Sony Takes a Mulligan, Issues New Firmware to Fix Bricked PlayStation 3 Consoles

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News Posted: Thu, Jun 27 2013 1:30 PM
Sony 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.

Sony Takes a Mulligan, Issues New Firmware to Fix Bricked PlayStation 3 Consoles

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.
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Supposedly only those who had aftermarket hard drives were getting bricked more than those who had the original factory hard drives.

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Didn't happen to me! At least it isn't totally "bricked", unlike how if you interrupted a Wii U update your console was rendered unusable!

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Good thing, I haven't updated my ps3 yet.

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Sonys firmware updating sucks. That actually is one of the reasons why i chose to sell my Ps3 at the time over my 360. Kind of wish i sold my 360 now with all these awsome exclusives coming out on Ps3, *cough* The Last Of Us

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well damn, but i am amazed on how fast the looked into and solved the problem, which is great, i do not own a PS3 i have friends who have though i think they got lucky this time, no one had a problem, but it's good to know

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