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October 18, 2011 // 1:30 am - Following up on their previous PlayStation 3 System Software update, today Sony has quietly released non-mandatory PS3 Firmware update 3.73 in both full and patch update versions which simply improves system stability.

Download: PS3 System Software Update v3.73 (US - Full) / PS3 System Software Update v3.73 (US - Patch) / PS3 System Software Update v3.73 (EU - Full) / PS3 System Software Update v3.73 (EU - Patch)

While the official PlayStation Blog doesn't make mention of it, their official PlayStation Twitter feed states the following to quote:

"A new, non-mandatory PS3 firmware update, v3.73, is now available. Stability during use of certain PS3 format software has been improved."

From eussNL on the files changes in the PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.73 update:

Download: PS3 3.73 FW Update Files CORE OS Package Content

Files changed:

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Version strings:

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No need to update ps3tools readself & readself2, it is still 0016 for 3.73 (same as 3.70/3.72) which afaik also means no new keys where added...
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From Sony PlayStation 3 hacker Mathieulh via IRC on signing PS3 executables for 3.73+ Firmware:
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As always, more details will be posted below as they are available on the update should any hidden features surface.

PS3 Firmware Update 3.73 is Now Released, Improves Stability

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#15 - DemonoidMaster - October 21, 2011 // 11:44 am
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Well, i can see you're using a old fat console so that could be the problem (idk, don't ask me... anything is possible lol) OR it's the USB device you're using (you didn't show what you were using to update)

Anyways, i used to have a 2GB usb drive that works perfectly with my laptop.. but when i plug it in to x360 it doesn't show up.. reason ? because the lousy quality USB stick is from some obscure company that stopped making that model after awhile..

PS: also, don't ever buy USB sticks that look like this.

#14 - Foo - October 19, 2011 // 8:44 pm
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They did? WTF? I remember updating to 3.65 via USB. >.< This is odd.

Well here's that video.... I have no clue how to add in videos....

Cheers to crappy quality and not Sony...

#13 - DemonoidMaster - October 19, 2011 // 1:42 pm
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Well, they said they deactivated the "update via USB" feature back in 3.XX but i still don't understand...

However, you should still be able to update via USB devices (i'm using my 120GB iPod Classic to update since its HDD to HDD = fast transfer lol)

if you still can't try in the PS3's Safe Mode (press and hold the power button + Eject button *power, then eject.. not both at the same time* and wait for the first beep.. then the 2nd and let go of the buttons... it should boot into this:

now use the System Update option..

#12 - Foo - October 18, 2011 // 8:21 pm
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Hmm... Year with the most software updates on PS3. 2011.

Ok, now I have something serious... I cannot update via USB to 3.73. It let me update via Internet, but not via USB. I've got a video if anyone wants to see..

#11 - chiselfreak - October 18, 2011 // 11:52 am
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improves stability. defo not needed as mine is sitting as steady as a rock on the tv unit. hahaha

#10 - cfwprophet - October 18, 2011 // 9:59 am
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Yea but they only can fix Software related holes. Hardware holes they cant fix. Just try to change the software in hope that it also will make the hardware "In-Door" unusable.

#9 - NTA - October 18, 2011 // 7:15 am
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lol 4071mb / 298GB

wish I had that much space

#8 - Natepig - October 18, 2011 // 6:02 am
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Seeing as its not mandatory that would suggest that its not security related, and as they say for stability.

#7 - Mantagtj - October 18, 2011 // 5:07 am
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Just makes it look like $ony is actually working... when they just doss about all day..."what shall we do today?? they said... lets do another firmware update they said... okay if we make the stars on the intro slightly brighter ...right thats update" PMSL... it doesn't affect me $ony... kiss it !!

#6 - spunkybunny - October 18, 2011 // 3:48 am
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Quote Originally Posted by darkanima9 View Post
improves mean to not play copy games

You cant play copied games with ANY OFW above 3.55 so wtf are you going on about?

Quote Originally Posted by momipopi View Post
i boxed my ps3 until theres another cfw... bought myself a jtagged xbox...

ALL Xbox360's can be jtagged now.