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In-game XMB accesses

PS3 game Trophies
2.40 firmware bricks some PS3 consoles

Many rejoiced late last night when Sony posted the 2.40 firmware update for the Playstation 3. The 2.40 brought a number of improvements to the platform including in-game XMB accesses, a new Trophy system similar in concept to Xbox 360 Achievements, and the ability for gamers to use music playlists within games (provided that the game developers provides a patch to support the feature).

Shortly after the update went live, many users began reporting problems with the update. A thread over at the official Playstation 3 forums is currently up to 61-pages and is filled with a number of irate owners.

According to Kotaku, the update is causing some controllers to malfunction, and in many cases, it bricks the system altogether. All Playstation 3 systems -- 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB -- have an equal chance in having problems with the update, so no one is safe.

There are currently numerous theories and workarounds being proposed by forum-goers, but no one fix has been found to fix everyone's 2.40 firmware woes.

Because of the widespread problems, Sony decided to pull firmware update. In a statement released this afternoon, the company said, "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."

No other details were provided on when the "fixed" 2.40 firmware will be uploaded or if a 2.41 firmware will simply be issued to address the problems at hand.



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2.4 is good for me
By tirminyl on 7/2/2008 9:43:52 PM , Rating: 3
Updated to 2.4 as soon as it was released. No problems for me at all.




RE: 2.4 is good for me
By afkrotch on 7/2/2008 11:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Japanese PS3. Wonder if their users have big issues with Japanese 2.4.


RE: 2.4 is good for me
By mles1551 on 7/2/2008 11:36:15 PM , Rating: 2
I have a launch 60gb and didn't have any problems with the update.

I like the XMB access, but could care less about Trophies.


RE: 2.4 is good for me
By Aloonatic on 7/3/2008 4:52:57 AM , Rating: 2
I'll add to the chorus of "I'm alright" posts :)

I have a launch (UK) 60GB PS3, updated without a problem.

I noticed a few people moaning on MGS4 on-line afterwards tho.

I'm not sure what they were complaining about however, they couldn't have had their consoles bricked and be on-line? Perhaps something else is going on?

Personally, I think the trophy thing is a nice extra feature. The achievements do add a little extra to the xBox 360 (IMHO) and don't do any harm.

Playing CoD4 on the 360 is a little more fun due to the achievements, as is GTA4.

It'll be interesting to see if gaining trophy's will allow people to download extra content and such for taking the time and effort to achieve (not sure if suing that word would be a breach of copyright :) ) these trophies.

There has to be some reason to bother to do it other than extending the mythical, and presumably gender neutral, e-penis? Or do girls have e-breasts?


RE: 2.4 is good for me
By ATC on 7/4/2008 12:36:24 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, same here. Been on 2.40 since yesterday without a single issue.

I am however a little disappointed in the update in that they left out the feature I and many others have really wanted for a long time; the ability to charge the controller through USB while the system is in Standby mode. Come on Sony, this can't be that hard to implement.


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