The PlayStation 3 was one of the most successful video game consoles despite its weak 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 it still has a fondness for this device. That’s why, nearly 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 aging desktop console. The update doesn’t bring with it anything extraordinary, but it is yet another sign that Sony doesn’t easily forget about its hardware, no matter how old it is.
The new software version is listed on the console’s official website, but without further details. According to Sony, installing the 4.88 software on the PS3 brings improvements in system performance.
Since its launch in November 2006, until the final discontinuation of its manufacture in 2017, the PS3 has been a major source of good news for Sony. At the time of the end of its manufacture, the Asian company had sold nearly 90 million units worldwide. And its lifespan was long 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 PlayStation 3 is a response to the cult status the console has gained since its launch. Still, it’s an unknown for how much longer the Asian company will maintain new versions for the software.
The last version of the PS3 system that did not include only performance improvements was 4.50 released in 2013. It allowed all gamers to activate automatic console updates, not just PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Today, it is impossible for Sony to bring new features to PlayStation 3 because, logically, its focus is elsewhere. However, nostalgic gamers know that they still have some support from manufacturers to maintain their user experience.