Despite Sony Computer Entertainment’s continuous efforts to protect its contents from piracy, some PlayStation 4 titles have been the latest victims of recent hacking. A group called KOTF (Knight of the Fallen) released Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 5, Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4, which is now up for download on some torrent sites.
Long gone are the days when Sony and other gaming console makers were attacked by hackers to port pirate copies of some official titles. Or so they thought as the illicit release of three games proves that hackers still have an open access to the original game and make them available for free to the playing public.
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KOTF dodged Sony’s security standards for the PlayStation 4 as the group was able to break into its system and steal three of their bestselling titles: GTA 5, Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4.
The games have been made available for download on a few torrent sites since 27 September. GTA 5 weighs 90 x 500 megabytes, Far Cry 4 weighs 54 x, while Assassin’s Creed 4 weighs 84 x 250 megabytes.
The titles’ file size could be a major setback for many. However, the real challenge for those who are interested to play the pirated copies is the number of hoops they have to go through first.
According to the information lists, one needs a PlayStation 4 console that runs the v1.76 firmware, which is very old as it was released in August 2014. It has to be noted that newer titles do not go right with the old firmware, which means the user might want to give up the latest games to play the pirate copies or vice versa. Also, Sony does not allow downgrading the firmware of a PlayStation 4 unit to v1.76.