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Support: System Software Updates

PlayStation®3 System Software Version 3.21


Install Other OS / Default System

The [Install Other OS] and [Default System] features have been deleted. If you update your system software to version 3.21 or later, you will not be able to use [Install Other OS] or [Default System] under Settings (Settings) > System Settings (System Settings).

Notice for customers who are using another operating system

Before performing the system software update, follow the steps below:

Back up data from the other operating system

If you install the system software update, you will not be able to use the hard disk partitions used by the other operating system. The data saved in these partitions cannot be restored after the system software has been updated. Back up all data to storage media before updating the system software.

Using the hard disk partition for the PS3™ system software

If you want to allocate all of the hard disk for use by the PS3™ system software, you must format the hard disk. In this case, follow the steps below:

  1. Back up data
    Back up the necessary data by selecting Settings (Settings) > System Settings (System Settings) > [Backup Utility]. For details about the backup utility feature, select here .
  2. Format the hard disk
    Format the hard disk by selecting Settings (Settings) > System Settings (System Settings) > [Format Utility]. During the format operation, you will be asked to select a hard disk partition. Select [Use All for the PS3™ System].
    For details about the format utility feature, select here .
  3. Update the system software
    Perform the system software update.
  4. Restore the data
    Restore the data that was backed up in step 1 by selecting Settings (Settings) > System Settings (System Settings) > [Backup Utility].

Notice for customers who want to continue using another operating system

Do not update the system software if you want to keep using the [Install Other OS] and [Default System] features. If you choose to continue using another operating system, the following features will no longer be available:

  • The ability to sign in to PlayStation®Network
  • The ability to use online features that require you to sign in to PlayStation®Network, such as chat.
  • The ability to use the online features of PlayStation®3 format software
  • Playback of PlayStation®3 format software or Blu-ray Disc videos that require PS3™ system software version 3.21 or later
  • Playback of copyright-protected videos that are stored on a media server (when DTCP-IP is enabled under Settings (Settings) > System Settings (System Settings) > [Enable DTCP-IP])
  • Use of new features and improvements that are available on PS3™ system software 3.21 or later