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In-game XMB accesses

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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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RE: This blows!
By Ticholo on 7/3/2008 6:36:24 AM , Rating: 3
Actually I share his sentiment.
But the problem isn't the hardware, the consumers or even the manufacturers.
PS3 and XBOX360 are more like PCs than any console before. One big factor in that is a mindset for more updates and patches. Where the PS2 and the XBOX were fairly static devices, these new ones are constantly evolved through software much like PCs or PC hardware drivers.
I think this has more cons than pros. It adds a layer of complexity that on a PC, as an open platform that you may even have built yourself, is fairly easy to resolve even if you have to re-install your OS. But on a console, the manufacturer wants to control what you can do, so you are given less options to resolve these issues.
And then you don't expect to have to deal with things like these on consoles. Claiming hardware/feature progress isn't an excuse. If those things progress so should the way these problems are dealt with or anticipated.
Taking PC practices to consoles isn't a good idea. If people wanted PCs they'd buy PCs!

RE: This blows!
By StevoLincolnite on 7/3/2008 7:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
Well Personally there are ways to add functionality other than performing a firmware update, for instance they could just install the update onto a storage device like a HDD, or a Memory card, and when the console boots up it checks for these "Patches" and applies them.
Then if a patch goes wrong, it would be simple enough to just wipe the device and start again.

Or perhaps have a dual firmware system, where you can boot the console into sort of a "Safe Mode" and revert it back to it's original state.

Yes the Xbox and PS2 were "Static" devices, but calling the xbox 360 more of a PC than the original Xbox is not fairly accurate, hardware wise the Xbox 1 was more of a PC than the 360 thanks to the use of an x86 processor, plus it had down-loadable content from Xbox Live! Software updates and all that extra Jazz.

All I want is more reliability and Peace of mind, so far all companies have been guilty of the bricking, Including the Wii, 360 and the PS3.

RE: This blows!
By wallijonn on 7/3/2008 12:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
Taking PC practices to consoles isn't a good idea. If people wanted PCs they'd buy PCs!

Imagine what would happen if your standalone BD player automatically updated its firmware and it bricked? People may expect that from a virus infected PC but not from a DVD player.

And yet that is exactly what will be happening - your phone, TV, PC, DVD, cable box, etc., will probably all one day have wireless Ethernet ports built in which will be automatically updated.

But all it really means is that we have all turned into beta testers. Unfortunately that may not be tolerated when it comes to stand alone players. In the past if it didn't play a movie you'd have to buy a new player (APEX days). Now with the Internet the news will be flashed around the world and will likely make the 5 o'clock news. Then sales will plummet.

"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer

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