The latest PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has been pulled by Sony after many users started reported that it was causing their consoles to ‘brick’. This means that the console is no longer functioning. Some of those who downloaded the initial update reported that the PS3 was now locking up at the boot screen and they couldn’t do anything to fix it including formatting the hard drive.
Sony will inform PlayStation 3 users when the update is available again that was originally intended to allow users to switch trophy notifications off via the System Settings menu and improve general performance. It should be noted that the 4.45 update did not affect all PS3 users but it is still a major concern for Sony and hopefully they can sort it out.
A selection of comments from users on the official US PlayStation forum describing some of the problems encountered, are below:
“After it display the PS3 logo, it went to the second screen (the flowing ribbon). It (is) supposed to display XB next. but it never goes there. Just the flowing ribbon”
“It bricked 2 of my consoles and I tried to go into safe mode and do a system restore and that fails telling me all data on the system needs to be deleted”
“I brought up the “Safe Mode” and tried to restart and nothing. Now all I have is a black screen and can only see the screen by bringing up ‘Safe Mode'”