PS3 Gets A New Firmware Update

Sony has released a PS3 firmware update, version 4.90. There’s nothing fancy in the update–it improves system performance and requires a minimum 200 MB of free space on the PS3 hard drive or storage media.

It’s impressive to see PS3 updates still rolling out, especially since we’re on the fifth generation of PlayStation and there are no more new games being made for the PS3.

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Sony did plan to shut down the PS3 storefront in 2021, but reversed its plans after players who still use the PlayStation 3 pushed back against the decision. It is, however, harder to purchase PS3 and Vita content now. Credit and debit cards, as well as Paypal, can’t be used to purchase content in PlayStation Store on PS3 or Vita devices. Players need to add funds through other ways like using the desktop or mobile versions of the PlayStation Store, or other PlayStation devices like the PS5.

Sony did proceed with plans to close down the PSP store in 2021.

In related hardware news, Sony’s PSVR 2 launched on Feburary 22. The virtual reality headset is a more refined and advanced iteration of the first PSVR.

“This leaves PSVR 2 in a very strange spot. As a successor, it improves on what came before in every possible way. It’s a very well-made VR headset that has a high-quality build and premium feel while utilizing powerful technology,” said Tamoor Hussain in GameSpot’s PSVR 2 review. “But there’s nothing that makes it absolutely essential to own right now, beyond the thrills of being there on day one for new gaming hardware–or if you just really want more Horizon.”

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