PlayStation 3: Sony releases Firmware 4.86 for their 13 year old console – HFW 4.86 released, SEN Enabler updated & PS3HEN to be updated soon due to no kernel changes!
It’s pretty amazing how Sony is still releasing firmware updates for the PlayStation 3 despite the console being over 13 years old. However, as more time goes on, the reasons behind the firmware updates are becoming less clear and that is surely the case with Firmware 4.86 which was released a few hours ago!
Sony releases Firmware 4.86 for the PlayStation 3
Earlier today, Sony decided to release Firmware 4.86 for the PlayStation 3 despite the console getting long in the tooth and already being a teenager.
Following the trend with the 4.8x updates, Firmware 4.86 doesn’t seem to bring about anything new from a user point-of-view as the change log only states “This system software update improves the quality of the system performance” which effectively means nothing bar from bug fixes and perhaps security improvements.
From a user point of view, you’ll have to spoof your firmware version if you want to access PSN on an older firmware version but in this regard, Evilnat’s SEN Enabler 6.2.5 for CFW-capable consoles was released under an hour ago with support for spoofing this newly-released firmware. PS3HEN users may spoof their firmware version through webMAN MOD as community members have reported it to still work with the FW 4.86 update.
Joonie states there’s no change in the kernel and releases HFW 4.86.1
From a hacking point of view, Firmware 4.86 doesn’t seem to affect much since the kernel wasn’t changed at all.
This, in turn, prompted Joonie to state that an update to PS3HEN should be expected soon so that you could hack your noCFW (min FW of 3.60+) PlayStation 3 console. Furthermore, Joonie has released HFW 4.86.1 which is exactly the same as OFW 4.86 but with a modification to the web browser making it vulnerable to exploits employed to hack your console. This means that all PlayStation 3 consoles are still hackable as the current firmware is still vulnerable to current exploits!
However, if you can get by with spoofing your firmware version and staying on an older firmware, you should probably do so for now as some homebrew utilities may not function correctly as offsets might need to be updated. Updates to popular homebrew utilities and CFWs may not take long similar to what happened when Firmware 4.85 was released last August.
You may access the software mentioned in this article directly from the links below and if you want to read more about PlayStation 3 hacking, you may be interested in bguerville’s PlayStation 3 Toolset which is an exploitation framework that makes use of a brand new exploit! In other Sony scenes, vitaQuake 4.1 was released with major performance improvements, 3D support and more.
SEN Enabler 6.2.5 (FW spoofing for CFW Users): https://www.psx-place.com/threads/sen-enabler-tutorial-latest-releases.147/page-19#post-233204