PS3 Hybrid Firmware (HFW) 4.86

by Shaaz (Admin)

PS3 Hybrid Firmware (HFW) 4.86.1 has been released and ready to download install on all PS3 console models. PS3 HFW 4.86 is a modified firmware that can be install over any OFW in PS3 FAT, Slim and Superslim consoles. Sony has released Offical Firmware (OFW) 4.86 on March 31, 2020. You can directly install HFW 4.86 on your PS3 console (Not CFW) via USB without any hardware modification & patches.

Keep in mind that you no need to update your firmware via internet you can directly install or overwrite it on 4.86. Once you install PS3 Hybrid Firmware 4.86 on your PS3 console then you can simply apply PS3 Jailbreak 4.86 on any PS3 console such as FAT, Slim, and Superslim.

How to install 4.86.1 Hybrid Firmware on PS3 Console?

  • Extract PS3 hybrid firmware 4.86.1 on your computer desktop or any specific folder.
  • Plug your branded and trusted USB drive on your PC.
  • Format your USB drive with FAT32 (SD card formatter tool is recommended)
  • Create a root folder on your USB drive PS3>UDPATE
  • Rename HFW 4.86.1 PS3UPDAT.PUP file to PS3UPDAT.PUP
  • Copy your hybrid firmware and paste it into UPDATE folder.
  • Remove your USB drive safely from your PC.
  • Plug your USB drive on your PS3 second port which is close to Blu-ray drive.
  • Go to setting tab and select updates.
  • Choose update via storage media.
  • Follow the screen introduction and you are done


Should I update?

If you have already updated the firmware of your console then you can override the hybrid firmware.

I’ve already updated my console’s firmware, So what will be the benefit of overwriting the hybrid firmware?

As I have mentioned in my previous article (PS3 Hybrid Firmware 4.85) there will be nothing to gain from that. But the jailbreak, downgrade, patch, and PS3Xploit activity has begun on this firmware. So if you update now then you can apply jailbreak on your updated consoles.

Is there a way to do Downgrade PS3 from 4.86 to 4.85 or 4.84?

If you have been using PS3 from a long time, then you’ll know that till date there is no way you can downgrade your PS3 firmware (OFW) via USB. There is a hardware modification for downgrade which only supports the selected models and require FW Which currently has no confirmation on 4.86 and it will not work at all on a super slim console. If you want to know on which PS3 supports the downgrade process, then you can see the PS3 jailbreak compatibility list.

Can I play online PS3 games after overwriting Hybrid firmware 4.86.1?

PS3 online games can also be played on 4.85 firmware with the help of PS3 proxy server. Hybrid firmware which is 4.86.1 and PSN requires the latest firmware to login. So yes you can play online games on PS3 Hybrid Firmware 4.86.1.

Note: This release only brings back the vulnerability from 4.82, Tools, Homebrew, Payloads needs to be updated fully to support 4.85.


  • Any Model of PS3 Console
  • A USB or External Hard Drive
  • Hybrid Firmware
  • Computer or Laptop

Conclusion – I think this information must have been very important for you. If apart from this, you have a question regarding this article. Then you can leave a comment in the comment section. Like my Facebook page and subscribe to my YouTube channel and stay connected with me.

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shakespearespalace April 11, 2020 - 4:46 pm

What is the password for the hybrid firmware

Shaaz (Admin) April 11, 2020 - 7:04 pm

Password is Smart Game Tech

xbabaran July 31, 2020 - 8:03 am

is there other way to download the hybrid firmware, the link is blocked on my country due to some issues.
Thank you

cringyusername69 October 17, 2021 - 10:07 pm

I tried using this, however my PS3 was unable to detect update software. Is there something I’m doing wrong?
PS3 Version: Fat
PS3 Model Number: CECHE01
Software Version: 4.86

Shaaz (Admin) October 18, 2021 - 1:17 pm

Make sure your USB formatted FAT32 and supported for your PS3, if not try to change your USB drive and rename the Update file with PS3UPDAT

cringyusername69 October 19, 2021 - 12:42 am

I named everything correctly and the USB worked for a minimum update checker that came from a different method, but nothing else worked, including official update files.
I will try with a different USB though and update from there.

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