Sony update bricks fat Playstations


"A controversial update which was seeded by Sony in order to remove the ability to run Linux on the Playstation 3 games console has caused a storm of complaints.

The 3.21 firmware upgrade, which removes the security hole provided by the 'Install Other OS' widget used by lots of educational institutions and hackers alike, also removes the console's ability to play games or connect to the Interweb according to forum posts, turning it into a very expensive doorstop."

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Voozi2937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

I updated to 3.21 on my fat 60GB PS3 and been working just fine *knock on wood*

Dragun6192937d ago

....So were getting reports that PS3 phats are bricking now when the update was released 5 days ago...hmm mines still working fine, haven't seen a flood of PS3 Phat complaints like the Clock issue.

Persistantthug2937d ago

To a corp though, they look at it as an "ends justifies the means" type situation.

So, if/when the lawsuits come, I suggest you people "get yours", because they've likely already put aside the money/resources they knew it was going to cost them.

Anyways....good luck.

Death24942937d ago

attempt to get hits. If he means "bricking" as in not being able to access the PSN or some media titles that require the update then yeah. This only happens if you don't update though. My fat is working fine and i updated.

Syronicus2937d ago

They both work fine! OH MAH GAWD!

sorceror1712937d ago

Updated my 40GB phat (since upgraded to 80GB) a couple days ago with no ill effects, aside from having my Linux partition inaccessible. (To be honest, though, I wasn't using it.)

Christopher2937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

Updated both of my fat PS3s without issue.

nycredude2937d ago

Sick and tired of these loser articles with no basis for their stupid accusations. i updated both my 60gb and my slim and no problem at all!

Anon19742937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

An entire article about "Some people said on the forums."
That's a reliable source right there for ya.

If I ever get to the point when I use "what someone said on a forum somewhere" as a source for an article, someone take my game jounralism license away.

Of course, then I'd just buy another box of Cracker Jacks and get another one. :)

On a side note, both my fat PS3's are fine after the update.

wicko2937d ago

I think its safe to ignore this site from now on.. N4G needs to implement a feature where you can ignore articles from specific sites.

TheTwelve2937d ago

My fat 60gb fine so far.


IdleLeeSiuLung2937d ago

Now there are going to almost certainly be issues with firmware upgrades and is one of the reason why you shouldn't be upgrading it to often because there is a risk.

With that said, to dismiss issues simply because you didn't experience it is plain ignorance or fanboyism. The source points to the official Playstation forum, I mean these are the people that owns and use PS3s. You couldn't get any better source than the users reporting it themselves in public.

Now it might not be as widespread as the article suggest and some of them might not even be caused by the firmware, but it baffles me when people just plainly ignore it.

By the way, is it me or is Nintendo the only one I haven't heard any issues with firmware updates?

lociefer2937d ago

please, its just big boned

ape0072937d ago

mine (80G) is fine, enjoyed some gow 3

Oner2937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

Updated to 3.21 on my 80gb B/C PS3 that actually had YDL & TheZeroGameProject ~ No Problems

Updated to 3.21 on my Slim ~ No Problems

Haven't updated to 3.21 on my launch PS3 because I want to keep YDL & TheZeroGameProject ~ But wouldn't hesitate to do so if I absolutely had to

All of my friends and family come to me as the go to guy when something "gaming" happens or if there are problems etc. And NOT one has called me with an issue with 3.21 for their PS3's...yet they STILL call me for their 360's.

Shadow Flare2937d ago

Don't we get an article like this everytime sony updates the ps3? Like with every update, its probably just 2 people's ps3s that got bricked and its made to look like a catastrophe. And my fat ps3 is also working fine

TheTwelve2937d ago

Honestly, the only odd thing about the update is that my fat 60gb is QUIETER now. My PS3 lost weight. =)


Nineball21122937d ago

My fat 80GB (originally) Motorstorm PS3 has been updated and is working like a charm...

LordMarius2937d ago

Im copying and pasting a comment I saw on engadget and hopefully you people do the same every time this dumb articles come up

"32 million sold.

3-5% industry avg breakdowns per year

3% of 32 million divided by 365

2600 potential breakdowns per day

Some will attribute their breakdown to the firmware update"

JackBNimble2937d ago

I have a launch 60gb ps3 and I updated and haven't had any problems at all.

