Surprise! There’s a new PS3 firmware update – here’s what patch 4.88 does

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While many of us are solely transfixed on the PS5 and its steadily unspooling catalogue of blockbuster games, Sony are still supporting their legacy consoles.

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A new PS3 update has come from out of nowhere and is now available to download and install. You can either sign into the PlayStation Network on your PS3 console to access firmware update 4.88, or grab the update file from Sony’s official website, shoving it on a USB instead.

So, what does PS3 update 4.88 actually do? The patch notes are unsurprisingly thin but at least they’re a bit more descriptive than the enigmatic “stability & improvements” line we’re so used to. Not available to view via the console, here’s what 4.88 does according to the official Twitter account of open-source PS3 emulator, RCPS3:

  • Update Blu-ray keys for new movie releases
  • System fixes (possibly security fixes)

If anything, this latest patch proves that Sony aren’t quite done with supporting the PS3 just yet. Although we won’t see any new releases, there’s a chance that some PlayStation 3 owners may be using their console to play Blu-ray discs.

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Earlier this year, many feared that a huge library of PS3 and PS Vita games would disappear as Sony announced it would close the digital store. Originally, they had planned to remove hundreds of games listed for both systems which would later be unavailable to download even if you had purchased them. This lead to fiery backlash from PlayStation fans, with a selection of rarer PS3 and PS Vita title rocketing in price on the second hand market.

Sony later pulled a U-turn on their decision, issuing the following statement:

When we initially came to the decision to end purchasing support for PS3 and PS Vita, it was born out of a number of factors, including commerce support challenges for older devices and the ability for us to focus more of our resources on newer devices where a majority of our gamers are playing on. 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.

In terms of what’s coming next for PlayStation, PS5 fans are currently waiting for the launch of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart with Horizon: Forbidden West having been taken centre stage during a recent PlayStation State of Play broadcast.

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