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Mystery PS3 4.11 update isn’t optional at all

We have only just had a new update to the PlayStation 3 console which improves functionality of the web browser, but now we have confirmation that Sony has just gone live with another firmware update, bringing the console to version 4.11.

However, not for the first time, Sony are remaining silent on what the update actually addresses and as you can imagine there is various debate going on as to what the update fixes, and if there’s any sort of hidden features that Sony didn’t want to make public.

After doing a little digging, there is one possible explanation for this update. A user over at NeoGaf forums is claiming that the update fixes a PSN installation error when the console wouldn’t delete downloaded files after auto-installing. We’re yet to confirm this, but we have seen reports of this being accurate so perhaps this is the case.

Sony are calling this an optional update but we’ve also seen that users are still required to update to this firmware before being allowed to access the PlayStation network. We’ve tested this ourselves and we can confirm that it isn’t optional at all. It looks like for some reason, this is a mandatory update for everyone outside of the US or Canada, and you won’t be able to play online unless you’ve installed it.

Is it a coincidence that a new firmware update appears the day after Sony accidentally put a free Michael Jackson: The Experience game up for the PS Vita? Probably, since the demo which caused the glitch can no longer be found on the PS Store. We bet there’s a few of you who are holding off on this update purely out of fear that you may lose your free game!

At the moment, users over at the US Blog aren’t particularly happy with the update, not just because of the fact that it appears to do nothing, but the fact that Sony hasn’t been 100% clear on if the update is mandatory or optional. Hopefully we’ll be able to get to the bottom of this and provide some further answers to this before the end of the week.

Have you already installed the PS3 firmware update 4.11? Was it a mandatory or optional update for you? If you have spotted any new features or removed functionality that you think we should know about, leave us a comment below.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Clivehines
Clivehines

You all thought games on internet was great…now you are being controlled by Sony..using YOUR hardware to force you to put games shops out of business and buy from them…spend bread for non existent threads and  crap on home..go to their associates to buy films…music…with future plans including non acceptance of preowned stuff.   Since os 4.10…4.11 and 4.20 my family’s ps3s have lagged..crawled..refused to play games they played before…refused to go on Home…they are via the new os updates..sneaking in stuff to take you out of disc use to buying only via store…furtive?   Think PEARL HARBOUR!   We… Read more »

Markitos42907
Markitos42907

Everytime I play a blu ray on my ps3 is says that I need to update my blu ray but my ps3 already has the Latest update 4.11,can someone help me to solve this problem

froglover06
froglover06

its been on for like ten minutes now doing NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANNA PLAY MAX PAYNE 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

froglover06
froglover06

just freezes at “Please Wait…” for me! if i go back it stays on “Cancelling…” i hate this update!!!!!!

Iang
Iang

I am in Aust. I have tried to upload 4.11 several times. It always crashs at around 71%. I have tried on line vis PS3 and upload from PC via memory stick to PS3. I have several games that will not work now until I load 4.11 including GT5. The PS3 still pays Blue Ray and DVD without any issues. The error message is 8002F997 which apparently means the data is corrupt. Very frustrating.

Trigs
Trigs

i just updated my system to 4.11 4/29/12 2:00 PM and then suddenly everything hangs and lags. it takes time to launch a game like mw3. it takes time to complete saving a game in nba2k11, it stop’s in 66% while saving and it takes a minute to reach 100%. takes time to load the ps home page. takes time to quit a game using the ps button. and lastly takes time to turn off the system. it beeps first everytime i turn it off. it takes too long. is that normal. i think there’s something wrong with the update.… Read more »

RiddlesAtU
RiddlesAtU

U.S. Mine was optional. In fact i didnt even know about it until 2 days ago.. iv been playing games, watching tv, talking to friends, ect.. without any issue. Perhaps its only mandatory on certain types of systems? Im running the slim 250gb model.

Russiansokol
Russiansokol

Optional for me. PS3 US, Account US, but just a month ago moved to Russia… at 4.10 firmware i have one problem 2 days now i cant buy PS3 games from the PS Store. tried 2 US Credit Cards and i get an error.. i hope this will fix that problem.. will wright back if it did!

Austin Garrison
Austin Garrison

Just got it now. US. Not mandatory at all…

Barbara_anne_card
Barbara_anne_card

is there any answers to all these questions?
 

4Life
4Life

soon after i installed 4.11 BF3 freezes on a couple of maps every time now…maps NEVER froze before this update! i want it out of my precious PS3..Somebody help get me my old version back!!!

Tressy
Tressy

Mandatory for me (Norway). And it made it so I saw error code 80010514 (don´t recognize game) on two new games for the first time since I bought this PS3 5 years ago. However the error code comes up only after there is an game-save. (they worked first time I put them in) They are bought EA games. I think there is a code in there to prevent copied games to work, but it stops everybody the code cannot recognize. I have done an hard reset, and my PS3 HD is completely empty now. The next thing I will try… Read more »

CodyRichards
CodyRichards

Update fixed all dns errors i was getting for me

C Gomez103
C Gomez103

On my girlfriends PS3 slim, it didn’t prompt her to update her system, however she wasn’t able to sign on PSN and go online until she updated it. On my fat PS3, I was able to log on PSN and play online games all day without updating. Just updated it now for the hell of it.

