Sony Releases Security-Based PS3 Firmware Update
We normally avoid any stories related to hacking but in this case, it pertains to a new firmware update for the PlayStation 3, so...
Today, Sony has announced that firmware update 3.42 is available for download, and it's strictly a security-based update. It's necessary if you wish to access the PlayStation Network and although Sony wouldn't say whether it disables the functionality of the PS Jailbreak, a spokesperson did say the update is "an overall security related issue." If you didn't know, the PS3 was hacked at the end of last month by a group calling themselves PS Jailbreak; they released a USB dongle onto the international market that lets the public mod the system, too. Basically, it lets an owner install homemade or pirated software onto the PS3's hard drive, which would negate the software disc requirement. Sales of the device were stopped in Australia, where Sony is now taking legal action but no news on what's going on concerning Sony vs. PS Jailbreak in this country. For the most part, this doesn't really affect you if you don't care about modding your console, but at least you know what update 3.42 is all about. Good to have that info.
You just need 168MB of free space to install it, so go for it. Remember, you can't log into the PSN until you do.
9/7/2010 10:46:19 AM Ben Dutka