last week issued and then quickly pulled
a firmware update for the PlayStation 3
after a flurry of complaints surfacing claiming the new software was bricking their consoles. Oops! Making good on its promise to investigate the issue and come up with a fix, Sony announced another firmware update to both repair the bricked consoles and introduce upgrades that were supposed to be sent out via last week's firmware.
If you tried installing last week's firmware (version 4.45) and can no longer see the XMB (XrossMediaBar) menu, Sony says you must perform the update to version 4.46 by starting the system in safe mode. Sony set up a page with detailed instructions
on how to do that.
For everyone else, you can install the 4.46 upgrade as you normally would. The new firmware is supposed to improve system stability and also adds an option that will allow you to hide notifications when you earn a new Trophy. Otherwise, it's a mostly uneventful firmware upgrade.