Hackers Assist Sony in Patching Exploit that Allowed PSP Games to Run on PS Portal Offline
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Hackers Assist Sony in Patching Exploit that Allowed PSP Games to Run on PS Portal Offline

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

A Google engineer recently made headlines after figuring out how to hack the PlayStation Portal to run PSP games offline. This engineer, Andy Nguyen, and his team have now assisted Sony in resolving the exploit.

The PlayStation Portal is primarily a streaming-only device intended for remote play of PS5 games on a handheld device. It lacked the feature to save physical games, focusing solely on streaming capabilities.

However, Nguyen and his team successfully hacked the Portal in February, allowing it to run PSP games offline through a native emulator. This led to the discovery of a vulnerability in the device.


Recently, the PlayStation Portal received a firmware update to version 2.06, which included a fix for the hack. Nguyen confirmed their contribution to identifying and resolving the exploit in collaboration with Sony.

In response to concerns about not publicly sharing the hack, Nguyen clarified that reporting the issue to Sony was the responsible choice. He highlighted that public disclosure would have prompted Sony to patch the exploit anyway.

Nguyen defended his decision, stating, "No idea why you folks cry about the disclosure. If we just released to the public, do you think Sony would just leave it unpatched? Reporting vs not reporting is only a few weeks of difference."


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