Thursday, July 3rd 2008

Sony Scraps 2.40 Playstation 3 Firmware Update

In what can dubbed as a fiasco, the much anticipated 2.40 firmware update for the Playstation 3 (PS3) gaming console which was released the other day, has been scrapped owing to several units facing acute problems with the new firmware. The new firmware had brought in new features such as an in-game XMB access and a trophy support along with enhanced gamer profile system.

Shortly after the update went online, several users began reporting problems with the update. A thread at the official Playstation 3 forums is currently over 60-pages and is filled with a number of ranting PS3 owners. reports that the new firmware causes controller malfunctions, and sometimes corrupts the system completely. One of the solutions included that the user could remove and format the hard-drive and reinsert it, the system will prompt the user to format it following which the system will return to normalcy. Of course, you lose all previous firmware update along with all your saved games and user profiles. If you are a victim of this, please visit this site for possible solutions.

Sony has come up with a statement saying "In order to further assess the issue, we have temporarily taken the firmware offline for further testing. We are working diligently to isolate the problem for those few consumers and to identify a solution before we put the firmware back up".With inputs from Kokatu,
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30 Comments on Sony Scraps 2.40 Playstation 3 Firmware Update

Easy Rhino said:
really you are supposed to do that :confused: never did it before. no problems so far.
I had a firmware problem in the past and since then they recommened I always restore defaults after a firmware update. No problems since then. Maybe I'm just lucky.
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Cold Storm
btarunr said:
Altough I've never updated a PS3 firmware, isn't it somewhat general that the update application does a checksum verification (integrity check) of the fresh firmware binaries before it performs the update?
From what I know its just like any other firmware update.

1. From the XMB™ home menu, select Settings icon (Settings) > System Update icon (System Update) , and then press the X button icon button.

2. Select [Update via Internet], and then press the X button icon button.
The system automatically searches for and finds the latest version of the update data.

3. Download the update data.
If a new version of the system software is found, an update is necessary. Press the X button icon button to start downloading the update data. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform the update.

4. Confirm that the update was successful.
After the update has been completed, go to Settings icon (Settings) > System Settings icon (System Settings) > [System Information]. If the [System Software] field displays the version number of the update, the update was successful.

There is a website that states that if you did get that problem, then you should go and update your firmware via the computer. You don't have to do that Clean restall of your PS3... Just download the Firmware from and then burn the cd with what they say to do... IT beats the $150 repair fee that they are charging on THEIR goof!
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I'm the only one
If sony are replacing bricked units with new ones,do it,if it bricks you get a nice new one to replace your year old shagged unit.
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I wonder how long until they re-release it. It will probably be FW 2.41 or something.
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Wile E
Power User
tigger69 said:
If sony are replacing bricked units with new ones,do it,if it bricks you get a nice new one to replace your year old shagged unit.
Mine is irreplaceable. It's one of the ones that still has the Emotion Engine in it. I don't want a newer one.
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