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November 28, 2010 // 9:46 pm - Previously PS JailBreak users were warned not to update to PS3 Firmware 3.42 as it patches the PS3 JailBreak exploit, and today theruler and others on PSX-Scene (linked above) report that PS3 Firmware 3.42 consoles are now hitting retailers which have removed the exploit currently used for PlayStation 3 JailBreaking.

To quote: Several members of this forum and others have been reporting buying brand new PS3 Systems that come with 3.42FW. Systems above 3.41 cannot be jailbroken.

While not all systems in stores are 3.42FW and people have still reported buying 3.40FW systems, the increased reports of 3.42FW systems can only be a sign of things to come with Sony attempting to combat the jailbreak on all fronts, and signals an incoming scarcity of consoles with 3.41 or below.

If you or someone you know buys a system that comes with 3.42 please post as much information as possible in this thread. (Including box description, barcode, other codes, SKU, etc. Pics plz!)

Just got a ps3 160gb from the zellers moonlight madness and it came with 3.42

you can tell the new 3.42 firmware from the older 160 gb because the back of the box has a playstation move ad and the front has a netflix streaming ad on the front. the sku upc is 711719841807 CECH-2501A

Hope this helps. Went ahead and took my chances on the holiday bundle currently in stores (includes Infamous and NHL 11). System firmware is 3.50 so it looks like I'll be taking it back and hunting for a used model.

buster1395: I have ordered 4 brand new 160 gig slim ps3 systems from All came with 3.40 on them until now. I recieved this system Friday and just opened it up to mod it. To my surprise 3.42 was already installed on it. Does anyone know of a series of sn or bar codes to avoid? Guess I will have to go in the store from now on instead of getting free shipping and no tax from newegg.

Illumination: A friend of mine bought the limited edition blue one that came with GT5 from Hong Kong within the past week, and it came with 3.42.

Primulas: I can also confirm this. We decided to check real fast. the model is the same as listed above... Last four digits of sku are different though. Netflix on one side, move ad on other. 160gb comes with uncharted 2 and pixel junk shooter. Was purchased from Wally world on black Friday.

3.42... mega bummer. Now to decide either to try and return it and find as good a deal/buy a PS Jailbreak/ or Just wait and hope that an open downgrader comes out before too long.

msmorphius: i bought brand new ps3 from toys r us 20 nov and it came with 3.42 i guessin there no hack for this yet is that right?

johnster12: i bought one from currys with 3.42 two weeks ago. just look to see if it mentions 3d on the box or psmove steer clear.

Busta305: Well I bought the 160GB black friday bundle from amazon and it came with 3.42. PlayStation 3 160 GB Black Friday Bundle w/ Uncharted 2, Pixel Junk Shooter, Karate Kid Blu-Ray, and $25 Video Game Credit: Video Games

ps3warrior: Brand new 320gb bought today from toys r us - uk and has 3.42 installed. Now about to order the JB downgrade dongle. I can confirm that the PS3 bought this morning was totally sealed and unopened yet still is 3.42fw.

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#21 - BwE - November 30, 2010 // 6:55 am
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Quote Originally Posted by elser1 View Post
you can try harvey norman at oxley in australia..

they have some 3.40 left..

lol aussieee!

anyways, cash converters (pawn brokers) have cheap slims for like $300 - they all have 3.41 etc

#20 - radialman - November 29, 2010 // 9:19 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by luffy28 View Post
What about the downgrade ? I have a 3.50 ps3 and if I buy a new one would I still be able to downgrade my ps3 to 3.41 ?

yes and the downgrader for all PSJB owners is now out!

#19 - luffy28 - November 29, 2010 // 8:58 pm
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What about the downgrade ? I have a 3.50 ps3 and if I buy a new one would I still be able to downgrade my ps3 to 3.41 ?

#18 - clouduzz - November 29, 2010 // 6:13 pm
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well that sucks, hopefully my bro will still find one. Luckily I already took precautions, I had a fat I normally use, but went out and got the Move bundle as a "spare", so no worries if something happens to the trusty old fat. What Sony needs to do it let you freakin swap hard drives if one breaks on you. Good thing there is the downgrading option for those firmware higher.

#17 - Warrorar - November 29, 2010 // 5:47 pm
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i think it will only stop the wave of jailbreak users for an little mmount of time.

there are to many people who owns a jailbroken ps3 and are able to increase there knowledge about the ps3, there system, and how to jailbreak them, even on 3.50 and above.

and for me, i'm pretty sure, the fight is over when someone like dark alex will release the first full functional custom firmware with backuploader and so on. and at this time, nobody will care if the system will come with 3.50, 4.80 or 10.40. because then its easy to rebuild the customfirmware that it tricks the system "hey, you are 3.50, i'm newer then you because i am 4.80, let me install my crap an you!". at this point, sony lost the fight and we can live in peace


#16 - elser1 - November 29, 2010 // 5:09 pm
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you can try harvey norman at oxley in australia..

they have some 3.40 left..

#15 - vnguyen972 - November 29, 2010 // 4:53 pm
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a friend just bought a new slim 160GB at Target and it has 3.41 on it. It looks like the last one they had though, talk about being lucky! lol

#14 - pip1 - November 29, 2010 // 3:07 pm
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I have one on order to do the same thing, I hope ther is no public downgrader til the new year honestly, psjailbreak did it twice so I don't mind paying them 100 as long as I can make it back. they do deserve somthing for thier work, just because they can hack doesn't mean they should do it for free but I do own a teensy++ also because millions is to much in my opinion.

#13 - 51N15T3R - November 29, 2010 // 3:01 pm
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Getting a 160GB Slim is chancing 3.41 or lower. If you can find brand new 120GB Slim PS3s you will pretty much be guaranteed 3.41 or lower. I thought a free downgrade solution would be out by now. I can't believe no one has provided the key needed to complete the free downgrader yet. I guess I'm just going to pick up a PS Downgrade since it dropped in price and now supports free unlimited downgrades. Heck I could even offer a service to others on higher firmware to downgrade that don't have a PS Downgrader.

#12 - oVERSoLDiER - November 29, 2010 // 1:54 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by pepperor View Post
If sony made the new consoles non-downgradable like PSP-3000, then you're SOL.

I just care of console I have, so I'm happy I can downgrade my PS3 with 3.50 with tons of rare games from PSN store, which you can't find anywhere. I.e. Death Track: Resurrection or Gundemonium Recollection.