Cracks in their computer walls will sooner or later be discovered in portable or home consoles. As inviolable as they are. It looks like the PS5’s turn to drop has come a few days before the console’s first anniversary. But the pirates do not rejoice too quickly, there is currently no question of running illegal copies of games on the Sony console.
New elements lead to believe that the PS5 has already been cracked. Andy Nguyen, security engineer at Google, affirms to have succeeded in exceeding the protections put in place by Sony on PS5. As proof, the one who is also a famous hacker, posted a screenshot of the interface of the PS5.
On the latter, it is possible to see the sub-menu “Debug Settings“in the settings menu of a commercial PS5. On paper, this feat opens up various possibilities such as running homebrew games on the console. Eventually, discoveries of this type may lead to the use of pirated games on PS5. Andy Nguyen however seems to indicate that this is not the goal of his approach.
The PS5 cracked by a white-collar pirate
In a second tweet, the engineer made it clear that he had no intention of revealing his way of proceeding. He also does not give a date when his exploit was uploaded. Andy Nguyen’s intentions are unclear at this time. The computer scientist could for example present his find to Sony to receive a reward.
In hacker circles, Andy Nguyen is also known as “The Flow0. “And he has distinguished himself many times in the past. He has also already been paid $ 20,000 by Sony as part of the paid security breach hunt.
Andy Nguyen had indeed discovered two flaws in the Japanese manufacturer that could have led to the use of pirated games on PS4. These flaws have since been corrected by Sony through updates.
Other hackers also on the bridge
That being said, it appears Andy Nguyen isn’t the only one looking into the PS5 case. The hacker group “fail0verflow“is also interested in the next generation console from Sony. And he also claims to have made discoveries about it. Discoveries that could lead to a cracked PS5 in the relatively near future.
In a tweet “fail0verflow“reveals to have found all”root keys“from the PS5. A priori, this find does not seem as critical as that of Andy Nguyen. It is not enough to launch homebrew or pirated games for the moment but sheds light on the functioning of the PS5. However, it is clear that the defenses of the PS5 are falling. And Sony will have to work twice as hard to further secure its machine.
What do you think of this situation? Are you surprised that flaws of this magnitude have already been found on PS5? Does the fact that a console is cracked influence your purchase intentions? Give us your opinion in the comments below.