Sony Updates PlayStation 3 Firmware, A 'Critical Step' In Bringing PlayStation Network Back Online

Sony's PlayStation Network is still down—this is day 25—but there's a sliver of good news for PlayStation 3 owners today. Sony has released new firmware for the PS3 (version 3.61) that lets users update their PlayStation Network passwords.

In fact, you're required to update your PlayStation Network password with the arrival of firmware 3.61, a mandatory update, VP of Sony Network Entertainment Eric Lempel writes on the company's PlayStation.blog. "If using a PS3, your password can only be changed on your own PS3 (or a PS3 on which your PSN account was activated), as an added layer of security," Lempel writes.

"If you have never downloaded any content using your account on the system, an email will be sent to the registered sign-in ID (email address) associated with your account when you first attempt to sign-in to PSN," Lempel's post reads. "This e-mail will contain a link that will enable you to change your password."

Sony "strongly recommend[s] " that PS3 owners update now to "prepare for when PlayStation Network is back online."

PS3 System Software Update [PlayStation.blog]


Comments

    YEAP PS3 ONLY GET THE UPDATE 3.61 BUT STILL maintenance PSN... in FACT (((STILL NOT SIGIN)))

      Yeah same here

    Updating now at 52% chucked in a cd to listen to and the ps said there is a update available. My first thought was psn is back up, but I guess that might be a day or two away. But this is a welcome first step.

    After repeatedly getting error 80710723 (turn media server off) PS3 does NOT appear to recognise the "update via storage media" option after downloading to USB stick.

    I do understand if / why Sony have made this a internet only update - given hacks are / were enabled "via storage media" - though it would be nice if they let us know...

      no; that wouldn't make sense to make it from online only considering the official playstation websites offer it for download.

      I successfully updated via a USB stick. Did you remember to put the firmware update in the \ps3\update directory?

      I still haven't been able to change my password or anything though.

        as soon as I finished posting here it d'l'd in about 30 seconds - with no error.

        'm guessing the servers were a smidgen busy

    No, I updated via storage media, and it worked.

    You might want to download the update directly to a USB, not to a documents folder and then transfer. Also, make sure you have a folder in the front of your USB saying PS3 and a folder in that folder named UPDATE. Save the update to this folder. Then try to update via storage media.

    Also, it will not be a day or two away, as the Americans already have gaming service resumed. I won't be placed behind Americans, tbh.

    i've downloaded it and i'm still getting that PSN is in maintenance, no prompts for changing my password have come up...

    so thats cool playstation, focus on getting america and europe back up, but don't give a sh♥t about australia!

      Where do you think the money is? :\

      I am pretty sure we share the European PSN FYI. The only region that I have heard of already being online is Japan and that is it.

      The only component that is handled locally is regional multi player.

      I would like to thank you for pointing out that the human race is f***ed come the next generations chance to lead.

    when will canada be back online?

    Update successful but cannot change password.

    I'll need to do it via email anyway as I created my account on another console...

    Oh well. At least it's a step forward.

    dam got my hopes up thought it was back but this is only a good sign for the future any ideas 4 when it will actually be back up

    Still waiting for email its been over 3 hours now this is starting to really suck. You goto the playstation site click on the links they have still under maintenance what is going on and does anybody know when we will get the email.

    May 15 2011 server error occurs when signining onto psn I have the 3.61 update but still cant sign back up with old name

    When will Australia be back online? I've been a good girl, waiting patiently all day. (And the past 3 weeks) Please put it back on. :D

    PSN IS UP IN NORTH AMERICA OR IN CALIFORNIA AT LEASAT

    U DONT HAVE TO CHANGE PW FROM ORIGINAL BOX IT WAS SETUP ON . JUST SIGN IN KEEP TRYING. SAID MAINTAINACE FOR A WHILE BUT THEN LOGIN CHANGE PW AND UPDATE. THATS THAT

    Still not on. ): It says they have restored it to Australia but still getting that damn maintenance error! Come on!

    How come i didnt get the email....

    Please reply, my email as been disabled, and now i cannot change my password for my PSN, and it will not let me log in,

    when will virginia be back on line i cant watch netflix movies on playstation3 or anything

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