How To: Access PlayStation Network (PSN) Without Updating Your Firmware

Just a couple of days back, Sony has released PlayStation 3 firmware 3.56 which blocks all kinds of jailbreak / homebrew available till now. This means that all those who have their PS3 jailbroken on Geohot’s firmware 3.55 or another custom firmware, no longer have PSN access. However, there seems to be a way to bypass this recent firmware update and access PlayStation Network as well as play online games without actually updating to 3.56 firmware. This way, you get to keep the jailbreak as well as have all the PSN fun.


This method is known as the “DNS trick” which is probably going to get patched soon, so enjoy it while you can. As of now, it works perfectly on firmware 3.55. Here is what you need to do:

Step 1:

On your PlayStation 3, go to Settings > Network Settings.

Step 2:

Select Internet Connection Settings and press OK.

Step 3:

Choose Custom option. Then pick your connection method (wireless or wired) and follow onscreen instructions.

Step 4:

Once you reach DNS setting, select Manual and enter the following:



Step 5:

Proceed further and save settings at the end

Step 6:

Now test your connection. It may take time to sign in so be patient. You’ll see Succeeded in front of PlayStation Network during the test. That’s it! Sign-in and access all the PSN functions as well as play your favorite games online.


(*NOTE: It is advised to stay off PSN if you are running a jailbroken firmware 3.55 since Sony can easily detect it and ban you from PSN if they want!)

You can also see our simple tutorial on how to access PlayStation 3 recovery mode here (may be required for custom firmware installation or fixing PS3 errors). Meanwhile, a custom firmware for 3.56 could be on its way soon as its signing keys have been revealed already. Read more about it here.

UPDATE : New Method To Access PSN Online On PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware 3.55 [VIDEO]

DISCLAIMER: The above post is for educational purposes only! ithinkDifferent does not condone piracy or hacking  in any form. It is a violation of the Terms of Service and in some cases be considered illegal.

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