Much_love_7
Much_love_7

im from hawaii and the update to 4.11 was optional for me but during the update and after everytime i jump into a game for mw3 online i play for like a minute then it lags out and i lose connection for every single game that i jump into and i dont know what to do PLEASE help if you guys have any info on this.

Joeybarklow
Joeybarklow

I didn’t even know that there was an update. My 80 gb fat PS3 suffered the YLOD about 5 days ago. Previously I was playing a lot of Skyrim, so no online play, but Netflix worked fine. I re-flowed the motherboard yesterday. I had to accept new terms and agreements to sign in to PSN and randomly found the update an hour ago. It seems it has been different for everyone.

jamescobalt

I’m in the US but had a Japanese PSN account. Not sure if that’s related to my issue, but the 4.11 update has essentially bricked my original release PS3. 🙁

KKV
KKV

I live in the US. Still have yet to download that update, and im playing online games just fine. This update is only mandatory for certain services.

Mark
Mark

My streaming from YAMJ and IIS has stopped working, it’s to stop you streaming using their browser!!!! Grrr.

Theblackduck421
Theblackduck421

Didnt have to update but then i coudnt play online.

Forster David2
Forster David2

I got my old 40gig ps3 out of the cupboard and had a little play around with it, it has a broken lazor on it and it said i had to download 4.00. It just looped over and over again at the installation part. I then used the safe modes to get back on the browser, but i could not sign in. However once this ‘4.11’ came out it worked, the installation was fine and can now sign in, maybe people who have bluray lenses that arent quite 100% sony did something to make u think your ps was fucked… Read more »

Leviathian19
Leviathian19

downloading 4.11… 

Kawaii1998
Kawaii1998

When i downloaded version 4.0/4.10/4.11, CoD MW3 wouldn’t work anymore. How do i remove these version updates if i can remove the versions???

sgh
sgh

US: Mandatory..  Logging in to Netflix forced me to update..

Robert Jones

UK mandatory,installation stopped at 99% and won’t let me continue, after several attempts to restart.  Won’t let me access the safe mod menu either, so who’s paying for the service Sony?

Juice
Juice

Its not mandatory the only reason you cant sign into PSN is because they updated their terms and conditions.

rororuz
rororuz

Mandatory in Chile to use PSN, Battlefield 3.

MissKreeps
MissKreeps

ahhhhhhh so is that why the installation bubbles didnt dissapear despite installing the dled games i had to delete the bubbles manually and double check they all installed right
and yea it was mandatory for me too 

Jeff Loki Collier

I tried signing in after a few weeks without internet and it was a mandatory install. I couldn’t sign in. US 160GB PS3

Wiggy68
Wiggy68

I’m in the UK, it has slowed my machine and froze after playing MW3′ and now requesting a database rebuild – not impressed!

Rockstar_leader58
Rockstar_leader58

Playstation Plus downloaded and installed it for me and have not seen anything different

Davejsmith6
Davejsmith6

In the uk.ignored update but battlefield 3 wouldn’t load until I actually installed it

AlmondTheGreat
AlmondTheGreat

Well I guess it is just minor fixes. I couldn’t download themes on my ps3 after 4.10. But all seems to be working well now. Thanks Sony :) 

AlmondTheGreat

Bunni
Bunni

Manadatory update in the UK and yet not for the cheating yanks and maple leaf user’s so the jailbreakers running cheats will continue what a way to go ruining £40+ games for the rest of us Sony

Garry Steele

I’m in the UK, just installed what was a Mandatory update. I guess Sony will put on the blog later that it “increases stability in some titles” like they always say.

pknix44
pknix44

just signed in Aus update was mandatory when I tried to go on psn. install and reboot fine now playing wipeout all good.

xXMercy_BulletXx
xXMercy_BulletXx

mandatory.. i cant sign in to ps network “yet” i keep getting error message during the update. used to download it from the site with laptop then get it with USB stick but wow this one not avaiable on the site yet???

Rinchan
Rinchan

4.11 just installed. Mandatory update in Japan (not installing this update results in anything that requires PSN sign in, not to work). 

Bob Attoe

i bet theres loads holding off, frightned there cheats wont work

guest from nowhere
guest from nowhere

I’m updating now.. Hopefully this update removes that annoying epilepsy warning… I don’t have modded console, so I have nothing to fear. What you guys are afraid of? Losing one game..? Or losing jailbreak..?

Bigmike 0426
Bigmike 0426

Optional

Liepoo
Liepoo

 sucker its not in australia yay =)

Liepoo
Liepoo

im still on 4.10 yay =)

Matthewjames
Matthewjames

It’s mandatory for me (South Africa).. :/ Busy downloading it now.  Bloody ballache if you ask me!

Elias
Elias

i cant update it says error plzzzz helppp

JakeyFlower
JakeyFlower

it was mandatory for me lol =(

Danny
Danny

Mandatory could go to the ps store without it…

Liepoo
Liepoo

it was a optional update for me lol =)

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