Out of nowhere, Sony has just issued a mandatory new firmware update for the PS3. PS3 update 4.40 is now available to download and all users will have to install it if they want to continue using online services via PSN. The strange thing about this particular update, is that there hasn’t been any information prior to be update landing, while Sony hasn’t given any indication whatsoever on what firmware update 4.40 brings, since there are no official patch notes at the moment.
It clearly does do something though if it’s a mandatory update, so we’re guessing there will be one or two hidden features that users will uncover once the update is explored in greater detail. For now, we’re assuming that the obligatory security improvements have been implemented into the system and nothing else that’s clearcut.
There are already whispers emerging that the 4.40 update could fix up a recent loophole that allows users to emulate any PS2 game on a PS3 system running a custom firmware. We wouldn’t be surprised if Sony has strengthened the system up further to prevent any chance of a downgrade, which consumers may be interested in upon hearing of the PS2 exploit.
We’re used to Sony giving out a single line of text stating that this is just a security improvement update. However, we don’t even have that this time, yet it’s a mandatory install. Very strange you have to say on this occasion, so we’ll have to wait and see what other features are found.
We’ll update this when that does happen, but in the meantime let us know if you have spotted anything different on the new PS3 4.40 update.
Also See: PS4 5.50 update notes for March 8