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PS3 firmware update 4.40 hits all territories, adds NFC reader support

Thursday, 21st March 2013 10:33 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony has released a new firmware update for all territories that lets the console communicate with the company’s RC-S380 NFC-powered reader device.

First seen on PS Blog Japan, the post has details on the update here, and you can see that it allows functionality between PS3 and the S380 device.

The S380′s product page can be found here. It’s a USB NFC device that reads contact-less IC cards. It’s been out in Japan, Europe and America since last year.

Beyond that there is little information on how the device can be used with PS3.

It could have something to do with an NFC patent filed by Sony last year. The patent sparked rumours that PS4 would block the use of second-hand games by tagging them using NFC technology. Check it out here.

What do you think?

Thanks GamingEverything.

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  1. Coheno

    This has hit Europe as well. I’m updating mine as I write this.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 thanks for the update :)

    #2 1 year ago
  3. aseddon130

    Yeah i can also confirm the update hit my PS3 this morning.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Dragon246

    Maybe for supporting NFC based games natively?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. danhese

    Hi Dave

    1. NFC was enabled on Japan PS3s in 2007 on firmware 1.50
    2. It is used for credit card payments on PSN
    3. This firmware is adding support for the newer model of the NFC reader

    Thanks

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Shiroi Hane

    See also: http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/settings/edyviewer.html

    #6 1 year ago