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Sony removes V4.45 update for PlayStation 3

A report pointed out a 74-page (and counting) forum thread in Sony PlayStation 4’s forum where end users are complaining about Sony PS3’s latest firmware update v4.45 is bricking people’s consoles.

According to a post made by one of the users, a Senior Sony moderator in EU forums said that they are investigating these report so n a priority basis. Though this is not confirmed, it seems that the people who have been reporting these issues are the ones who have upgraded their console’s HDD. It is also been known whether or not the newer has some functionality to either take care of certain bugs or piracy/homebrew developers.

Complaints such as this have been piling up:

“I’m currently using the Seagate Momentus XT 750GB for my old 60GB model (the one with hardware-based PS2 backward compatibility) and I got through that update without experiencing any problem. I even rebooted the system several times to make sure.
Now since my stock HDD was made by Seagate, does it mean that Seagate drives are less prone to these sort of issues or was I simply lucky? “

“Add me too, 120gb upgraded to 1TB nuked, and when I tried to reinstall the original HDD it is requesting 4.45 firmware or higher now.”


It looks like the firmware is bricking the console depending on which hard drive you’ve upgraded your console, though it would be speculative as of now to say which specific/ brand/type/ capacity this happens specifically.

But as of now, Sony has pulled out the new update and issued the following statement:

“We are aware of reports that the recent PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has caused the XMB to not display on a small number of PS3 systems. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating the cause of the problem. We will announce when the system update is available for download as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

As for the people with their bricked PlayStation 3, they’ve been asked to wait for further details, and they’ll announce once a solution is ready.


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