PS3 Firmware 4.45 Update Bricking Some Consoles

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Last night, it seems that some PlayStation 3 users started reporting major problems with their consoles after downloading Sony’s latest firmware update, labeled 4.45. Detailed on the PlayStation 3 support page, PS3 owners have said that they haven’t been able to access the console’s cross-media bar—basically, the entirety of the PS3’s user interface. All they get is just the flowing ribbons of the background…and that sinking feeling, of course.

This morning, Sony issued a statement regarding the update and the problems that have been reported thus far:

“We are aware of reports that the recent PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has caused the XMB [cross-media bar] 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 apologize for the inconvenience.”

Hopefully the affected users will have their consoles fixed ASAP. I’m not near my system, so I haven’t had the chance to see if I, too, have been bricked. Considering how high the folks at Sony have been flying since their handy victory over Microsoft at E3, this might be the dash of cold water the company needs. You know, to make sure they don’t get too BIG FOR THEIR BRITCHES.

But in all seriousness, it’s pretty ironic timing since Sony was suddenly the toast of the gaming town. Let’s all hope this isn’t indicative of what we’ll go through with the PlayStation 4. Sure, software updates can be kind of shaky all the time, but one would hope that the company would get this kind of issue worked out by now, especially considering how old the PS3 is already.

Have any of our readers had problems like this? Let us know in the comments…

[Via Joystiq and PS3 Support]

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