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PlayStation Vita and PS3 system update add new security measures

Sony has today launched new system updates for the aging PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, apparently in an attempt to improve their security.

Two-factor authentication is now required when you sign in, and certain account features have been disabled (thanks, PushSquare).

It is now no longer possible to create a new PlayStation account on e.g. any of the consoles, instead of leaving this to Sony’s more secure website accessible via PC or mobile.

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With these updates installed, the PS3 now sits on firmware version 4.89, while the Vita will sit on version 3.74.

Last year, Sony was forced into an embarrassing turnaround when fans erupted in anger over news that would close the PS3 and Vita stores. Sony subsequently said it would keep both consoles’ digital storefronts operational – even if the PSP was killed forever.

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