How to: Downgrade digital PS4 games to version 1.0 *updated*

If you’re not aware, when you purchase and download a game on PSN (or pretty much any system out there), the game you end up downloading is the pre-patched version so that you can jump right in with all the updates and bug-fixes present. However, this generation has seen a few games that have had post-launch patches to resolve performance issues which can technically now be ironed out with the advent of the new PlayStation 5 console. So, today I’ll be showing you how you can easily defy PSN and force your PS4 (and PS4 games on the PS5) to download version 1.0 of ANY digital PS4 game…

First things first – why would you want to do this? Well, aside from possibly making a game easier for obtaining trophies (No Mans Sky), or reverting to a pre-updated stage before a subsequent update broke obtaining certain trophies or erased your progress (Dirt 5), the main reason is to sacrifice bug fixes for an improved performance boost. For example, The Last Guardian v1.0 allows you to play the game at 1890p and 60fps, this was later patched to 30fps when they added HDR to make the experience more consistent as the framerate wasn’t the greatest. Similarly, Batman Return to Arkham (Arkham City) was 1080p and 60fps until it was patched to 30fps for the same reason, as was Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Until now, the only way you would be able to experience the boosted performance on the PS5 (all three of these examples will run at an almost locked 60fps on the PS5) would be to find and buy the disc version – I’m going to explain how to do this with a digital copy…

PSN 1.0 Download 1

Revert to a pre-capped state! (Digital Foundry)

For clarity, this guide is a replication of one that PSNProfile user, ‘Mako’, posted HERE.

I’m only going to talk through one method as it’s the easiest and worked perfectly for me – the link above has two methods though, just in case you run into any issues. This method also requires you to download a free program and have a Windows PC on the same network as your PS4.

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For this process you’ll need a program called PSX Helper, you can download it directly HERE (direct download) or via the GitHub page HERE. When you first load it up, the program is going to be in Chinese so you’ll want to press the big button which has a green circle on it, press ‘ok’ on the error message that pops up, click on the fifth tab, and then swap the language to ‘English’ within the only drop-down box on that page – once done, close and re-open the application.

Here are a few images from the guide which shows you the process…

PSN 1.0 Download 2

Click the big button with the Green circle on it.

PSN 1.0 Download 3

Click the fifth tab then the drop-down.

PS4 setup
Once you’ve opened up the ‘PSX Download Helper’ application, take note of the IP address and change the Port number from ‘8080’ to ‘8888’. The next thing you’ll want to do is customise your PS4 to allow the application to do its job. Go to Settings > Set up Internet > Custom (on your PS4) and just click next through your existing internet settings (Wired or Wi-Fi) until you get to the ‘Proxy’ Settings. In here you’ll want to enter the IP address which was in the application and also the port number (which should now be 8888).

Now, go back to the application and hit ‘Start’ followed by ‘ok’ to the error message that pops up – that’s it, you’re all done.

Go back to your PS4 and download any digital PSN game – it’ll download version 1.0 of the game and refuse to download any patches or updates. If you’ve already downloaded the game previously, you’ll have to delete the game and then re-download it. It’s strongly advised that you go to Settings > System > Automatic Downloads (on your PS4) and you disable them, but as long as you have the application running on your PC, the PS4 shouldn’t download any updates.

One thing to note, the application seems to stop working after a while, causing the PS4 to throw up an error on the download saying it can’t download anymore followed by an error code. If this happens, simply close the application on the PC and then re-open it and hit Start then Ok on the message. Then, go back to your PS4, press Options on the download and tell it to Resume – it’ll continue. 

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PSN 1.0 Download 4

PS5 vs PS4 Pro unlocked (NX Gamer)

I know this will only be applicable for a few games and it does mean you’ll have to sacrifice later updates and/or further enhancements such as HDR in The Last Guardian, but it allows you to use the next-gen console to fully boost the original code and unlock hidden 60fps modes on certain titles. I can only think of the three games I’ve mentioned above but if you know of any others, please put them in the comments below and I’ll test them out next week when my PS5 arrives.

On a similar note, there is a way you can force PSN to install certain patches, once you’ve locked the game onto version 1.0 digitally. I used this with Dirt 5 as 1.03 erased my progress so I had to manually downgrade the digital PSN version of the game to 1.02 so I could continue until the developers resolve the strange bug. Again, this would be great for obtaining trophies which certain patches may have broken. I’ll write that guide later this week as it may also be helpful. You can find my guide on how to do this, HERE

If you found this useful please share it around so people are aware that you can ‘technically’ play v1.0 of any PSN digital game, you don’t need the disc version as every single other website has stated over the last few days.

