You may recall a furore earlier in the year, when it emerged that Sony consoles, like the PlayStation 5 and PS4, could potentially be rendered unplayable in the future due to an oversight in their design. The summary is this: the systems use an internal battery to verify Trophy unlocks, which need to be authorised by pinging a PSN server at least once in their life. The worry was that, one day, in the far-away future, the Japanese giant may disable its authentication servers, rendering games unplayable when the internal batteries inevitably die.
Earlier in the year, the manufacturer fixed this issue on the PS4, and now it’s quietly released a similar resolution for the PS5. A video uploaded by Hikikomori Media shows PS5 software booting without the aforementioned CMOS battery installed, which wasn’t the case previously. The only exception is PS Plus software, but it makes sense that Sony would need to verify your subscription for these titles, so it’s not exactly the end of the world.
Anyway, now you can rest in peace: another social media scandal has been resolved.