Stealth Updates for PS3 and PS Vita Annoy Some Gamers

A surprise firmware update for the PS3 and PS Vita removes several important account management features from Sony’s two older consoles.

While Sony is focused on the PlayStation 5, many of its older consoles still maintain passionate fan bases that use their older consoles to this day. Nearly a decade has passed since the PS3 was Sony’s debut console, but the console’s library of exclusive games remains popular with its fans and the PS Vita maintains a niche audience with a small audience still using the handheld despite its commercial failure. Now, a new update for consoles has some fans puzzled and angry.


While Sony previously announced the imminent closure of the PlayStation store on its older defunct consoles, the fervent reaction from console fans has silenced those claims. While consoles don’t have the widespread use they once did, the PS Vita continues to see maintenance on its online store with a recent fix addressing an issue with purchasing PS Classics games. PS3 games have been a prominent part of the PlayStation Now library, but now, a new firmware update will prevent fans from creating new PlayStation Network accounts on older consoles.

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Sony stealthily released a firmware update for the PS3 and PS Vita on Tuesday, with no official confirmation on the details of the update. While consoles are no strangers to more infrequent updates, addressing bugs and maintaining systems, the latest update will remove an important feature from Sony’s older consoles. PS3 and Vita users will now no longer be able to create accounts natively from PS3 or PS Vita, instead prompting these fans to create an account through Sony’s website on PC or a mobile browser.

The report also mentioned that some unspecified account management features will also be inaccessible on PS3 and PS Vita, once again requiring fans to use an external browser. These changes angered many devoted fans of old consoles with the latest update removing key features, requiring these fans to use external sources to create new accounts. The firmware update will be the first for the PS3 since July 2021, with the Vita not seeing any updates in a significantly longer period of time. Vita version 3.73 was released in October 2019.

Sony’s push to shut down its classic consoles comes as the company is gearing up to make major updates to its premium offerings with the upcoming PlayStation Plus revision, looking to keep the legacy of these classic consoles alive. Sony announced in March that the new tiered PlayStation Plus service will offer a selection of its classic PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games for gamers to enjoy at the highest level of the service. Fans of Sony’s older consoles may be sad to see that account creation is over, but these passionate fans will likely continue to enjoy classic consoles for years to come.

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Source: DualShockers

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