PS3 mandatory firmware update 3.61 available for downlaod (Updated)

Sony just a few hours ago on its official US PS Blog announced that the mandatory PS3 firmware update v3.61 is now available for download in all region. The news was confirmed by Eric Lempel VP, Sony Network Entertainment.

The new mandatory firmware update will require all Playstation Network subscriber to change their password once PSN is restored.

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Check out what Sony wrote on US PS Blog:

We have been working on a new PS3 system software update that requires all PSN users to change their password once PlayStation Network is restored. The update (v3.61) is mandatory and is available now.

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. 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. This e-mail will contain a link that will enable you to change your password. In this email, click on the link and follow the instructions to change your password. Once you have changed your password you can sign-in to your account using your new password.

We strongly recommend that all PSN account holders with PS3s update their systems to prepare for when PlayStation Network is back online. The release of this update is a critical step as we work to make PlayStation Network significantly more secure. Thank you for your continued support and patience.

UPDATE:

How to change PSN password:

So you have downloaded and installed the mandatory PS3 firmware update 3.61 which required all PSN subscriber to change their passwords, but you are unaware of how to do it, then check out below steps which tells you how to change your PSN password after installing firmware update 3.61.

Step 1:

  • First of all you need to sign in with your SIGN IN ID i.e Email Address and Password of your PSN account.

Step 2:

  • After successfully signing in, a message will appear which will ask you to change your password, Click OK.

Step 3:

  • A screen for a entering a new password will be displayed, all you need to do is follow the on-screen instructions. Once done with changing your password, you will be able to sign in to PSN.

NOTE:

Now Many PS3 owners may encounter number of issues which changing their password. Check out below details of these issues and solution for the same.

Screen for entering the new password is not displayed at all, this implies that your PS3 was never got activated on PSN using your account. PS3 owners facing this issue will receive an email from Sony on their registered email address. This email will take PS3 owners to a website to change their password.

UPDATE 1:

A Clarification Notice to all PSN subscriber from Sony:

PSN subscriber can download the firmware update 3.61 now but you
will be able to change your password when PSN is restored in your
country.