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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 Denigrate on 7/8/2008 9:51:02 AM , Rating: 2
So how many people actually had their system bricked by 2.40? Mine works perfectly fine with 2.40. What was "special" about the PS3's that actually were bricked? Anything special about the owners? I find that about 99% of problems on any system are from user error.

By wallijonn on 7/8/2008 12:34:01 PM , Rating: 1
What was "special" about the PS3's that actually were bricked? I find that about 99% of problems on any system are from user error.

From what I hear the remedy was to take the HDD out and format it on a PC. Then re-install it into the PS3 and format it again.

Prior to 2.40 my PS3 stopped recognizing "The Orange Box". I backed up my data and formatted the HDD. No good. So it was shipped back to Sony for replacement. It also had problems recognizing some BD movies.

Hardly "user error". More than likely either the BD player was going bad or the FAT on the HDD wasn't being updated. If it couldn't recognize discs it could have been because of DRM, DRM checking which may run from the HDD firmware. So if the DRM code was trashed, then what? Format the HDD outside the PS3 because it needs the FAT cleared; an internal format probably won't touch the FAT since what it really needs is a low level format.

I've heard that GTA4 and MSG4 are also bricking systems. Whether it's true or not I really don't know. I would think that a game patch would be in order. But the scuttle butt is saying that the game developer says to wipe the saved data and to start the game all over again from the beginning. (As it applies to the 360 and the PS3). Maybe the 2.41 will correct that. If it's true, it can hardly be attributed to "user error".

By bfellow on 7/8/2008 2:33:18 PM , Rating: 2
Apparently Sony doesn't believe you and pulled the 2.40 firmware update off the site anyway.

By Villains on 7/8/2008 2:50:58 PM , Rating: 1
This is hardly user error.

Nice try though.

By placentaburrito on 7/8/2008 2:40:18 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard that using certain themes before the patch would cause your xmb to not display anymore once patched to 2.4, effectively bricking your system but not really. That was supposedly why reformatting fixed the problem but I can not confirm this at all. Should any part of my launch 60gb actually break, I hope that it is the hard drive as I use one I put in myself and hard drive warranties are > *.

Personally I feel that the ability to do something as simple as reformat the hard drive yourself, to at least attempt a recovery, is a pretty nice option to have.

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