Sony Updates PlayStation 3 Firmware, A 'Critical Step' In Bringing PlayStation Network Back Online

Sony's PlayStation Network is still down—this is day 25—but there's a bit of good news for PlayStation 3 owners today. Sony has released new firmware for the PS3 (version 3.61) that lets users update their PlayStation Network passwords.

In fact, you're required to update your PlayStation Network password with the arrival of firmware 3.61, a mandatory update, VP of Sony Network Entertainment Eric Lempel writes on the company's PlayStation.blog. "If using a PS3, your password can only be changed on your own PS3 (or a PS3 on which your PSN account was activated), as an added layer of security," Lempel writes.

"If you have never downloaded any content using your account on the system, an email will be sent to the registered sign-in ID (email address) associated with your account when you first attempt to sign-in to PSN," Lempel's post reads. "This e-mail will contain a link that will enable you to change your password."

Sony "strongly recommend[s]" that PS3 owners update now to "prepare for when PlayStation Network is back online."

Sony Updates PlayStation 3 Firmware, A 'Critical Step' In Bringing PlayStation Network Back Online

PS3 System Software Update [PlayStation.blog]