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System Software Update 4.86

An update to the PlayStation 3 system software was released on 31/03/20. In order to download PS3 system software version 4.86, you will need a minimum 200MB of free space on either the PS3 Hard Disk Drive (System Update) or on removable storage media (PC Update).

Main features in system software update version 4.86:

  • This system software update improves the quality of the system performance.


  • Depending on the software title, you may not be able to play without first updating the PS3 system software.
  • Do not perform updates using any data other than the official update data provided by Sony Interactive Entertainment over a network or on disc media, and do not perform updates by methods other than those described in the product documentation or in this site. If an update is performed using data from another source, by another method, or with a PS3 system that has been altered or modified in any way, the PS3 system may not operate properly and may not be able to install the official update data. Any of these actions may void the PS3 system warranty and affect your ability to obtain warranty services and repair services from Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Your options

How to update

You can update the system software of the PS3 system by any of the methods described below.

  • Update using the Internet

    Download the update data directly to the system from the Internet. The latest update is automatically downloaded.

    • Select [Settings] > [System Update].
    • Select [Update via Internet]. Download the latest update data from the Internet. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the operation.
  • Update using a disc

    Use an update file contained on a game disc to update the system.

    The following things are needed to perform the update:

    • PS3 system
    • A disc that contains an update file

    When you play a disc that contains a later version of the system software, a screen is displayed to guide you through the update process. Follow the screens to perform the update.

  • Update using a computer

    This update method can be used if your PS3 system is not connected to the Internet. Download the update file to your computer, and then save it on a USB storage device. Copy the saved file to the system storage of your PS3 system to update the system.

    For the standard update procedure, follow the steps below. 

    The following things are needed to perform the update:

    • PS3 system
    • Computer connected to the Internet
    • USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive

        * There must be approximately 320MB of free space.

    1. On the USB storage device, create folders for saving the update file.

    Using a computer, create a folder named "PS3". Inside that folder, create another folder named "UPDATE".

    2. Download the update file, and save it in the "UPDATE" folder you created in step 1.

    Save the file with the file name "PS3UPDAT.PUP".

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    3. Connect the USB storage device that the update file is saved on to your PS3 system, and then from the function screen, select (Settings) > [System Software Update].

    Follow the screens to complete the update.

    If your PS3 system does not recognise the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name in single-byte characters using uppercase letters.