Back in 2021, the most recent and greatest PS4 Jailbreak was the pOOBs4 Jailbreak release for firmware 9.00. Since then, many tools and homebrew games have been made available to Jailbroken PS4 9.00 users. Firmware 9.00 is new enough that getting an exploitable console at a reasonable price is still possible (see below)
TL,DR: There is no publicly known kernel exploit for firmwares 9.03 and higher, let alone talk of releasing one. If you want to Jailbreak your PS4, the best option right now is to buy a PS4 with firmware 9.00 or lower (eBay is your friend). It is rare enough to emphasise: this time around, you may have better luck buying a used PS4 9.00 than trying to get a new model, as those have been out of stock for quite some time.
For those of you who are stuck with a higher firmware and cannot afford a 9.00 PS4, there are two important rules to follow: 1) be patient, and 2) do not update your PlayStation 4.
PS4 9.03/9.04/9.50/9.51/9.60 Jailbreak? Patience
If you’re looking for a PS4 jailbreak, you’ll need to be patient. As I previously stated, the average time between two jailbreaks is approximately 9 months. However, it has ranged from 4 months to 2 years. Nobody can really predict how long it will take until the next exploit without any significant news. However, since the last Jailbreak was only a few months ago, people shouldn’t hold their breath.
To “Jailbreak” a PS4, we typically need two exploits:
First, a “usermode” exploit, which allows unsigned code to run through data that you have control over as a PS4 user. Second, a privilege escalation exploit, also known as a kernel exploit, gives you more control over the device, allowing you to run Homebrew ENablers or “in-RAM” Custom firmwares.
PS4 9.03/9.04 Jailbreak status
9.03/9.04 Usermode exploit – Green
The good news is that we appear to have two potential usermode exploits for 9.03/9.04 firmwares.
- The first one, and probably most well known at this point is the BD-JB exploit chain by TheFloW, which leverages vulnerabilities in the Blu-Ray driver of the PS4.
- The other usermode exploit is the same Webkit vulnerability that was used for the 9.00 Jailbreak, which is still apparently open as of firmware 9.04, according to scene veteran Zecoxao:
Firmware 9.50, on the other hand, allegedly patches the Webkit vulnerability, so those who choose to update to 9.50 may have a harder time exploiting their console in the future. Read also; Polium One is a Web3 games Console coming in 2024
9.03/9.04 Kernel exploit – Red
There is no ongoing discussion about a “new” kernel exploit for any firmware on the scene. None of the reputable hackers have shared a “hint” of anything that is currently under wraps. This is not to say that nothing is going on under the hood, but it does indicate that people should be patient.
PS4 9.50/9.51/9.60 Jailbreak status
9.50/9.51/9.60 Usermode exploit – Red
At the moment, there does not appear to be any working implementation of a usermode exploit for PS4 9.50 or higher:
We know that the POObs4 webkit usermode exploit has been patched.
In terms of BD-JB, it’s possible that some of the vulnerabilities are still present on firmwares 9.50 and higher, but TheFloW has stated unequivocally that 9.50 resolves his findings:
9.50/9.51/9.60 Kernel exploit – Red
In this regard, recent firmwares 9.5x and 9.60 are in the same boat as 9.03/9.04: there is currently no publicly known kernel exploit for any firmware above 9.00. Furthermore, there is no ongoing discussion about a “new” kernel exploit for any firmware on the scene. None of the reputable hackers have shared a “hint” of anything that is currently under wraps. This is not to say that nothing is going on under the hood, but it does indicate that people should be patient. Read more; 5 Best PS5 Paddle Controller For 2022
In general, the hackers try to “time” their releases so that they don’t feel wasteful. This frequently means that they will wait until a specific firmware patches the exploit before releasing it.
Waiting for a PS4 9.03/9.04/9.50/9.51/9.60 Jailbreak? Do not update
Unless a hardware vulnerability on the PS4 is discovered, the PS4 Jailbreak world will remain a cat-and-mouse game between Sony and hackers. Kernel exploits are patched as soon as they are released (and nowadays, even before they are released), which means that if you keep your PS4 up to date to the latest firmware, you’ll almost certainly never be able to Jailbreak your console.
If you want to Jailbreak your PS4, you should keep the firmware as low as possible. It has several disadvantages, including the inability to access any online services on the device, including online gaming. But it’s a choice.
Conclusion – PS4 9.60 Jailbreak ETA Wen?
Two usermode vulnerabilities continue to affect Firmwares 9.03 and 9.04. According to multiple reports, 9.50 patched those.
Having said that, I am not convinced that people on 9.03/9.04 will see a Jailbreak faster than people on 9.50 at this time. The rule of staying on the lowest firmware possible is always true, but I’m not sure we can say that 9.03/9.04 are in a better situation than other firmwares at the moment.
At the time of writing, no kernel exploit has been publicly discussed (let alone discussions of a release), so the likelihood of a PS4 9.03/9.04/9.50/9.51/9.60 Jailbreak “soon” is extremely low. People using these firmwares should expect to wait several months or buy a used 9.00 PS4.