PlayStation Portal Jailbreak Unlocks Hidden Potential

The Sony PlayStation Portal, a streaming handheld console, falls short of gamers’ expectations by not running games independently. However, according to Liliputing, some hackers have announced their success in jailbreaking the PlayStation and locally running the PSP emulator: PPSSPP.

Andy Nguyen stated on the X platform, “After more than a month of hard work, PPSSPP is running natively on PlayStation Portal. Yes, we hacked it. With help from xyz and  @ZetaTwo.


It’s worth noting that Andy Nguyen is known online as @theflow0. Those familiar with the PS Vita’s jailbreaking scene might recognize him as the mastermind behind essential homebrew applications and plugins like h-encore-2, VitaShell, and NoNpDrm. He also developed Adrenaline, a PSP emulator for the PS Vita (essentially an enhancement of the Vita’s built-in PSP emulator for greater freedom). Moreover, he has discovered vulnerabilities in the PS4 and PS5 systems.

Does this mean that interested gamers will soon be able to jailbreak their own PlayStation Portal? However, Andy Nguyen has stated that he has no plans to release the jailbreaking method anytime soon and that there is still much work to be done.

Returning to the console itself, earlier teardowns revealed that the PlayStation Portal’s SoC is the Qualcomm SG4150P, a modified version of the Snapdragon 662, with memory provided by Samsung’s LPDDR4X. Additionally, Nguyen mentioned that the device has only about 6GB of internal storage. Consequently, if the PlayStation Portal were to run a more open version of Android, it would likely be limited to retro gaming. As for playing titles like “Genshin Impact,” it seems streaming from a PS5 would be the preferable option.