Firmware update 2.40 reportedly crashes PS3s

red ps3The latest firmware update for the PS3, version 2.40, is apparently causing problems for some PlayStation 3 owners. Reports are coming in from the US PlayStation forums that the newest firmware is causing quite a few lock-ups and freezes on the game console.

The problems may be associated with the earliest versions of the PS3–a similar situation that also surfaced with the release of GTA IV where the loading screen remained frozen during installation.

One forum member described what happened after he updated to firmware 2.40. "Well, I downloaded version 2.40 put in metal gear solid 4 and i get a black screen forever..i cant even get demos to start..I got my Ps3 on Launch day..So my warrenty (sp) is out now..Any advice? I can take a vid if anyone wants."

One user said that his PS3 power button was disabled after the 2.40 update. "The screen just stays blank, I’ve tried the keeping the on button pressed trick, but it doesn’t help, switching to component video, also no output …. anyone advise?"

In the forums, a member contacted Sony directly and was told that the update apparently corrupts the data on the PS3’s hard drive.

"I rang them (same problem) and a replacement PS3 is coming tomorrow – it may be the hard drive apparantly, which is corrupted by the update according to the fella I spoke to. They were really helpful so give them a ring!"

At the moment, the incidents of firmware 2.40 crashing PS3s is varied but do seem to be substantiated by the reports that are coming in. No official word from Sony has come out yet on the problem.

[via videogaming247]


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