A while ago I posted an article which explained how you can force the PS4 to download version 1.0 of ANY digital PS4 game. This process could be used to revert games back to their original state (the version you get on physical discs) which often makes obtaining certain trophies easier or sometimes enabling higher framerates and visuals before subsequent updates made adjustments.
This article will guide you though how to go one step further and install certain patches once you have the 1.0 copy of the game installed. Why? As mentioned above, although developers push out patches to fix issues and make adjustments, sometimes they accidentally break trophies after fixing them or they alter the criteria for unlocking them for no reason other than making the game longer to platinum.
For the below process to work, you need to have the 1.0 version of your game installed on the PS4 or PS5 (it works with PS4 games on the PS5 but not PS5 games). If you have a disc, this means just popping it in and cancelling the update, if you have a digital copy then you need to follow the instructions I wrote HERE.
It requires V1.0 because you can’t downgrade to a lower version, only upgrade to a later one! Also, saves may not be compatible if you’ve played the game on a higher version (so back them up to avoid possible corruption).
The first thing you need to do is download a piece of software called Charles Proxy – which you can grab HERE. This is only a 30 day trial, after that it’s $50 a year. You may be able to find an alternative free application that does the same thing, but this was the software recommended in the info I read.
Once installed, open up “Charles” and click on ‘Help > Local IP Address’ – take note of your IP (It should be something like 192.168.x.x – mine is 192.168.0.26).
Close that and click on ‘Proxy > Proxy Settings’ (or the cog then Proxy Settings). In here, tick the box to ‘Enable Transparent HTTP proxying’ and press ‘OK’.
On your PS4 or PS5, go into the Network settings and choose to setup the network (either wired or Wi-Fi, depending on your setup). Choose ‘Custom’ but pick “Do not specify” or “Do not use” for everything until you get to the Proxy Settings.
Choose “use” for the Proxy and put in the IP address we obtained above and the port number “8888”. Choose to “test the connection” on the PS console and you’ll get a pop-up message in Charles saying you have a new connection from you console’s IP address.
Allow the warning that pops up and if your console says it couldn’t connect to the internet, simply press Circle then test the connection again – it should now connect just fine.
Now the fun begins – you need to either insert you disc (for the game you wish to update) or manually check for an update for your digital 1.0 game by pressing Options on it then Check for update. Once the update starts, pause it on the PS console – as we don’t want it to fully download.
If you look at Charles, you’ll see a bunch of new links under ‘Structure’ on the left. The one you’re looking for is “http://gs2.ww.prod.dl.playstation.net” – click on the small + next to this, then on the one next to “gs2“, and then next to “ppkgo” and “prod“.
You should only see one PS CUSA code in here, but you may see a few if more than one game started downloading. If you’re doing this to a physical game, the ID code is on the spine of the case, if doing it digitally then you can find the code for your region by searching on https://orbispatches.com/
Once you’ve expanded the correct game ID, you’re looking for the the “.json” file. In the image above, I’m doing this to SIMULACRA, so it’s the “EP4459-CUSA16903_00-SIMULACRAGAMEPS4-A0105-V0100.json” file. Right click on this and pick “map remote”.
Now, if you’ve not already, go back to https://orbispatches.com/ and search for the game. Make sure you pick the correct region which should match up with the same CUSA code as we see in Charles. Click on ‘Details’ under the patch you wish to download and then right-click on the Raw URL and Copy the link address.
Make sure you do this and don’t just copy the text, you need the full URL!
Go back to the “map remote” settings and paste the link you copied into the “map to” Path. Copy and paste the same Host, Port and Protocol from the “Map From” settings and then press Ok.
Now, go back to your PS console and delete the update from your download queue and initiate the download again – by pressing Options and Check for update on the tile. The game will start downloading the update, it will say it’s downloading the latest one and not the one you chose but don’t panic.
Once it’s finished installing, you’ll find that the game has installed the patch you chose and NOT the latest one – as long as you followed the steps correctly. However, this does mean the game will try and download the real update once you change your network settings back to normal – so make sure you either stay offline or pause/cancel the update if you see it starting to download.
Due to Charles being a trial version, it only remains open for 30 minutes at a time. If you get an error and it closes on you, don’t worry. If you’ve not started downloading the update using the URL from Orbis Patches yet, simply delete the update from your download queue and start it again – pausing it once the .json file appears so you can remap it.
However, if you’ve already started downloading the new patch but the software times out – the update will pause on your console. Simply re-open Charles and tell your PS to resume the download – it’s already started downloading the alternative version so it’ll continue, despite looking like it’s grabbing the latest one.
This guide is a re-write of the forum post on PSN Profiles, HERE – I’ve tested it on a few games and it’s worked each time – if you have any issues, post them below and I’ll try to help you as best as I can.
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