Since its launch 4 years ago, the PS4 has managed to stay impressively immune to piracy, or the illegal distribution of PS4 games and software for free. However, given the recent wave of hacks and exploits on the PS4 that allowed for homebrew to be run for the first time, and for backup loading of games and software to become possible on consoles running a specific firmware, we knew it was only a matter of time that it was used for ill-intended purposes. And today is the day that our suspicions have been confirmed.
A warez group, that are self-identified under the moniker of "Knights of The Fallen" (KOTF), have begun to release a series of pirated copies of some of the most popular PS4 titles such as GTA V, Far Cry 4, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for download via the standard set of warez channels.
The number of users who will be able to exploit this hack, however, is very small; it runs on the only version of PS4 firmware that is jailbroken – that being 1.76, which is a 3 year old firmware version. There seems no hope in sight as of yet for other PS4 firmware versions to be jailbroken as of yet, and as the majority of people update their devices in accordance with Sony's vigorous update schedule (they pushed out version 5.0 two days ago), we doubt many users will be able to exploit these pirated games at all. Nonetheless, it is terrifying to see the plague of piracy spread as far as to the latest generation of consoles, in spite of all the efforts that manufacturers put in to prevent this from happening.
What do you guys think? Are you frustrated to see that piracy has finally crept its way to the flagship 8th Generation consoles, or are you excited to see what the tools that enabled this exploit can be used for in the future, to help improve the enthusiast experience? Let us know how you feel about it in the comments, or post over in the forums to describe your thoughts.