192w ago - With the release of PS3 Firmware 3.21, many are now planning to hold off updating their PlayStation 3 consoles and use one of the PS3 Proxy applications to bypass the required PS3 Firmware update to connect to PSN.
While most of the applications, guides and videos are quite dated (from 2007-2009), below are links to some to make navigating easier. Special THANKS to ekrboi and themiker for making recent guides as well, also available below.
We will continue to add relevant links as they are dug up, and also links to posts with all new guides that prove useful.
How to Bypass PS3 Firmware 3.21 and Connect to PSN Guides:
Feel free to reply to this thread with which application and guide you found easiest, as they all accomplish essentially the same result.
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just curious if PS3 Proxi v1.1 R3 still works. trying to get onto psn, and i heard reports that none of the proxy programs work anymore, but there isn't anyone on this thread that has said that PS3 Proxi v1.1 R3 is not working. just curious.
Yep, that is actually a sad story for consumer these days. On the outside, it appears that when you buy/bought a product, it is yours. But the truth is, these days, companies are making it that even though you buy/bought their product, you do not own it, they still owns them, they just "lent" or "rent" or "borrow to" you that particular product. Ownership never left their hand.
With each firmware update over the last year or so, Sony always changed something on the PSN side to prevent any kind of firmware update bypass to logon to PSN a few weeks later of the latest firmware release.
I'm guessing, PSN can request what version of firmware the PS3 is trying to logon. If that is true, then DNS or Proxy bypass wouldn't be able to get around it.
Firmware 3.21 is probably has the largest use of the update bypass to logon to PSN and this time, Sony was quick in updating the PSN prevent any older firmware to logon to PSN.
Sony's idea is if you don't want to update to each latest firmware, your PS3 will eventually become incompatible with newer games even you don't play online. That's the power of today's electronics that are required to be updated. The electronics manufacturer can choose to take away any functionality whenever they want. As consumers, we have no control left of electronics functionalities that we originally bought the it for if we want to stay compatible.
And this is going to get worse as more electronics that are designed to be connected to the internet for updates. Just wait until your fancy cell phone gets certain functionality disabled because it's required for a new firmware update. If you don't want to update, you can't use your phone.