicity and claims of thousands of bricked PS3’s were not bad enough for Sony then the news that one site has already released a PS3 4.46 Jailbreak firmware will come as another thorn in their side.  It would appear that the botched 4.45 update that caused so many problems for users created a new security hole that can be exploited.  Now bringing the base CFW level available up to 4.46 and returning PSN access once more.

For those out there still with bricked consoled due to the update it looks like your only option is to get yourself an E3 flasher

and attempt to reflash firmware yourself.  This can be a daunting prospect for the average user but there is usually little or no soldering required and many guides online how to do it safely.


How to Jailbreak a PS3 | Latest PS3 Jailbreak tutorial.

Learning how to Jailbreak PS3 4.41 firmware is not as difficult as you might think.  Yes there is a mass of information out there on the internet and not all of it is 100% accurate.  Some site will try to tell you that a PS3 Jailbreak 4.41 is not even possible.  This of course as anyone who has experienced online cheaters on PSN will already know is not totally accurate.  Some version of the OFW for the PS3 are indeed open to being hacked in a similar way to the original jailbreak for the PS3 that came out a few years ago.

The reason for the secrecy is due to how easy these methods are patched by Sony once they become public.  For that reason many of the ‘top’ PS3 sites and forums will delete links to the PUP downloads almost immediately.  With the launch of the PS4 just around the corner the risk of the methods being patched is much smaller.  Just look at the Wii sofmod scene.  That is thriving now long after the consoles original launch with a much more free access to the files and knowledge available.  This openness gives the scene more energy and it continues to grow which leads to some really exciting homebrew releases.  Hopefully the PS3 scene will now enjoy a similar lift.

Ok, so you want to Jailbreak your PS3 then?

First be aware of the risks involved.  Messing up the process can leave you PS3 in a ‘bricked’ state if done wrong.  But quite frankly this is so similar to the official update process that you should have no problems with it by now.

The second risk is more serious.  With the later firmwares for the PS3 released Sony implemented a form of spyware that can scan the PS3’s hard disk for ‘unauthorized applications’ as they call them.  What this means is they are actively scanning PS3’s for programs like Multiman backup manager or ShowTime media player.  If any of these applications are found you can expect a ban to be heading your way very soon.  The most minor form of banning is a PSN Network ID ban.  What this means is a banning of your login details for the PSN network.  While this may not sound too bad at first – just make a new online ID and start again – do bear in mind that this means you will loose all your trophies and anything else attached to the account.  This means any items purchased from the store will also stop working.

So the first lesson is make a new PSN account on your PS3 before you jailbreak it.  Note down your original login details somewhere safe and for extra security delete the account from the console.  With that done you’re only worry is the more severe ConsoleID ban.  This is a ban of the actual ID (serial number if you prefer) of the console.  With this blacklisted it will not connect to PSN regardless of how many new accounts you make.

ConsoleID ban’s can be circumvented by replacing the code stored in the PS3’s flash memory with another valid ID.  So it must be a real ID from another PS3 not a faked one as until someone reverses the ID algorithm a valid fake ID can not be made.  It is however a simple process to extract the ID from another console so if you are creative you can soon acquire a new one.  From time to time a PKG will appear on the scene that unban’s you console.  The problem with this is everyone else is using the same ID which means it quickly gets blacklisted by Sony.  For the longer term it is much better to use your own ID you have acquired.  ConsoleID bans are thankfully quite rare though.  It seems these dubious honor is usually reserved for people who think its a good idea to go cheating in online gaming environments.  Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3 are good examples where the network checks for users running Custom Firmware and cheating.

So lesson 2 is simple enough… NO CHEATING!

And that’s all the downsides really.  the benefits are of course obvious and dont need going over in detail again.  Backup Managers…backup game disks to a usb hard disk and launch from there.  Modify said backups on USB in anyway you wish, much like a PC game…  Emulators are covered with all the classics working.   RetroArch is a good all in one emulator that will play 1000’s of classic ROM’s.  Homebrew games are starting to appear but its early days there, Show Time media player finally bringing PS3 MKV support and much more.

First download the PS3 4.41 CFW from the link and install it in the same way you would a normal USB update.  If you dont know how to do this then google it there are many pages covering it already.  You just need the PUP file from the update folder at this time.  The rest of the tools included are mostly to do with grabbing ConsoleID’s or spoofing/sniffing tools.  Hopefully you wont need these for some time.

Download PS3 CFW AIO here

Next download and install multiman backup manager from here which will also install the RetroArch emulator so your ROM’s can be launched from inside multiman.  If you are serious about playing MKV files on your PS3 then you need to have installed the latest version of Show Time from here

New firmware 4.41 and the PS3 Jailbreak CFW

If you are on the latest PS3 firmware then you will be interested to learn that due to this being such a minor update a few of the same flaws have been carried over.  What that means for anyone one OFW 4.41 is that they can currently install CFW from the recovery menu with no problems at all.  This will no doubt be fixed with another update soon so if you are thinking of jailbreaking your PS3 then now is your perfect opportunity.  Grab the latest CFW from here and install it through the recovery menu.  You are then free to enjoy backups of the games you own played straight from the hard disk.