The 14-year-old PlayStation 3 just got updated

midian182

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What just happened? Are you a retro gaming fan who still enjoys playing titles on the PlayStation 3? Then here's some good, and quite surprising, news: Sony has pushed out an update for the 14-year-old console, which was discontinued in North America back in 2016.

The PS3 system update 4.88 is the 60th patch for a console that launched in November 2006, the same month that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death and Daniel Craig made his first appearance as James Bond in Casino Royale.

As with every update the PlayStation 3 has received over the last few years, this one, which requires 200MB of free space, doesn't do much beyond improving "system performance."

Coincidentally enough, the 4.88 update arrives around one month before Sony had planned to close down the PlayStation 3 store. Back in March, the company confirmed it was shuttering the PS3 and PSP digital storefronts on July 27, while the Vita store was scheduled to close on August 27. But fan outcry saw Sony backpedal, with SIE president Jim Ryan admitting that closing the PS3 and PS Vita stores was a "wrong decision." The PSP version is still being killed off next month.

"We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I'm glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations," said Ryan.

Sony claims keeping the PS3 and Vita stores open for their respective aging consoles is complicated, and the company wants to focus on its newer products, especially the PS5. How much longer the PlayStation 3 store will stick around is unknown, but the update is a promising sign.

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madboyv1

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I bought one of these just so I could play Gradius V and Contra: Shattered Soldier.
It's sitting there, collecting dust, but I may fire it up to do the update.
I played the hell out of Gradius V both single player and co-op with a friend, it was good stuff, good stuff... I have it on PS2, did not know it was on PS3.
 

Scshadow

Posts: 652   +309
I wonder if this is related to the issue floating around in news story that if your cmos battery went dead that the console would essentially become unusable without the ability to reconnect to the store to reenable existing software. I think it was primarily an issue with digitally licensed content but they should definitely fix that to avoid ticking people off even more when they do close the store.
 

ManuelV

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""We see now that many of you are incredibly passionate about being able to continue purchasing classic games on PS3 and PS Vita for the foreseeable future, so I'm glad we were able to find a solution to continue operations," said Ryan."

That is like saying, "so, the only reason I agree to say I was wrong and we are going to keep this going is because you are going to spend money on it". So humble and with the passionate fans, well, at least he is sincere.
 

Rdmetz

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I know what this is for... It try and break my jailbreak like they've done the last dozen patches.

I don't take them anymore not until the crack guys have fully implemented all features in the new firmware.

I don't know why they keep trying they'll never put that genie back in the bottle.
 

Rdmetz

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I bought one of these just so I could play Gradius V and Contra: Shattered Soldier.
It's sitting there, collecting dust, but I may fire it up to do the update.
I bought 2 recently for like 50 bucks a piece. They are the most recent slims that still offer full jailbreaking ability at the firmware level and have support to play ps1 ps2 and psp games along side ps3.

Which I get to keep all my backups on my NAS and play them over the network as of they were in the disc drive!

I love it!

Don't use it too much but I love it!

And trying to find a good quality official DS3 is a nightmare but after 4 of em I got a very solid legit one that feels basically brand new.
 

Mjswooosh

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I bought 2 recently for like 50 bucks a piece. They are the most recent slims that still offer full jailbreaking ability at the firmware level and have support to play ps1 ps2 and psp games along side ps3.

Which I get to keep all my backups on my NAS and play them over the network as of they were in the disc drive!

I love it!

Don't use it too much but I love it!

And trying to find a good quality official DS3 is a nightmare but after 4 of em I got a very solid legit one that feels basically brand new.

Slims or Super Slims?

I've got a 2010 slim that is basically brand new but I've been wanting to buy another as backup in case this one shits the bed someday.

Hadn't thought about getting another for any other purpose than just sitting in reserve, but now you've got me thinking that it would be fun to fool around with a setup similar to yours.

Can you point to a good location for a tutorial how to set up a PS3 like yours? Any general tips? Sounds like a great idea!