With the move of modern consoles like the Playstation 4 and Xbox One to the x86 architecture (used with PC’s), we have seen very little movement in the way of mods. That is until now.

It seems that if you have a PS4 that is still running the 4.05 firmware, then you’ll be able to bypass Sony’s security, enabling homebrew, PS2 backwards compatibility, and Linux installations.

As Eurogamer explains the developers behind the console hack managed to reverse-engineer Sony’s existing PS2 re-releases for the PS4, resulting in an installable wrapper that can allow users to play almost any PS2 game.

Since the exploit was released, there’s been a lot of activity and support from hackers, including the arrival of Linux support, full root access to the system via FTP and the arrival last week of PS4HEN – a homebrew enabler. We’ve now reached the point where package files can be installed on the PS4, and tools are available to decrypt games, which can then be re-packaged and installed on compromised consoles.

Work has also been carried out to reverse engineer PS2 Classics for PS4, and tools are now available for users to inject their own ISO files into a specially prepared package that installs and runs on hacked machines. PlayStation 2 emulation is a system-level feature that PS2 Classics downloads tap into, and features a number of interesting features – including a 4x resolution boost and improved performance compared to the same code running on original hardware.

The number of consoles on the open market that can run the exploit, and the vulnerability in the console was patched with firmware 4.06, which arrived way back in November 2016.

Warning: Beware of any sites that claim to be able to downgrade your firmware. There are currently no known ways to do this, and websites claiming to do so may be trying to trick you to download trojan or virus software.

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