What just happened? Are you a retro gaming fan who still enjoys playing titles on PlayStation 3? So here’s some pretty surprising good news: Sony released an update for the 14-year-old console, which was discontinued in North America in 2016.
The PS3 system update 4.88 is the 60th patch for a console launched in November 2006, the same month that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death and Daniel Craig made his first appearance as James Bond in Casino Royale.
As with all the updates the PlayStation 3 has received over the past few years, this one, which requires 200MB of free space, doesn’t do much beyond improving “system performance.” “.
Coincidentally, Update 4.88 comes about a month before Sony planned to shut down the PlayStation 3 store. In March, the company confirmed that it was closing the PS3 and PSP digital storefronts on July 27, while the Vita store was scheduled to close on August 27. The PS Vita stores were a “bad decision”. The PSP version is still being killed off next month.
“We now see 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.” Ryan said.
Sony says keeping the PS3 and Vita stores open for their respective aging consoles is complicated, and the company wants to focus on its new products, especially the PS5. It’s unclear how long the PlayStation 3 store will last, but the update is a promising sign.