You may have missed this story as it seems to have been given low priority on the tech news sites. It is also possible that the news is being suppressed in some way but that could just be the conspiracy theorist in me.
So Christmas 2015, Sony’s PS4 console is selling well despite an underwhelming launch. November had seen the companies best sales so far with over 30 million unites shifted. With early December totals this looks to have been exceeded again making the PS4 the fastest selling home console ever. In fact not since the PS2 have Sony enjoyed such sales figures.
The year has seen Sony going from strength to strength since the lifting of the 14 year ban on Middle Eastern and China sales. This has opened up a whole new (and frankly massive) market.
2016 will be the PS4’s third year of sale. We have already seen a few price drops but expect another one early on to boost first quarter sales.
With that in mind you can almost hear the cries of despair from the boardrooms and news now leaks out that a PS4 Jailbreak is now a distinct possibility! It all seems to stem from one hacker who has now allegedly left the scene but not before publishing the details of all his work and thus putting all the information out there in the public domain. The fact that it was done so near to Christmas only adds more difficulty for a company to respond. No-one wants to be rushing out updates to their consoles over Christmas – Just look at what happened to Steam on Christmas Day.
If this all seems a bit familiar then cast your mind back to Christmas of 2010. Yes by then there had already been PS3 jailbreak using a Chinese USB dongle but Sony had patched it and were confident once more. Then, a few days after Christmas the security keys were leaked online. Sony went after the hacker known as Geohot who then left the scene (apparently to go work at Facebook).
Now almost five years down the road there are a whole slew of websites dedicated to running custom firmware and running “homebrew” (for most – read that as enabling game backups) such as the PS3CFW site and PS3Hax all with active communities and forums.
Im sure that Sony will have learned their lesson from last time when they took what seemed forever to patch the hole the hackers created in their console. This time expect an update to come for the PS4 within days. This seems the safest option. Even if pushing an update to the PS4 over the holidays does inconvenience a lot of new users the long term damage to future sales of games.
But as with all large companies the gears can take some time to shift so for now we wait to see what Sony’s reaction to this will be.
For me personally I wont be trying this out as it 100% invalidates your guarantee and is also against their terms and conditions of use (of the console and network!) that we all so hurriedly click accept on. Also lets face it even now there just are not enough top tier games out there – never mind PS4 exclusives – to make the promise of free ones seem worth this risk of breaking the console!