KillaManiac2937d ago

60gb launch and it works fine after update.

This article is complete rumor website hit wannabe.

Glad i didnt bother clicking link.

man0fsteel2937d ago

80 gig fat is working like a dream... as always

Canidae2937d ago

Updated the other day, finished GoWIII, no issues what so ever. Though it does suck for those having issues.

Prototype2937d ago

Both PS3's updated perfectly with no problems, just more "hate" articles for the "other" team

PSFan1002937d ago

Mine is working just fine, if anything is "a conspiracy" it's this article.

Raz2937d ago

Odd that these code problems only affect some PS3s. You'd think they'd all be affected.

Still, we've come a long way from blowing on the cartridges, haven't we?

creatchee2937d ago

Mine works fine as well, although I wish that they'd give the web browser a substantial update. Facebook still doesn't let me make posts. :(

VINNIEPAZ2937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

My 60 Gig fatty still going strong.

and @sirwut - "What are the bubbles for?"

Just make some fanboy remarks and you will have bubbles in no time. At the moment siding with Sony will get you major bubbles. I dont side with either side as I have and love all the systems and call out stupid fanboys a lot and look how many bubbles I have, just a warning. lol

Redempteur2937d ago

no problem here ( played blazblue , played ff13 , bought games from the store )
everything works fine

got trophies too

so far the update is done and is working ..fine

Anorexorcist2937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

"Many users who have elected not to install the obviously broken update are complaining that they cannot connect to the Playstation Network or play online games."

The latest update is always required to log in and play online. What leverage would Sony have to stomp out any possible misuse if people maintained the same privaledges and uses without updating? LOL, oh my god it's like these complaints are being made by damn 5-year olds who don't know anything yet.

Ocelot5252937d ago

my fat launch PS3 works fine, nothing unusual to report, a friend of mine with the fat launch sku hasn't encountered any problems either

justlu2937d ago

and right now I'm only playing Fallout 3 so I can't comment on any other games but since the update load times have increased and the game locks up almost every time I enter or exit a building. If I wait for about 30-60s the game will unfreeze. I've had my fatty since dec 06 and have been playing Fallout 3 exclusively for the past month. Before the udpdate the game would lock up about once every 8 hours or so.

cmrbe2937d ago

Never going to update it. If there are problems and other early adopters PS3 bricks then i hope to god that Sony gets their ass sued. I will support any legal action or petition against Sony.

mastiffchild2937d ago

Weak article. Every firmware update sees SOMEONE saying it bricked their console-whether it's the PS3,Wii or 360 or PSP-and I on't doubt sometimes it's even near to the truth but trying to make this out from a few isolated forum posts(and if I'd bricked my own console for some reason of my own making I would be happy enough if a reason I could blame it on happened along, no? What's to stop someone who already had PS3 issues from blaming it on this? None-and I feel it often happens that a couple of genuine worries get jumped on by people hoping they can blame the manufacturers for their own failings.

Anyway, this certainly isn't an epidemic by any stretch of the imagination and doesn't really represent much in the way of news.

sikbeta2937d ago

Here Goes: "Da Conzpiraziez theoriez"

"Sony is bricking PS3 fatties in order to "vanish" those models and every owner will buy a Slim without that Feature and by that no hackz... Muahahahaha!!!"


There are more possible "factors" that can Help to Fvck up The Fatties Models, like DUST and No Good ventilation or stuff like that rather than a Conspiracy Theory

dc12937d ago

As well as the many 'Fat' owners on this site.
Where is this information coming from........

lokiroo4202937d ago

So how long before we have "geohots cfw bricks ps3's" articles?

Jacobite2937d ago

Mine works fine and I have a launch 60gig (touch wood lol)

captain-obvious2937d ago

this is fake as hell
80 gigs big boy OG in here
running fine

Sheikh Yerbouti2937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

are finding a resolution to the issue. Hopefully this will blow over like 2/29. I wonder why it only affected these people. They had another OS installed, use [email protected]?

xabmol2937d ago

My internet browser seems to be locking up more frequently since the update.

