Sony has released a surprise PS3 firmware update today bumping the system software to version 4.88. The changelog for this update can be seen here.
While PS3 is pretty much a legacy system by now, it still gets updates usually for security patches/exploits, or for updating the blu-ray keys so that new movies continue to work on it for those who use it as a blu-ray player.
The latest system software that they released on June 1 is no exception. It is related to improving system software compatibility but according to the people behind the PS3 emulator RPCS3, this firmware update is just a minor security patch.
Sony continues to patch the system software for both the PS3 and PS Vita. The last update that they released for the PlayStation 3 was almost six months ago so this was surprising news for most users who still have a PlayStation 3 hooked to their console.
Sony also continues to update their other consoles including the PS4. While the PS5 has just launched, it received its major update early in May adding support for some new features while improving the overall system performance.
If you have installed this update and experienced any changes, please let us know in the comments below.