A limited but functional jailbreak for PlayStation 5 hardware has reportedly been released, potentially allowing players to install unsigned or unofficial software.
The news was reported on Twitter by modder Lance McDonald, who has made a name for himself by releasing an unofficial patch that made Bloodborne run at 60 frames per second on PS4.
Although McDonald doesn't appear to have discovered the PS5 jailbreak himself, his video shows footage of it in action.
It's…beautiful.- Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) October 3, 2022
The PlayStation 5 has been jailbroken. pic.twitter.com/54fvBGoQGw
In addition to showing that the jailbreak gives him access to a debug menu, it also shows that it gives him the ability to install a PS4 PKG file (ie a backup of a game).
At this stage, the jailbreak is reportedly extremely limited – it is said to only work on PS5 consoles with firmware version 4.03, which was released in October 2021 and was replaced by version 4.50 in December 2021.
According to the creator of the exploit, it may be possible to jailbreak PS5 consoles with firmware versions older than 4.03. For newer firmware versions it will not work at this time.