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Sony cranks out 2.41 firmware update for PS3

Last week, Sony released its 2.40 firmware update for the Playstation 3 to much fanfare from owners. The 2.40 firmware brought a few new features to the table including Trophies and in-game XMB access.

Thing quickly turned sour, however, when a number of people reported random problems with the 2.40 update -- some unlucky people even had their consoles bricked by the update. As the complaints rolled in, Sony sprung into action and took down the update.

"In order to further assess the issue, we have temporarily taken the firmware offline for further testing," said a Sony representative last week about the 2.40 update. "We are working diligently to isolate the problem for those few consumers and to identify a solution before we put the firmware back up."

Sony is now confident that it has ironed out the bugs and this morning released the 2.41 firmware update.

"As many of you know, we released PS3 firmware update v2.40 last week, but had to take it offline temporarily because, for a limited number of users, the XMB wouldn’t display after the update was installed," said Eric Lempel, Sony's PlayStation Network Operations Director. "We’ve been able to fix the problem, and I’m happy to report that firmware update v2.41 will be released shortly. We want to extend our apologies to the PlayStation community for any inconvenience."

It appears that the 2.41 update offers no new features over 2.40 -- it simply addresses the problems that that many users experience last week. However, Lempel made no mention about what's in store for PlayStation 3 owners who had their system bricked by the 2.40 update.

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By Aloonatic on 7/8/2008 8:46:37 AM , Rating: 1

I had no problems "upgrading" to 2.40 but if I had I would not be too pleased (to say the least) and then if I was told "tough, buy another" I can assure you that my original "bricked" PS3 would be the last Sony product that I would buy for a long long time.

There must be better Blue Ray players out there by now?

*I actually like my PS3, but that's because it works.

By mmntech on 7/8/2008 10:09:28 AM , Rating: 2
There probably are better stand alone BD players out there now but the PS3 is is certainly the best in it's price range. It's pretty much a full HTPC and it's upgradeable. Even the $1000 stand alone players can only play movies on disc and CDs.

I haven't had problems with 2.4. I suppose it was inevitable since both Nintendo and Microsoft have experienced bad firmware updates. I'm curious though as to why it would effect some systems and not others. I have the 60gb and I haven't had a single issue with it since I bought it last November, knock on wood.

By afkrotch on 7/8/2008 10:27:02 AM , Rating: 2
Different build types is what I'd figure would be the cause.

20 gig
60 gig
60 gig minus EE
80 gig minus EE
40 gig minus EE

I think some of them have a new bluetooth controller too. Then the different types of firmware already on the system. Users aren't forced to get new fireware as soon as it's out, even if they are connected.

Not the case with something like the 360.

By Aloonatic on 7/8/2008 10:49:11 AM , Rating: 2
I installed 2.40 because I couldn't sign in to play MSG4 on-line without the update?

Generally won't let you sign in to Playstation store without the latest firmware in my experience.

It will be interesting to see (if they ever release any details) who had problems with the patch.

Could be people who have swapped out hard drives or do something silly whilst updating and turn off half way through.

There's probably lots of hardware revisions as Sony tried to reduce the cost of manufacture too that could cause trouble?

By deeznuts on 7/8/2008 1:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
Take out that 60 gig minus EE, at least for the US. The 80 gig does lack the EE, but has software emulation. Haven't heard any outcries of PS2 games not being supported by the 80GB with software BC.

By EglsFly on 7/8/2008 6:14:07 PM , Rating: 3
For the U.S., there was only:

First build with hardware EE:

Second build without EE:
80G (Software Emulation)

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