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Sony: PlayStation 3 firmware fix will be ready next week

By Shawn Knight
Jun 22, 2013
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  1. Sony released a firmware update earlier this week for the PlayStation 3 that resulted in a small number of bricked consoles. Update 4.45 added additional trophy functionality to the PS3 as well as system stability features but ultimately caused more...

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  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,294   +547

    Wow, I feel bad for those who now have a 300 dollar paper-weight now because of this.
     
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  3. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,064   +919

    Interesting.
     
  4. Jcanno0759

    Jcanno0759 TS Rookie

    Huh. Still goin with ps4
     
  5. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    I guess this mean free brick repairs for a limited time lol
     
  6. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 739   +31

    Ps3 update bricks ps3, Sony offer fix with weeks. Yawn. And they are sooooo much better than ms etc etc
     
  7. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    Do you expect them to offer a fix instantly or something? I'd rather hear it being acknowledged along with a possible date instead of nothing
     
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  8. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,294   +547

    If the system is bricked, I doubt its fixable (Because normally the definition of bricked means its deceased). Hopefully there is a fix, but its gonna be interesting to say the least.
     
  9. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    I'd have to disagree, in this case at least. I know one or two people who do unbricking services (for a fee of course), and from what I've experienced, firmware bricks are usually the easiest to deal with.
     
  10. SlayerPro

    SlayerPro TS Rookie

    Uhhhhh... yeah. I don't think it's out of the question to expect a fix within 24 hours.
     
  11. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    Wouldn't hurt to wait some days and find something better to waste time on
     
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,262   +1,551

    Actually yes I would, whats wrong about expecting a company to be prepared in case of any mistakes. They should have had a firmware reset on the console. After reset, firmware updates could start over.
     
  13. misor

    misor TS Maniac Posts: 1,025   +154

    ...now they are playing games on their xbox 360s. :)
     
  14. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Enthusiast Posts: 811   +91

    That'll teach sony haha
    I agree, I'm probably just saying that because the ps3 I was using was off during the update so I missed out lol
     
  15. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,294   +547

    I didn't mean impossible to fix, but if the system is stuck in a loop as im reading where it wont do anything (Even Update), then an update from sony does not sound like a fix. But who knows, it didn't happen to me so I would have to see before I made a judgement like that. But when I hear "Bricked" I assume without actual repairs, that things not gonna run.
     
  16. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Maniac Posts: 381   +53

    Technically its only semi-bricked. True you can not boot to the xmb but you can boot into the recovery menu. From there it'll be as simple as loading the new update off of a usb stick.
     
  17. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,294   +547

    Oh so you can boot it up, the way I was reading it, I thought they were saying it was just freezing on start period. So its fixable, thats good to hear.
     
  18. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,352   +808

    So does this mean Sony's going into the construction business as brick layers with a special patented brick?
     
  19. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Enthusiast Posts: 365   +58

    Not true, there are things that can get bricked and still be fixed, routers for instance. Being bricked makes it harder to fix but not impossible.
     
  20. PC nerd

    PC nerd TS Booster Posts: 327   +38

    Why wouldn't you check the update before releasing it?

    Sony already look stupid after the hacking fiasco.
     
  21. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,526   +324

    Meh, how many people did it actually affect? I have several friends with ps3's and all of them bar one got the update and none of them had an issue? Likewise. I didn't hear any complaining on Facebook so it can't be that wide spread? I did see a load of Spanish people complaining on twitter, I wonder if it affected certain machines by region?
     
  22. PSN+ user, got the update, did not install, because I like to check what sony are uselessly adding or unfortunately removing from my ps3.

    I want my Other O/S back. Not to use it, just to have it.

    And to the fella being sarky about their being so much better than MS...

    MS made a console with an X clamp, that when hot broke machines. And what did they do with the X clamp in newer models, left it in.... and it does.... nothing, it literally did nothing other than break machines.

    This update only apparently messed with people using HDD's with 750gb or 1tb that they had installed themselves, and yes unfortunate, but one of them things and fixable. Although I would hate to lose the 600gb of free sony games I have obtained.
     
  23. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,476   +624

    Heh, hopefully you guys got this story idea from my thread. :)


    I have some things to clarify:
    - This update apparently only affected those with custom HDDs, usually 500GB or higher.
    - PS+ only auto-downloads firmware, not installs.
    - In tech lingo, the current state of the broken PS3's is 'soft-bricked'. It's just the firmware not loading/working properly. There's actually a safe-mode on the PS3 to allow the fix to be patched. Hard-bricking is where critical firmware data is corrupt and the device is not recoverable by any means.
     
  24. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 739   +31

    To the fella commenting on the x-clamp, in 1994 I had to turn my original Sony playstation through 360 degrees in the end to get games to load once the plastic disc arm warped. And how many bluray lasers have died on the original ps3 :) swings and roundabouts.

    I think if Sony can pull the update for users and still let those users log in, they should have released the previous working firmware in a format you can restore using the USB safe mode. That should be a standard rollback option and for Sony not to have that option in place and offer a fix in weeks instead, that's a bit crap. It's not like this is the first bad firmware update they have sent out. Also an interesting retort for anyone saying its great that Sony let you upgrade with any size hard drive when they manage to do something like this to make the benefit temporarily take your console out.
     


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