Software updates can include, improvements, new settings or revisions, as well as security patches. It’s recommended that you download the latest version of the PS3 operating software system.
To check what version of software is currently running on your PlayStation 3, from the Home page go to [System Settings] -> [System Information]. You will see a System Software Version number. Keep a note of that number and go to the link at the bottom of this page to find out the latest System Software version currently available.
There are 2 ways in which you can update your software, via the internet or via a Storage Media devise as explained below.
1. Update Using an Internet Connection
If your PS3 is connected to the internet, check that updates are automatically set to download:
2. Storage Media Device Update
You can download an update from Sony’s website using a PC and save it to a disc or USB memory stick and then download it to your PS3.
To check and or to perform a PS3 Software Update, click on this link.
Problems Updating to the Latest PS3 Software?
If you experiencing problems with updating the PS3 software to the latest available version, try deleting the cookies and cache files for each user on the PS3 system from within the Internet Browser of your PlayStation.
1. Delete Cache & Cookies
To do this simply perform the following. From the Home Menu -> [Network], then select [internet browser]. When you get the internet browser even if it’s an error message you see, press the triangle button. Next select [Tools] from the Options menu. From here select [Delete Cookies] and press Yes to confirm.
Next, go through the same steps as above except in the Options menu to select [Delete Cache] instead.
Finally, follow the above steps and select [Delete Authentication Information].
You need to repeat the above for each user on the system.
2. Disable Media Server Connection
From the PS3 Home Menu, go to [Settings] -> [Network Settings] -> [Media Connection], then highlight [Disable] and select to confirm.
3. Reboot Network Equipment
This simply involves turning off your network equipment for 2 full minutes before restarting it.
4. Reset the PS3 System
To perform a system reset, simply hold down the Power/Standby button on the front of the console for 10 seconds. The power indicator will turn red. Then simply restart your PS3.