Password Changing PS3 Firmware Update Available, PlayStation Network Still Down

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Edited By patrickklepek
It only does everything...pretty soon, we hope.
It only does everything...pretty soon, we hope.

PlayStation Network is not back yet, but Sony took an important step towards changing that this afternoon by releasing an updated firmware, dubbed version 3.61, which will eventually force users to change their passwords.

"We strongly recommend that all PSN account holders with PS3s update their systems to prepare for when PlayStation Network is back online," announced Sony Network Entertainment VP Eric Lempel on the PlayStation Blog today. "The release of this update is a critical step as we work to make PlayStation Network significantly more secure. Thank you for your continued support and patience."

Though many would hope otherwise, this update doesn't turn on multiplayer or bring back the store. It does, however, add an additional layer of security for PS3 going forward, as you will no longer be able to modify your account password anywhere but your own PS3 or a separately activated console.

The update, which like other system updates was prompted when I turned on the PS3, took me about 12 minutes to download and install, but seeing as how I was grabbing the much anticipated update alongside potentially millions of others also enjoying Sturday on the couch, your mileage may vary.

Once the update was applied, as anticipated, nothing changed. PSN is still down. Until PSN is back online, this firmware is nothing more than preparation. When PSN does return, I'll have to change my password--and so will you.

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#1  Edited By patrickklepek
It only does everything...pretty soon, we hope.
It only does everything...pretty soon, we hope.

PlayStation Network is not back yet, but Sony took an important step towards changing that this afternoon by releasing an updated firmware, dubbed version 3.61, which will eventually force users to change their passwords.

"We strongly recommend that all PSN account holders with PS3s update their systems to prepare for when PlayStation Network is back online," announced Sony Network Entertainment VP Eric Lempel on the PlayStation Blog today. "The release of this update is a critical step as we work to make PlayStation Network significantly more secure. Thank you for your continued support and patience."

Though many would hope otherwise, this update doesn't turn on multiplayer or bring back the store. It does, however, add an additional layer of security for PS3 going forward, as you will no longer be able to modify your account password anywhere but your own PS3 or a separately activated console.

The update, which like other system updates was prompted when I turned on the PS3, took me about 12 minutes to download and install, but seeing as how I was grabbing the much anticipated update alongside potentially millions of others also enjoying Sturday on the couch, your mileage may vary.

Once the update was applied, as anticipated, nothing changed. PSN is still down. Until PSN is back online, this firmware is nothing more than preparation. When PSN does return, I'll have to change my password--and so will you.

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#2  Edited By Nurve

Its coming back!

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#3  Edited By BrickRoad

Looot of people trying to get this right now.

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#4  Edited By makeyourself270

Finally... baby steps

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#5  Edited By Napalm

I'm over all of this.

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#6  Edited By laserbolts
Nice to be seeing some signs of progress being made. I don't use pen but happy for the people that do. Thanks for the weekend news Patrick.
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#7  Edited By Aus_azn

Pat, always on top of things. Props!

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#8  Edited By Pkshields

Any day now right? Right?

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#9  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

So to summarize, shit still broke!!!

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#10  Edited By QKT

dont bother downloading it right now. the servers are clogged. oh the irony.

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#11  Edited By AlexW00d

Shit still broke?

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#12  Edited By JudgeDread
@BrickRoad said:
Looot of people trying to get this right now.
good let them be my test subjects...
I myself will wait for another 12 hours to see if the update is safe and will not mess anything up
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#13  Edited By CoheedFavorHouse

my downloads actually going surprisingly fast right now

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#14  Edited By Deusx

Damn playstation website is slow as hell. Servers being kicked in the balls from millions of people downloading the update.

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#15  Edited By pr1mus

I guess i was lucky then, cause i just updated and it took no more then 20 seconds to download the update. Plus maybe a minute to apply.

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#16  Edited By s-a-n-JR

Shit is now less broke.

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#17  Edited By MisterMouse

baby steps.

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#18  Edited By Sayishere

They still havent said when it will be up, which is still quite worrying

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#19  Edited By p_p_o_d

Dave,  PSN's still down.   




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#20  Edited By Xero0

 Sony PlayStation Ireland
"Hi guys, just to clarify some PSN services, including online gameplay, will indeed go live later today (Sunday)."

http://www.facebook.com/SonyPlayStationIreland?sk=wall

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#21  Edited By Xero0
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#22  Edited By onarum
@Xero0 said:
 Sony PlayStation Ireland"Hi guys, just to clarify some PSN services, including online gameplay, will indeed go live later today (Sunday)."http://www.facebook.com/SonyPlayStationIreland?sk=wall
One can only hope.
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#23  Edited By Hailinel
@MattyFTM said:

So to summarize, shit still broke!!!

No.  Shit is slightly less broke than before, but still broke.
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#24  Edited By yakov456
@onarum said:
@Xero0 said:
 Sony PlayStation Ireland"Hi guys, just to clarify some PSN services, including online gameplay, will indeed go live later today (Sunday)."http://www.facebook.com/SonyPlayStationIreland?sk=wall
One can only hope.
Hope it's true. No wait, my ps3 isn't back yet. Wait two more days, personal favor. Thanks.
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#25  Edited By Xero0

SAN DIEGO, May 14, 2011 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that restoration of its game services will begin today. The phased restoration will include the return of nearly all of SOE's portfolio of online games, the reinstatement of SOE's game forums and websites, and added functionality to require players to reset their passwords.

http://www.vgrevolution.com/2011/05/soe-service-coming-back-online-starting-today/

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#26  Edited By Wuddel

Ah good.

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#27  Edited By Vorbis

Great to see GB rolling out important news during the weekends.

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#28  Edited By MOAB

STURDAY!

