The PlayStation 3 was one of the most successful video game consoles despite its slow start. It was also part of a formidable technological leap in the second half of the 2000s. Although Sony has already released two successors , it is clear that Sony still has a fondness for this device. For this reason, almost 15 years after its launch, the PS3 continues to receive system updates .
On Tuesday, June 1, the Japanese corporation released version 4.88 of the software that powers its old desktop console. The update doesn’t bring anything out of the ordinary, but it is further proof that Sony doesn’t easily forget about its hardware, no matter how old it is.
The update for PlayStation 3 was spotted by Videogames Chronicle , following a post on Twitter. The new version of the software also appears on the console’s official website , but without further details. According to Sony, installing the 4.88 software on the PS3 provides system performance improvements .
From its launch in November 2006 to its final discontinuation in 2017, the PS3 has been a major source of good news for Sony. At the time of its discontinuation, the Asian company had sold almost 90 million units worldwide . And their lifespan was greatly extended thanks to the Slim and Super Slim variants that were introduced in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
That Sony has released a system update for the PlayStation 3 is a response to the cult status that the console has gained since its launch. Anyway, it is anyone’s guess how long the Asian company will keep new versions for the software.
According to VGC , the last version of the PS3 system that did not include only performance improvements was 4.50 released in 2013. It allowed all players to activate automatic console updates, and not just PlayStation Plus subscribers. .
Today it is impossible for Sony to incorporate new functions to PlayStation 3 because, logically, its center of attention is elsewhere. However, nostalgic gamers know that they still have some support from manufacturers to maintain their user experience.
In addition, a small software update can serve as a gesture of appreciation after twists and turns regarding the future of virtual stores PS3, PSP and PS Vita.