PlayStation are rolling out the carpet for their new initiative which could make gamers and fans of Sony thousands of pounds.
The PlayStation Bug Bounty programme is a route for users of the PS4 and the PlayStation network to pinpoint issues with Sony’s product in exchange for a monetary reward, which can be as high as £50,000.
Geoff Norton, senior director software engineer at SIE, revealed the exciting new initiative via the PlayStation Blog on June 24.
“At PlayStation, we are committed to providing gamers all over the world with great experiences. I’m happy to announce today that we have started a public PlayStation Bug Bounty programme because the security of our products is a fundamental part of creating amazing experiences for our community,” Norton told the fan base.
“We believe that through working with the security research community we can deliver a safer place to play.
“We have partnered with HackerOne to help run this programme, and we are inviting the security research community, gamers, and anyone else to test the security of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Network.
“Our bug bounty programme has rewards for various issues, including critical issues on PS4.
“To date, we have been running our bug bounty programme privately with some researchers. We recognise the valuable role that the research community plays in enhancing security, so we’re excited to announce our program for the broader community.”
The relatively new programme has already dished out £174,000 in bounties. The real money lies in the ‘critical issue’ department, where you can receive £3,000 for identifying a PSN issue, but you can also make a whopping £50,000 if you’re able to recognise a problem with the PS4 console.
PlayStation’s new partners HackerOne commented: “At PlayStation, we strive to be the best place to play, and believe that the security of our environment is fundamental to that goal. We believe that through close partnerships with the security research community we can deliver a safer place to play.”
This new project will certainly be welcomed by fans, but PlayStation will definitely use this opportunity to improve their new release the PlayStation 5, which is expected to be released in mid-November ahead of the holiday season.
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