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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 BruceLeet on 7/8/2008 9:18:05 AM , Rating: 2
You mean what Microsoft did with the 360? Cost them a Bil.


By BansheeX on 7/8/2008 10:12:55 AM , Rating: 1
Cost them more than that, and no, this is not even close to being comparable to the MS debacle, which was a 30% failure rate. Maybe a few thousand systems got bricked by this before it was pulled. It appears to have nothing to do with model type, it seems to have to do with external factors like users who had replaced the hard drive with their own. It was probably an easy problem to rectify once it happened. All they would have had to do is obtain an affected system, restore them to factory settings, and run the firmware update again in a lab setting. Indeed, 2.41 is out a few days later.


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