PS5 has been jailbroken, leading to debug menu discoveries and more

Modder Lance McDonald is on the case

PS5 has been jailbroken, leading to debug menu discoveries and more

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The PS5 has been jailbroken by a modder, uncovering new back-end menus in the process.

Earlier today on October 3, modder Lance McDonald posted the tweet seen just below, revealing that the PS5 console has at last been properly jailbroken. From the wording of the tweet, and the watermark on the video, it certainly seems as though it’s McDonald himself who’s cracked the console open.

It’s… beautiful.The PlayStation 5 has been jailbroken. pic.twitter.com/54fvBGoQGwOctober 3, 2022

McDonald’s video shows him accessing back-end menus on the jailbroken PS5 console. Thanks to the hack, he’s able to open up a special ‘Debug Menu’ option in the console’s main menu systems, and thereby gain access to a bunch of added options that users wouldn’t ordinarily be able to see.

There’s plenty of options available to McDonald in the debug menu, including options to adjust games, controllers, users, the PlayStation Network, and more. McDonald’s video even ends with him downloading and installing the lost P.T. demo, the prelude to Hideo Kojima’s cancelled Silent Hills project, by way of the debug menu options.

It’s a fascinating discovery, but it’s clear this is still early days for the PS5’s modding community at large. McDonald’s various responses to replies underneath the original tweet show that there’s more work to be done yet to iron out kinks in the system, such as being able to import save data for games like P.T. The modding community might have a few years yet before the eventual PS5 Pro shows up on the scene. 

Check out our full upcoming PS5 games guide for a complete look over all the forthcoming games for Sony’s new-gen console. 

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.

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