Will PT be the downfall of PlayStation consoles, the only software you want to run anywhere just because you can? Probably not, but somehow people have been dying to try and get it working on the PS5 ever since the console was hacked (and proves me wrong in process).
Running PT on a hacked PS5 – under the hood
PT has become an iconic piece of software on the PS4 (and now PS5), partly because it was removed from the PlayStation Store. Since then, it has become something of a challenge for many hobbyists to download and make it work again or create remakes.
Running PT on a hacked PS5 is possible, as recently demonstrated by Twitter user @supertoilet12, and as many people previously correctly guessed.
Before we move on how to achieve this, we need to talk about the limitations that come with running this game.
PT is a demo, meaning it was technically free at the time of its release, but it was removed from the PlayStation Store years ago when the full game was discontinued. To the best of our knowledge, to run it on a PS5 you not only need to have the PT files available (they can be found on the internet and we had a technique that took advantage of random hosts to reinstall the game on PS4), but You must also have a valid license for the game linked to your PSN account, ie you must have purchased the game from PlayStation Store at the time of its availability in 2014.
For the handful of people still reading, it doesn’t stop there:
Your PS5 must be linked to the same account that you received PT on PS4, otherwise the license will not work. This means that at some point you activated your PS5 and signed in with your PSN account.
In summary: you must be one of the people who have a valid license for PT AND your PS5 must have and run the same PSN account AND your PS5 must have one of the hackable firmwares.
If you’re one of the two people in the world with this kind of configuration, congratulations, you can run PT on your PS5.
Do not get me wrong. It’s fun and I’m always a proponent of “if we can, why not” when it comes to tinkering with our gaming consoles. I just want to set expectations right as to what that really means.
The PS4 compatibility list on PS5
In addition to all of the above, and perhaps the most interesting discovery of all, is that the PS5 has a whitelist of what PS4 games can run on it. I’m sure Sony set this up for various good reasons, but the good news for us is that since it’s a simple text file, it’s easy to update.
Aside from the fact that PS4 games require a proper license to run, and that license is tied to your PSN account as discussed above, making them “compatible” with PS5 is as easy as editing (if they aren’t already marked as such). this text file as needed. Of course, Sony might have had good reasons not to include some specific games there.
Running PT on your PS5 – How to
If you have the files for PT and your account has the rights to run it (basically the same account that activated the game on PS4 should be your account on PS5) you should be able to install PT and to execute
- Run the kernel exploit on your PS5
- Using the PS5 package installer, install the PT retail package file (how and where to obtain this file is up to you).
- At this point you should have PT installed but it will be marked as not PS5 compatible. You need to edit the PS4 compatibility file on the PS4
- If everything went smoothly, PT should be running on your PS5 from there
It works🎉👑 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/zpUJR9iC2W
— Chazz Archibald (@supertoilet12) October 15, 2022
Wait, does that mean piracy is a thing on PS5?
It’s quite fun and impressive to see what people are doing with a hacked PS5, don’t get me wrong. However, people are a little hasty in saying that this means PS5 piracy is just a few steps away.
This has nothing to do with piracy. These are people running a PS4 game that they have a valid license, on a PS5. Granted, the PS5 wasn’t supposed to let you install or run the game at all, but the locks on that part were “easy” to remove once the exploit ran (namely, the ability to install the package is a debug feature of the console , and the way to run it is a simple entry in a text file)