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If you are considering installing unauthorized third-party software on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One console, then you should know that it is still considered illegal under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Yesterday, the US Library of Congress issued an online order with a series of exemptions to a controversial provision of the DMCA that prohibits bypassing copyright protections, even if the act of bypassing for those restrictions is not intended to steal proprietary information.



The exemptions include a good amount of consumer technology devices such as TVs, 3D printers, smartphones and Smart TVs. Unfortunately, video game consoles were rejected once again for reasons related to piracy.

In other words, if it will be considered LEGAL to jailbreak video game consoles, which is mostly used for gaming, it would be logic that the gamers will start using “cracked” games on them. We’re pretty sure that the game developers don’t want to hear about making jailbreak video consoles legal, as they will be the ones who will suffer, as most of the gamers will start downloading video games (cracked) from the internet instead of purchasing them (non-cracked) from the stores.

Even if, now, consoles allow you to surf the internet, install applications, view media content, we think that it will never allow jailbreaking to be something legal. And let’s face it, if jailbreaking a video game console will become legal, game developers will lose interest in developing a game for that specific console because they know that there will be a good amount of users who will prefer to install a cracked version of their game instead of paying a couple of  bucks for it.

However, let’s not forget that a good amount of games nowadays are “online-only”, which means that cracking a video game for a Xbox One or PS4 will become a bit harder than cracking a video game for Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

What are your thoughts about jailbreaking a video gaming console?

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