When a console has been around long enough, someone will jailbreak it. And in October 2022, the moderator finally released the PlayStation 5 from “jail”.
Jailbreaking your PS5 means you can install “free” games and custom software using the console’s debugging settings. For example, a famous hacker named Lance McDonald was able to install PT (the beautiful Silent Hills teaser) on his console.
While it may seem pretty cool at first glance, there are a few reasons why you shouldn’t jailbreak your PS5.
1. You can no longer update your PS5 and games.
To successfully jailbreak a PlayStation 5, the system must be running on a specific firmware version or older. So, if you want to jailbreak your console, you should wait before updating your PlayStation 5. This means that you won’t get the benefits of future updates like performance improvements, bug fixes, and new features until the jailbreak process is complete. with you.
Additionally, your PS5 must have the latest firmware to connect to PlayStation Network. Because a jailbroken console is outdated, you cannot connect to PlayStation Network. You cannot purchase digital games or download games you already own.
Also, you cannot update games you already have installed. And in some cases, you won’t even be able to install the games on the discs if they require a higher firmware version than the one you’re using.
2. You cannot play online with your friends
Another disadvantage of jailbreaking your console is that online multiplayer is unavailable. Since some games are multiplayer but don’t have split screen, your only option is to play them online with friends. Jailbreaking the PS5 makes this impossible because it cannot connect to the PlayStation Network (PSN).
Along with your online multiplayer issues, you won’t be able to take advantage of the PS5’s social gaming features, including PS5 Share Play and PS5 Share Screen.
3. You can ban your PSN account or console.
The PlayStation 5 can still connect to the internet while jailbroken, but keeping it offline (or not jailbreaking the console at all) is a good idea. That’s because as long as your console is online, it keeps sending data to Sony’s servers, meaning there’s a chance the company can find out what you’re up to. The company will have the right to permanently block your PSN account because you have violated PlayStation’s Terms of Service.
If your account can’t access PSN, you’ll lose any digital games you’ve purchased, as well as services and subscriptions you’ve paid for. The worst part is that you won’t even be compensated for any of it. You need to create another PSN account and start all over again.
In other cases, Sony may ban your PlayStation 5 console instead. This means that even though your account is safe, you or anyone else cannot access PlayStation Network on this PS5.
4. PlayStation 5 can be fried
When jailbreaking your PS5, you need to know what you’re doing because any wrong move can brick it forever. After that, the console will be nothing more than a brick that you can use as a doorpost or paperweight. The only way to fix a permanently broken PS5 is to buy a new one.
5. You will void your warranty agreement
While jailbreaking your PS4 or PS5 is not illegal, it is a violation of the warranty agreement between you and Sony. Essentially, you’re tampering with the system and modifying it in a way that Sony doesn’t allow, as outlined in the PS5 warranty. So if you accidentally destroy your console, Sony won’t repair or replace it even if it’s still under warranty.
Jailbreak your PlayStation 5 at your own risk.
The concept of console jailbreaking is attractive, but comes with some risks. In particular, Sony may ban your PSN account or PS5, you may lock the console, and you may no longer benefit from the warranty.
You should also consider whether pirated games and additional system customization are worth giving up the PS5’s online capabilities. We think not.