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PS3 firmware update 4.45 bricking consoles

Update: Sony has pulled PS3 firmware update 4.45 after it was found to be causing errors in what the platform holder termed a "small number" of consoles. In a statement, Sony said that it’ll inform users once the problems have been rectified and the update is made available again.

Original story: Don't update your PlayStation 3 to 4.45! Dozens of users on PlayStation's official U.S. forums are reporting that the latest patch, which went live earlier today, is leaving their consoles stuck without an XMB interface.

The firmware update is intended to improve system stability and add options for in-game trophy notifications. It may well do that, but the folks who are stuck looking at the system's sparkly wave pattern without anything to interact with aren't deriving much benefit.

Restarting the system and other recovery attempts do not appear to resolve the issue. If you haven't downloaded the update yet, avoid it until Sony gives the all-clear. If you have downloaded it and can't access the XMB, sit tight until we know more.

We've reached out to Sony for comment on the issue and will update with any response.

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35 comments

  • catastraphie619 - June 20, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    My playstation was down and I get called trolling. Pft, Im way too mature to be trolling son. My kids photos were stuck n there as primary due to the fact cause unloike some people I dont have a computrer to store and save data thats why I have a tb ps3. Hey all I can say is my camera gets full sometimes and I save or forward my stuff to my ps3 so I can have more space. But like I said I figured on how to get one of my ps3's to work again.
  • punkamisto - June 19, 2013 6:20 p.m.

    See, this is why I have a strange relation with sony..It´s a love/hate relation, somedays I love it other days I just want to stop buying things from Sony. I hope PS4 can recover the old PS2 days when I just loved my console and I had no problems whatsoever with it. Now the PS3..well let´s just say we had a very complicate relation from the very beginning because Sony insists on messing up with updates and the consoles are just not tough enough like the PS2 was. Here´s hoping PS4 brings SONY to its good old days.
  • DarknessFisT - June 19, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    Oh well
  • winner2 - June 19, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    I was in the middle of updating last night and got impatient, saying "I don't care about trophies" begore i canceled. That's funny.
  • mothbanquet - June 19, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    First-gen 40GB model, outfitted with a 250GB laptop HDD - OOA. No discrimination, it seems. Beware, all!
  • CitizenWolfie - June 19, 2013 8:34 a.m.

    Been hearing a few people say it's mostly PS3s with a 500GB HD and upwards. I've got the 60GB fat PS3 and no problems (touch wood).
  • antiAntag0nist - June 19, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    Well that sucks
  • PatHan-bHai - June 19, 2013 4:55 a.m.

    I guess Xbone fannys will be screaming "BURN!" the whole day.....
  • Redeater - June 19, 2013 3:48 a.m.

    Fine here.
  • Sliet - June 19, 2013 3:11 a.m.

    I haven't been affected, but nevertheless, don't freak out people. They've pulled out the patch meaning 4.41 is the 'latest'. You can download this patch from the PlayStation website at the Support section, save it on a pen drive, plug it onto the PS3 and start it up in safe mode, then select the option to Install from USB. For those who don't know how to start a PS3 in safe mode, all you've gotta do is hold the power button until you hear the third beep and the console's LED goes red (you'll hear a beep every 5 seconds you mantain the power button pressed - first one means system is on, second means the video has been reset and the *third means it's off), then push and hold it once again until the *third beep comes, which will do a double beep this time, let go of the button and the screen will display a message telling you to plug a controller and hit the PS button to continue.
  • taokaka - June 19, 2013 2:15 a.m.

    I was over at a friends house playing his ps3 which he had updated and the problems were rather sporadic. It wasn't totally bricked but it was bloody annoying, we had a game of chess while we waited for the xmb to load.
  • BladedFalcon - June 19, 2013 12:28 a.m.

    Oh dear... Welp, glad I didn't use my PS3 today and thus was spared from downloading this, sounds like I might not have had a problem, but who knows. Anyway, this sucks majorly, and here's hoping Sony doesn't only fix the patch, but that they can restore the damage done. Otherwise, this is yet another blemish on their part regarding their infrastructure that won't at all inspire confidence in those on the fence of getting a PS4 or not. SPECIALLY if you're going to start charging for online play, Sony better get their shit together and ensure botch-ups like this won't happen then, or whatever advantage the E3 conference gave them is going to be really hindered by this. You were doing so well Sony... Don't fuck it up on yourself...
  • Squander - June 19, 2013 4:50 a.m.

    True that. On the other hand Microsoft receives membership fees since the very beginning - allowing them to successfully support the stability of their online infrastructure. Sony did not charge players for years, I give them huge credit for that. Letting players subscribe for online play was a wise decision, taken into account that PS+ offers so much more value than Live Gold. Let's hope they fix it asap and keep the damage as low as possible.
  • BladedFalcon - June 19, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    Well, yeah, I didn't just mean the network itself. I was talking about Sony's way of doing things and how they NEED to be more careful, this isn't the first patch they release that ends up not working as it should. So what I'm saying is taht they need to be far more careful with every step of the service they provide if they don't want to lose the confidence and good will they've garnered recently.
  • richard-gayle - June 19, 2013 12:13 a.m.

    I updated it and its good no problems
  • cAtAsTrApHiE - June 18, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Now I just hope sony could fix this so my ps3 could function again. Their fault. So if they cant fix it they need to resolve this somehow.
  • cAtAsTrApHiE - June 18, 2013 10:34 p.m.

    What a way to market the ps4 sales...I had stored pictures of my kids for years. Poof...all gone with a push of a button. One word....wow. thanks for nothing sony.
  • SpaceCow4 - June 18, 2013 11:10 p.m.

    I had no idea anyone actually used their PS3 as primary storage for stuff like that.

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