Sony has squeezed out another PS3 firmware update this evening. Firmware version 3.55 is now available for your downloading pleasure. This update contains a security patch and presumably nothing more. You’ll get the download prompt the next time you turn on your internet connected PS3.
Sony rarely goes into detail regarding its security patches. My guess is that this new update once again negates the effects the of PS Jailbreak software. In mid-November, PS Jailbreak was updated to be compatible with firmware 3.50. There hasn’t been a PS3 firmware update since then. Also, the PS3 was recently hacked using the X3 Max PS3 dongle. This new exploit enables a user to jailbreak the PS3 without downgrading its firmware.
It’s reasonable to believe Sony has blocked access to these hacks. I fear Sony and hackers will be engaged in a constant cat and mouse game that will result in constant updates for honest PS3 owners. It’s just a matter of time before the PS3 is hacked again and we’ll get another late night firmware update to patch the vulnerability. The worst case scenario has Sony going so far as to lock everyone out of existing features. I don’t want there to come a time where we have to use Sony approved software to transfer photos, music and videos to the PS3.