But everything else is just fine!


kunit22c2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

thats cool either people are falsely reporting or this is all just one big lie..

adlt2936d ago

My launch 60GB says Hello :)

Sunny_D2936d ago

I call this story fake and whack. First of all, the update has been live since April the 1st. So why would users complain about their PS3's dying DAYS after the update. Maybe, their PS3 were going to give out inevitably with or without the update? Why don't they think of that instead of having a scapegoat to blame?

edgeofblade2936d ago

Hey, no problems here. I even backed up and redownloaded quite a bit so I could format over my linux partition.

harrisk9542936d ago

A few PS3s have problems from the FW update and it is somehow an epidemic? I have a 60 GB launch model...NO PROBLEMS with the update... NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ANY UPDATE.... There will always be isolated issues with any sort of firmware or software update, be it the PS3, Xbox, PC or other piece of consumer electronics.... Hell, I had my Sirius radio get f'ed up after an update...

DTClown2936d ago

After doing the mandatory install to my launch 60 gig PS3, everything was fine until the next day when I turned on the PS3. After loading up to the xmb, the PS3 simply shut off. After turning it back on, same thing... it just shuts off, no beeps just a flashing red light.

I called tech support.
After speaking to someone who initially informed me that "we can fix this" issue, he soon retracted that statement and said it was a power issue and I would have to send it in for repairs @ $150.00 + s/h or trade it in on a "re-certified" slim PS3 @ $119.00 + s/h. Of course either way I would LOSE EVERYTHING on my hard drive! Unacceptable.

I decided to troubleshoot myself:
First I downloaded via PC the 3.21 update to a compact flash card. Then I forced my PS3 into safe mode. (I say forced because it took several try's due to the unit shutting off too quickly) Once in safe mode, I re-installed the 3.21 update from the CF card and WHAM...PS3 works fine again. (some power issue huh!)

Problem is, after a few days, it will happen all over again. I repeat the process to get my PS3 functioning again only to have it revert to shutting down a few days later. What up SONY? Why has my PS3 worked flawlessly since launch and the very next day after the 3.21 update my PS3 seems determined to brick. 3...2...1...brick. I think I just figured out the meaning of the 3.21 update!

Anyone else with this same issue after installing the 3.21 update?

INehalemEXI2936d ago

60gb fatty (upgraded to 320gb) running great since launch 0 issues, after this update so far still 0 issues.

dragunrising2936d ago

I updated my 40 gig. No problems. Although one example doesn't say much I doubt the issue is as widespread as the internet would have anyone believe. The most internet savvy, a minority of internet users, generally are the most loud.

Honestly though...I've never had a problem updating firmware for ANY console (knocks on wood). My former Blackberry (Storm) is probably the only exception in regards to botched firmware updates.

sid4gamerfreak2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

i have a fat ps3 and it works fine...

starvinbull2936d ago

60GB fat works fine. Guess I got lucky or this article is a load of balls.

boodybandit2936d ago (Edited 2936d ago )

My sexy big boned (never call a woman fat) launch 60g has no issues after the update.

JsonHenry2936d ago

I have not updated for the last two updates and was thinking about picking up God of War 3 and Heavy Rain soon. I am not going to chance an update until I get an official response from Sony.

LoVeRSaMa2936d ago

I think they went to Burger king for moar straws.

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Da One2937d ago

But i pretty much knew it was coming, it was acting different

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BeaArthur2937d ago

My Blu-ray drive stopped working right before the update. I will be pissed if I get it back and then it won't work because of a firmware update.

PickAShoe2937d ago (Edited 2937d ago )

What are the bubbles for?

Max Power2937d ago

determine how many times you can comment in each article, and in each zone.

Voozi2937d ago

"don't take em"
Disagree ;D We will take em!


It seems to be a legit problem, not sure how widespread though. Hopefully a fix will come soon and get the affected back to gaming. Gamers shouldnt be without their games.

Biggest2937d ago

What is the problem and what would be a good fix? Or shut up.

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Crystallis2937d ago

Mine is fine! My 60gig is rock solid...literally.

Surt2937d ago

but like old dog, it's not moving like it use. the "new" ps3 (slim) is like a pup, jumping all over the place and an attention whore. lol