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Ps5 dude
Ps5 dude
9 months ago

Have you managed to get this to work with PS5?

londoss
londoss
8 months ago

Hi, will you write that guide for install certain patches? Thanks

Emanuel Lorenzo
Emanuel Lorenzo
8 months ago

Hola, tengo un problema con esta aplicación, hago todos los pasos pero cuando voy a descargar en mi PS4 no me deja descargar nada, como si no tuviera conexión de internet. Necesito ayuda por favor para descargar DEFUNCT en la version 1.0

Josiah
Josiah
6 months ago
Reply to  Rob Pitt

Hey I really want to install older version of a certain game on my ps4 because of the latest update that just got released baned certain things on the game, so do u know what store I could bring my ps4 up to and have them do that for me?

Felipe
Felipe
1 month ago

I follow every step, but the game always
download the most updated version. what could be happening?

trying to download death’s gambit version 1.0

Keegan
Keegan
22 days ago

After I downloaded Kena: Bridge of Spirits using this method, I tried running the game (with the proxy still up, having never disconnected from it) and I got a notification that the game couldn’t connect to the server and that network features were no longer available, then I got a blue screen with a CE 34878-0 error. This happens every time, anyone know how to fix this?

Keegan
Keegan
22 days ago
Reply to  Keegan

I of course used my own IP and had already purchased the game prior to deleting it and redownloading it this way, if that wasn’t clear.

Ddd
Ddd
15 days ago
Reply to  Keegan

I’m having the same issue. Trying to get the master trophy?
the game crashes. It would be nice if you could update to 1.04 or 1.05 everything above that is wrong.

Rob Pitt
Rob Pitt
15 days ago
Reply to  Ddd

Hi, sorry I didn’t see these messages until now!

I don’t own Kena, so I can’t try it myself, but you can technically choose to install a certain update – I did it with Dirt 5 when an update blocked access to my save file.

I keep meaning to write a guide on how to do it but I’ll see if I can find the source I used and post the link here shortly.

The way you do it is you install version 1.0 then, using another app, load the update URL into the proxy so the PS4 only sees that file and installs it, stopping it grabbing the latest file.

Ddd
Ddd
15 days ago
Reply to  Rob Pitt

Right. This would make sense yes thanks for your answer. But is this even possible? And how to search for such a link?
I know the PS3 worked like that from its ow it did go 1.01, 1.02, 1.03 etc.. with ps4 it wants to update constantly even when you turn that function off.

Ddd
Ddd
15 days ago

Allright, I tried this with Kena Bridge of Spirits. It downloaded version 1.00 indeed. But the game crashes on launch. Any solution to a crash>?

Fabio Diniz
Fabio Diniz
11 days ago
Reply to  Ddd

it didn’t work with kena, the game always downloads in the recent version, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong

Dalton
Dalton
6 days ago

I’m clicking on your link that takes me to the PSX Download Helper app on GitHub, and I simply cannot figure out how to download this application. I am using a Windows PC. I’ve tried downloading the zip file, opening it, and searching for the application, but I don’t see it. Just a bunch of related files. Did the developer pull the application from GitHub? Or am I just stupid and bad at computers?

Rob Pitt
Rob Pitt
6 days ago
Reply to  Dalton

Hi, I think they may have pulled it – or it’s hidden somewhere (I can’t get my head around that site atm!)

The other link above still works though (https://mega.nz/#!KxsDnQKT!OOg-x6fuOBc_5sfg-gCHoLuvx-FT3SGbSpljf-msiVM)

For some reason, it was detected as a dead link and crossed out – I’ll update it later as it’s live and downloads the program directly.

Dalton
Dalton
5 days ago
Reply to  Rob Pitt

Ok, so I managed to get the application downloaded and opened using the link you provided in this comment. I’ve been spending quite some time on it all. I’m using Winrar to open the application because otherwise my computer won’t open it at all. Once I change the language to English, close the app, and restart it, that setting doesn’t get saved and its like I’m re-opening the application for the first time. I am using a PS5 here, on the latest firmware. I go into the network settings, manually type in the IP and port numbers that are shown in the application, click start on the application, and then try to connect to the internet on my PS5, but it will not connect to the internet. I’ve tried several times now. Have you tried this process on a PS5 recently? I’d really love to figure this out but my PS5 will not connect to the internet after inputting these manual settings.

Dalton
Dalton
5 days ago
Reply to  Rob Pitt

I appreciate you looking into this. It seems like I came into this just a tad bit too late I suppose.