Dust off that old PlayStation 3 because Sony has made it clear that the system isn’t dead yet. The company has released a new firmware update — Version 4.90 — for the nearly 17-year-old console.
“An update to the PlayStation 3 system software was released on 28/02/23,” Sony says on its PlayStation website. “In order to download the update, you need a minimum 200MB of free space on either the PS3 Hard Disk Drive (System Update) or on removable storage media (PC Update).”
As far as what this firmware update does, you might want to sit down for this one.
“This system software update improves system performance,” the company says.
How it improves system performance, that’s up for debate. After all, how much more improvement can someone get out of a console that launched back in 2006?
Regarding the usefulness of the PlayStation 3, it’s still a console getting playtime, even in 2023. According to the site PS Timetracker, which isn’t the deepest tracker but still gives a good idea of what’s being played, Red Dead Redemption was the most active PlayStation 3 title. Other titles like Minecraft, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Grand Theft Auto IV also remain popular on the system.