Sony have pulled the latest firmware update for the PS3 after reports that it was making some users’ consoles unresponsive.
The update, 4.45, was designed to allow users to turn off the trophy notifications in game as well as some other unspecified modifications. However it seems that some consoles were becoming “bricked” as they would not even load up the XMB or respond to the power button being pressed.
Sony released an official statement saying, “We’re aware of reports that the recent PS3 update (4.45) has caused,”before adding, “we have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating.” However, as MCV noted, if the consoles will not respond then there is the added difficulty of being unable to sign into PSN to download the fix.
This news comes just as Sony are riding on a groundswell of popular support after their showing at E3. It seems unlikely that this will do much PR damage to the company, but it comes at an inconvenient time for them.