Hack Your PS4 to Run Steam Games via Arch Linux
Back in its early days, the PlayStation 3 used to officially support the installation of Linux. But the functionality was later removed from the PS3 altogether after hackers found ways to use the open-source OS in ways Sony didn’t anticipate.
With the launch of the PS4 however, the firm switched to an x86 processor, which is also standard in most desktop PCs. Since then, gamers have been longing for the chance to play PC games on their console. Seems like it’s no longer just a dream.
A YouTube video has just been released showing modder OsirisX running Steam on a PS4 thanks to a combination of a jailbreak, Arch Linux and some software libraries from fail0verflow.
The demo shows the entire boot up process, and ends with a gameplay segment from the action-RPG Bastion running at a decent pace. OsirisX notes that most other titles “have stable FPS when running low to mid graphics setting.”
There is a catch though. The process requires a PS4 that is already jailbroken and running a relatively ancient version of Sony’s OS, firmware 1.76 or below, along with some specific patches. Even so, we are not sure about current compatibility, as well as the overall performance level.
Nevertheless it’s always cool to see these kinds of hacks, and now, we’re looking forward to a possible jailbreak for much newer software (3.50).
Gohar is the lead editor at TechFrag. He has a wide range of interests when it comes to tech but he's currently spending a big chunk of his time writing about privacy, cyber security, and anything policy related.