PlayStation 3 Update 4.45 Reportedly Bricking Systems
Sony may have enjoyed being carried around in the air by their fans ever since E3, but now it’s back to the real world where fresh problems await them. A percentage of PlayStation 3 users are reporting that firmware update 4.45 has “bricked” their systems, and no amount of rebooting and file restoring have been able to fix the issue.
The update was supposed to include Trophy notification options and “improved system stability,” but so far it’s had the opposite effect. This is a particularly bad time for something like this to occur, as many players are currently right in the middle of The Last of Us, a game no one wants to be locked out of partway through.
This should be temporary however, and it’s very unlikely the system is actually “dead.” Sony released this statement about their next steps regarding the firmware update.
“We are aware of reports that the recent PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has caused the XMB to not display on a small number of PS3 systems. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating the cause of the problem. We will announce when the system update is available for download as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience.”
So now when you log on, you shouldn’t be prompted to update, but if you are, just don’t do it. A rough estimate of the affected systems based on the type of forum posting is below:
Aftermaket HDDs, 500GB-1TB ~90%
Stock 500GB models ~8%
Stock 120GB models ~2%
Stock 1st-gen fat models ~ 0%
A temporary fix for the aftermarket folks is said to be finding and replacing your current HDD with your old one. Obviously your saves won’t be there, but it should solve the issue temporarily if you must play something until there’s a grand fix. Hopefully that will be soon, and we won’t have another repeat of a long-winded Sony fix like when PSN was hacked and offline for weeks.