Sony Firmware Update Bricking Some PS3s
Sony’s latest firmware update for the PS3 has been causing problems for some, including reports from those who have been locked out of their system, or can’t get it to reboot entirely. Update 4.45 was released with trophy notification options and to improve system stability, but unfortunately, it seems to have rather somewhat do the opposite for the latter. While there are users who have reported the update not bricking their own consoles, the issue has been widespread enough that warnings went out across the internet to avoid the update. The official complaint thread for it on Sony’s official forums is already up to 183 pages in just over 24 hours.
Sony has responded to these problems by taking the update offline. On the official European Twitter account, they say that they have taken it down, and are investigating the problem, with intents to make the update available as soon as possible. According to their official statement released through Joystiq, “We are aware of reports that the recent PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has caused the XMB to not display on a small number of PS3 systems. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating the cause of the problem. We will announce when the system update is available for download as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience.”
Some users have said they couldn’t boot their systems after the update, while others say that restoring system files didn’t resolve the issue. There has also been no clear indication of which PS3s might be affected. Unfortunately, until it’s better understood, it might be best for those with bricked consoles to leave their system alone, as no solutions have been discovered by any of the users, and Sony has not issued any statements regarding how this could yet be resolved. More information will be posted regarding the issue as it’s released from Sony.