5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Jailbreak Your PS5

Once the console has been around for a while, someone is sure to jailbreak it. And in October 2022, a modder freed the PlayStation 5 from its “prison”.

Jailbreaking the PS5 means you can install “free” games and custom software using the console’s debugging settings. For example, a famous hacker named Lance McDonald managed to install PT (the amazing Silent Hills teaser) on his console.

While it looks 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 your PlayStation 5, the system must be running a specific firmware version or older. So, if you want to jailbreak your console, you have to wait before updating your PlayStation 5. This means you won’t get the benefits of future updates, such as performance improvements, fixes bugs and new features, until the jailbreak process catches up. including you.

In addition, to connect to the PlayStation Network, your PS5 must have the latest firmware. Since a jailbroken console is no longer in use, you will not be able to connect to the PlayStation Network. And you can’t buy digital games or download ones you already own.

Also, you cannot update games that you have already installed. And, in some cases, you won’t be able to install games that are on discs if they require a higher firmware version than the one you’re using.

2. You can’t play online with your friends

Two friends are sitting on the sofa and playing.

Another drawback of jailbreaking your console is that online multiplayer will be inaccessible. Since some games are multiplayer but not split-screen, your only option is to play them with friends online. Jailbreaking your PS5 makes it impossible because it cannot connect to the PlayStation Network (PSN).

In addition to 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 get your PSN account or console banned.

Your PlayStation 5 can still connect to the internet in its jailbroken state, but it’s a good idea to keep it offline (or not jailbreak the console). This is because as long as your console is online, it’s constantly sending data to Sony’s servers, meaning there’s a chance the company knows what you’ve been up to. And since you are violating the PlayStation Terms of Service, the company has the right to permanently block your PSN account.

If your account can’t access PSN, you’ll lose any digital games you’ve purchased, as well as any services and subscriptions you’ve paid for. The worst part is that you don’t get paid in any of them. You’ll need to create another PSN account and start over.

In other cases, Sony may simply ban your PlayStation 5 console. This means that although your account is secure, you won’t be able to sign in to PlayStation Network on this PS5.

4. You can fry your PlayStation 5

When you jailbreak your PS5, you need to know what you’re doing because any wrong move can break it permanently. The console will be a brick that you can use as a doorstop or paperweight. The only way to fix a permanently broken PS5 is to buy a new one.

5. You void your warranty contract

Virtual handshake and agreement

While jailbreaking your PS4 or PS5 is not illegal, it is a violation of the warranty agreement between you and Sony. In effect, you are tampering with the system and modifying it in a way that Sony does not allow, as stated in the PS5 warranty. So if you accidentally break 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 appealing, but it comes with some risks. In particular, Sony can ban your PSN account or your PS5, you can block the console and you will no longer benefit from the guarantee.

You also have to wonder if pirated games and extra system customization are worth forgoing the PS5’s online capabilities. We think not.

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