Sony Releases PS3, PS Vita Firmware Updates

Sony quietly released new firmware updates for the PlayStation 3 and the PS Vita today.

As PushSquare reports, these aren’t firmware updates to get excited about if you own either legacy system. For the PS3, firmware version 4.89 will be offered if your console is online, while PS Vita owners can get firmware version 3.74.

In both cases, the main new feature being added is two-factor authentication to login to the PlayStation Network (PSN). Sony introduced this for better account protection. However, the firmware update also means you can no longer create a new PSN account on the PS3 or the Vita.

Sony expects owners with existing PSN accounts to use a PC or mobile browser for account management going forward, which the company says offers “improved performance, speed, and security.” Code redemptions on PS Vita now redirect to a website when using either a URL or QR code, and general billing information is also on an external website now.

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Unlike last year’s firmware update, which improved the performance of the PS3, this one feels a lot more final. Sony is simply enhancing the security around these old machines so it can turn more of its attention to the PS5 and trying to get 18 million of them manufactured this year.

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