PS3 firmware 3.73 now available

Miss seeing the soothing PS3 firmware installation screen? You're in luck. Sony has released yet another incremental update.


It's been nearly one month since the release of a PS3 firmware update. If you miss seeing the soothing firmware installation screen, you're in luck. Sony has released yet another incremental update. But for once, it's not mandatory.

What the update provides is, once again, incredibly vague. "Stability during use of certain PS3 format software has been improved," the patch notes. That's the same line Sony's been using for most of its incremental updates.

The last major update was 3.70, released in August, which added the Automatic Update feature.

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    October 18, 2011 7:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, PS3 firmware 3.73 now available.

    Miss seeing the soothing PS3 firmware installation screen? You're in luck. Sony has released yet another incremental update.

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      October 18, 2011 7:42 AM

      great, more nags and an hour long update next time i turn my ps3 on. i just updated it a month ago :(

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        October 18, 2011 7:45 AM

        sarcastic, but not far from the truth.

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          October 18, 2011 8:38 AM

          i stretched the truth. probably take 30 mins

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        October 18, 2011 7:55 AM

        Except that the article says it isn't a mandatory update.

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          October 18, 2011 8:06 AM

          Which makes no sense. Why allow fragmentation like that? Seems like it would create a more complicated update path on the next major release.

      • gmd
        October 18, 2011 8:08 AM

        it took about 5 minutes last night when I updated

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          October 18, 2011 8:12 AM


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        October 18, 2011 8:10 AM

        Just turn it on, start the update, and do something else. It's not like it requires your immediate attention

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          October 18, 2011 8:13 AM

          I never realize I need it until I go to watch Netflix and then I have to sit through that shit forever because Chinese kid figured out how to watch you pee through your PS3 webcam or something.

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            October 18, 2011 8:14 AM

            Yeah, never fails that a system update is required every time I attempt to watch Netflix.

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            October 18, 2011 8:20 AM

            It is annoying when you just want to sit down and start playing/watching immediately. I've gotten into the habit of updating my PS3 whenever I see these news updates. It should be automated to begin with, though

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              October 18, 2011 9:48 AM

              it really does piss me off that automatic updates are only available to plus members. automatic updating should not be something you have to pay for, thats fucking stupid and arrogant and greedy. the godamn Wii does automatic updating for free, my godamn printer automatically updates the firmware for free, yet my CELL BROADBAND POWEREDTM MULTIMEDIA MACHINE requires 10 bucks a month and took like 3 years to even get to that point? come on Sony.

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                October 18, 2011 1:32 PM

                I don't like Microsoft as much as the next guy but I gotta give it to them, they're on top of their game when it comes to consoles. Have you tried browsing PSN store? What a clusterfuck. Looks like a high schooler should be able to come up with a better design. I can never find shit there, and browsing is a pain in the ass. The UI when you just launch your console is terrible too.

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                  October 18, 2011 3:31 PM

                  At the same time, I do like how XMB is lightweight, starts up quickly, and has a logical menu layout for getting stuff done. The menu is a little cryptic, but once you learn it, you can move almost immediately to whatever setting you want to change. I use my PS3 offline all the time (except for manually triggering game updates), so I haven't seen the PlayStation Store. If Sony could get a lot better at the firmware / game updating process, that would be awesome.

                  I haven't seen an XBox Dashboard screen, but Microsoft has done a major overhaul to the Dashboard at least twice (NXE in 2008, Kinect stuff in 2010), and from what I've heard, they've changed around the menu UI elements a bunch of times, sometimes making things more difficult than the previous release.

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            October 18, 2011 8:39 AM


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          October 18, 2011 3:32 PM

          I think I played Rage when I had to update the PS3 to 3.72 for the GT5 update. It's nice having the gaming PC and the TV at the same desk.

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      October 18, 2011 8:27 AM

      Playstation plus will have this sorted by the time im home awesome!

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        October 18, 2011 8:30 AM

        Horray paying for something that should have been included in the first place!
        "We know we suck with our terrible update flow, but if you give us more money, we will make somewhat less annoying!"

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          October 18, 2011 10:17 AM

          Mmmmm no updates FTW, you can go get angry over there whilst I play through my newly aquired resident evil collection FOR FREE! Sucka...

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        October 18, 2011 8:40 AM

        i'm not paying for the convenience for their shitty firmware update system.

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          October 18, 2011 10:37 AM

          And you hate free games too?

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            October 18, 2011 4:44 PM

            They're not free if you're paying for a subscription to have access to them

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      October 18, 2011 8:47 AM

      I just noticed for the first time the other day that the default XMB has sparkles to go with the sweeping aurora . What year did they add that?

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        October 18, 2011 8:54 AM

        I think when they introduced the PS3 Slim.