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#29  Edited By StarvingGamer

PSN motherfuckers!

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#30  Edited By yakov456
@Vorbis said:
Great to see GB rolling out important news during the weekends.
Agreed.
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#31  Edited By cornbredx

I'm cutting the cord on my PS3 so I don't really care anymore. Sorry, Download only developers of games I'd totally buy. Hopefully you aren't PSN exclusive because I aint buying nothing or going online with my PSN, possibly ever again.

I have other consoles and a computer, I think I'm good.

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#32  Edited By MrKlorox

Weird... I just went into the other room to turn on the PS3 so I could download the update, and it was already on. I was certain it was off last night before bed. Did anybody else encounter this?

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#33  Edited By yakov456
@MrKlorox said:

Weird... I just went into the other room to turn on the PS3 so I could download the update, and it was already on. I was certain it was off last night before bed. Did anybody else encounter this?

  
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#34  Edited By JudgeDread
@MrKlorox said:
Weird... I just went into the other room to turn on the PS3 so I could download the update, and it was already on. I was certain it was off last night before bed. Did anybody else encounter this?
if you have PSN + you get automatic downloads of patches
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#35  Edited By MeierTheRed
@CornBREDX said:
I'm cutting the cord on my PS3 so I don't really care anymore. Sorry, Download only developers of games I'd totally buy. Hopefully you aren't PSN exclusive because I aint buying nothing or going online with my PSN, possibly ever again.I have other consoles and a computer, I think I'm good.
Good for you.
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#36  Edited By MrKlorox
@JudgeDread: I don't have Playstation Plus, and the download was not automatic. The system was just on.
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#37  Edited By mars188

Sturday ???

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#38  Edited By Parsnip

I always wonder about the American psn and how long it takes for you guys to download and install ps3 patches.

Took me about 2 minutes to download the patch over here.

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#39  Edited By PrivateIronTFU
@CornBREDX said:
I'm cutting the cord on my PS3 so I don't really care anymore. Sorry, Download only developers of games I'd totally buy. Hopefully you aren't PSN exclusive because I aint buying nothing or going online with my PSN, possibly ever again.I have other consoles and a computer, I think I'm good.
Well whoop-dee-shit.
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#40  Edited By HitmanAgent47

I can't even remember what my psn account is called or anything else. So I just change the password with this patch? I don't have to remember anything else?

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#41  Edited By Phished0ne
@CornBREDX:  Thanks for letting us all know how awesome you are.  Please, dont let the door hit you on the way out.
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#42  Edited By HydraHam

Hmm.. might have to switch my LA noire pre-order to PS3 now, shame the store probably wont be up in time to get that exclusive DLC

:(

and you cant change your ps3 pass yet wtf? said update then change right? 0 option to change

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#43  Edited By HitmanAgent47

Okay, I downloaded the update. But it never promt me to change my password. Then again, maybe the psn service has to be up first before I can change it. I believe I wrote an email that isn't even a real email, typo, so if I have to restore it that way, then that's stupid. I hope what they mean by downloaded content before on that psn account also includes videos and demos. That would enable me to change my password when it's back up here in canada. Does anyone know what's suppose to happen? Psn is still down and I better not lose my ability to use psn because I wrote in the wrong email due to a typo. If that were the case, i'll sell it right now and get a xbox 360 along with a blu ray player.

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#44  Edited By endless_void
@HitmanAgent47 said:
Okay, I downloaded the update. But it never promt me to change my password. Then again, maybe the psn service has to be up first before I can change it. I believe I wrote an email that isn't even a real email, typo, so if I have to restore it that way, then that's stupid. I hope what they mean by downloaded content before on that psn account also includes videos and demos. That would enable me to change my password when it's back up here in canada. Does anyone know what's suppose to happen? Psn is still down and I better not lose my ability to use psn because I wrote in the wrong email due to a typo. If that were the case, i'll sell it right now and get a xbox 360 along with a blu ray player.
yeah i couldnt change my password immediately either. I think we have to wait until the actual psn service is live.
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#45  Edited By Puzzler20

When I try to update my PS3 i get an 87010101 Error. Is that happening with anyone else.

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#46  Edited By cornbredx

haha the responses from people to my comment are pretty funny.

Thanks guys, I'm glad that me not letting PSN steal any more of my info bothers you haha

BTW I didn't say anything offensive, you guys can relax. I'm sure you don't actually care what I think- and really you shouldn't.

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#47  Edited By honeycut1

I was glad the update took less than 45 minutes

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#48  Edited By Xeiphyer
@endless_void said:
@HitmanAgent47 said:
Okay, I downloaded the update. But it never promt me to change my password. Then again, maybe the psn service has to be up first before I can change it. I believe I wrote an email that isn't even a real email, typo, so if I have to restore it that way, then that's stupid. I hope what they mean by downloaded content before on that psn account also includes videos and demos. That would enable me to change my password when it's back up here in canada. Does anyone know what's suppose to happen? Psn is still down and I better not lose my ability to use psn because I wrote in the wrong email due to a typo. If that were the case, i'll sell it right now and get a xbox 360 along with a blu ray player.
yeah i couldnt change my password immediately either. I think we have to wait until the actual psn service is live.
It needs to connect to the servers to change your password (since the data is stored there), the firmware is just the security update, once PSN comes online we will probably get hit with a phat CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD NOW! popup.

So you could technically wait on the firmware, but they released it a bit early so it doesn't congest the servers so hard, think of it like preinstalling, You can't use it until it actually launches, but you are ready to go!
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#49  Edited By pavakah

Sturday night's alright for Kfighting! (I hope.)



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#50  Edited By pot

Damn, took like 10 minutes to update. But oh well, just changed my password. Store isn't up for me yet.

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