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To Run Linux & Pokémon, PlayStation 4 Got Hacked


It has not been a long time since Sony’s next generation console PlayStation 4 was hacked. The squad accountable for the act is said to be Fail0verflow, as they carried out the feat, by getting Gentoo Linux on the console as well.

They exhibited Linux on the PlayStation 4 at 32nd Chaos Communication Congress, on December 30th, 2015.

Presently, the matter at hand is that Fail0verflow were able to achieve the Feat. This hacking team was successful in discovering a loophole in the PlayStation 4 gaming console through the Settings options, as this is the home to Linux kernel-based operating system.

Later, Fail0verflow were able to direct to the User’s Guide section, where they managed to trace the weakness and effectively hacked the console. One more reason behind their success was a broken NOP command on the unified AMD Radeon GPU. NOP, or No Operation, is used for timing, and is there to avoid additional postponement when the time of launch came, thus, team were successful in pinpointing this, without going through any big troubles.

Here is the group running a modified Pokémon ROM dubbed ‘PlayStation version’ on the PS4 via Linux.


Afterwards, the resulting gears and instructions present on the motherboard continued to be purposeful:

  • Timers
  • IRQs (interrupt request)
  • PCI
  • Serial port
  • Frame buffer
  • Kernel mode setting
  • HDMI encoder
  • Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • S/PDIF audio


To that end, 3D hardware acceleration, USB ports, and the HDMI audio port were not responsive after completion of hacking process, but the group has specified that they have reckoned out a technique to make these three things work as well. On the other hand, Blu-Ray disk read, Fail0verflow are still busy trying to make it work.

Now the question is will PS4 get hacked to run pirated games and backups? This advancement has led to the belief and assumptions about a similar probability in the near future.

Technology Magazine Pakistan