PS4 Hacked to run Linux and pokemon

Posted on January 4, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Hacking things in 2016 seems to be the theme of January, a group of hackers manage to bypass the PlayStation 4 security measures and install a custom Linux OS and start playing a modded version of Pokemon Emerald. Ill get right to it here is the video.

Sony has had its fare share of interesting console homebrew. I myself recall having a PSP 1000 with custom firmware, and years after the operational lifetime of the PS2 was over, folks kept theirs around in order to mod and use them. The FailOverflow group has written a custom version of Linux for the console and released the download for free on their website. In the demonstration video, the hacked PS4 can be seen running a game called Pokemon PlayStation Version, which Nintendo fans will likely recognize as a modded version of Pokemon Emerald.

This may not seem like much, but onece the software is broken in to its only a matter of time before pirated games work on teh console, and thats what Sony is worried about. FailOverflow isn’t new to the hacking scene and the group has already been credited with hacks to the Wii, Wii U, and PlayStation 3. It seems to have taken the group longer than usual to publish proof of a hacked PS4, but it’s not surprising that Sony has made things more difficult than ever with this generation.


What do you think about custom software on supposedly locked down consoles?

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