PS3 system update 4.89 removes PSN account creation

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Sony has released a new PS3 system update today which will prevent users from creating and managing PSN accounts via their PlayStation 3 console. A similar update has also been released for the PlayStation Vita.


PS3 system update 4.89 is now available to download, whether playing on new “Super Slim” hardware or an OG phat model. If you want to continue using PlayStation Network features such as browsing the store or playing games online then you’ll need to install it.

The new restrictions are designed to improve account security as Sony moves away from legacy systems. In a previous update it added a new level of security for PS3 sign-ins, requiring users to authorise via another linked device. Read below for the full list of changes.

PS3 System Update 4.89 Patch Notes

Signing in to PlayStation Network now requires a device setup password for enhanced account protection.

Account creation for PlayStation Network and some account management features are no longer available on the console. Use your PC or mobile browser to use account management features with improved performance, speed, and safety.

By now, it’s likely that many of you have retired you PS3 consoles – is it too soon to label it as retro? Still, it gave us some truly great games definitely worth revisiting. We’re hoping to do just that when Sony launches its new PlayStation Plus service, giving subscribers access to over 400 games on demand.

However, while PS1, PS2, PS4, and PSP titles can be downloaded and played on PS5, the PS3’s library of games will only be accessible via streaming. Past PlayStation Now users will be all too familiar with this limitation, and it’s widely been cited as one of the main reasons why the service never reached it’s full potential. It was hoped that Sony would have found a way to enable PS3 emulation on PS5, but that sadly won’t be the case when the service relaunches on June 22, 2022. That said, there is speculation that the company may be considering PS3 emulation at some point in the future.

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