A pirated version of Elden Ring compatible with Jailbroken PS4s (9.00, but also 5.05, 6.72, 7.02, and 7.55) has been released a couple days ago. Here’s why it’s a big deal.
Elden Ring PS4 Firmware Requirements
We don’t usually talk about Warez releases here on wololo.net, and for good reasons. But this one release stands out, because Elden ring requires PS4 Firmware 9.03, a Firmware that hasn’t been hacked yet, so in theory it isn’t doable to dump the files.
Typically, backports are done from a Jailbreakable firmware to another. For example, it’s “easy” to backport a game with a 9.00 requirement, to e.g. 5.05, because the game can be dumped from a Jailbroken 9.00, then adapted to lower firmwares.
Not so much with 9.03, a firmware that remains to be fully hacked.
PS4 Scene member CyB1K somehow managed to backport Elden Ring, and its 9.03 requirement, to 9.00 and other older firmwares, though. As to how he did it, he just said a “hacker friend” helped.
With a hacker friend
— Cyber1000 沙威刃 (@Cyberpt1000) June 25, 2022
Other PS4 games on the way for 9.00 backport?
Firmware requirements for new games on the PS4 are merely an anti-piracy measure at this point. It’s very unlikely a game requiring 9.03, 9.04, or 9.50 actually uses any “features” that would not be available on 9.00.
So the question a lot of people are asking right now is if other games, such as Horizon Forbidden West, could get the same treatment.
CyB1K has replied people should not get their hopes up. But without any additional details to go with, it’s hard to understand if the “hacker friend” used some specific issue with Elden Ring itself, or if some people have access to a more generic method of dumping PS4 games with a higher hardware requirement.
i told people to not get your hopes up lol
— Cyber1000 沙威刃 (@Cyberpt1000) June 26, 2022
Some people are speculating that the recent BD-JB might have something to do with it, others that a group of people are using an undisclosed kernel exploit. But CyB1K’s reply seems to hint at a specific flaw with Elden Ring itself.
Note: For obvious reasons, please do not share any links to the pirated game in the comments section, thanks. The best way to enjoy Elden Ring is to buy the game and run it on your up-to-date console.