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Firmwares identified –
Tried to look for a list of manufacturing dates for different firmwares but could not find a good one.
Is there a way to figure out what firmware console has on the store shelf? Wikipedia states that fw3.41 was released July 26, 2010. So itīs fairly safe to say that consoles after that have fw3.41 in them. First update for 2010 was 3.21 on April 2, 2010. So if I buy a console manufactured during 2010, it is going to be between 3.15 and 3.41?
And anything below 3.41 can be updated (with proper update of course) via usb thumb drive.
I do understand that fw3.42 will likely not be found for couple of weeks.
I bought a 160 GB PS3 off the shelf of a major chain retailer about half a week ago. It came with 3.40. Pretty sure that's the most recent version you'll find on any current shelf model.
Hope that helps.
In the PSP days there was and maybe still is, a way to identify firmware version from the box. There would be a letter underneath the barcode and that corresponded to a firmware version.
Sony may have left out this identifier for the PS3 though, to make it less easy for us hackers to do our business ;P
Right now is the BEST time to buy. Slowly slowly though patched firmwared PS3s will begin filling up store shelves. However in that case buying used and testing it should be enough to determine the firmware.