PS3 System Software Update 4.45 Released, Mass Bricking Reports

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43w ago - Following up on PS3 Firmware 4.41, today Sony has released PS3 System Software update 4.45 followed by reports of mass-bricking (with PSN temporarily closed via Error 8002A308) so currently it is advised NOT to install it.

Beware as it is causing a lot of consoles (mine included) to brick! There seems to be a glitch (pictured below) with a lot of users updating to that firmware and getting freezes after restarting. For those curious, the new update is supposed to allow users to 'opt-out' of the pop-up messages that you earned a trophy while playing a game.

Some reports indicate that this primarily affects those with 500+ GB hard drives, however, it is advised not to update to 4.45 until Sony remedies the issue. Currently they have rolled back to Firmware 4.41 meaning when you boot up your PS3 you will no longer be prompted to download the 4.45 update.

From Sony's Twitter on the PS3 Firmware 4.45 changes: "PS3 system software update 4.45 coming soon,...
 

Reports Indicate Sony to Start PS4 Mass Production in Q3 2013

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59w ago - Following up on Sony's initial PS4 announcement, PlayStation 4 trailers and PS4 game pricing, today reports indicate that Sony may start mass production of the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game console in Q3 2013.

Below are the rumored details, to quote: "Sony Corp. admits that it does not have a mass-production PlayStation 4 box that it can bring out to the public. Nonetheless, the company seems to be pretty open about its plans regarding the new system and its current state. While the price of the PS4 is something that has yet to be determined, some reports point to the company’s alleged plans to start mass production of the device in Q3 2013.

“We are certainly capable of showing playable game content, but we do not have a mass-production box that we can bring out and pull out. That is still in development in terms of final specs and design,” said Jack Tretton, the president and chief exec of Sony Computer Entertainment America,...
 

Sony Denies Reports of PS3 Remote Play Compatibility for PS Vita

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124w ago - Following up on the previous report by Eurogamer, today Sony Computer Entertainment Senior VP Yoshio Matsumoto and Division 2 Software Development Head Muneki Shimada denied the report meaning there isn't a universal solution planned for making all PS3 games playable remotely on PS Vita.

To quote via Andriasang.com (linked above): "Freelance journalist Munechika Nishida conducted an interview with Sony's PlayStation Vita development staff for the latest installment of his "Random Tracking" series at Impress Watch.

He asked Sony Computer Entertainment Senior VP Yoshio Matsumoto and Division 2 Software Development Head Muneki Shimada about the reports.

"That information is mistaken," said Matsumoto. "The compatibility is achieved on the side of the PS3 game, just like normal."

Shimada agreed, saying that as with previous implementations of Remote Play, games will need API support."


 

PSP Games Mountable on PS3 Reports Snowydew of Gitbrew

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135w ago - A year back we reported news of launching PSP games on a PS3 from Russian hacker GamerSuper, and today PlayStation 3 hacker Snowydew of Gitbrew confirms that PSP games are indeed mountable on PS3 but notes that only some are actually playable.

Below are some relevant Tweets from him on mounting Loco Roco (pictured below) for PSP on the PS3, and as always we will update this article as more details surface:

  • Yes psp games ARE mountable, but some are not playable. I'll try lumines to see if it works though.
  • rar the directories if you can and send it to "snowy" on the gitbrew irc, when i wake up i'll have a look
  • Games to be run on it. Time to look towards the psone classics then, that or lets see if i can mount actual psone games. This shall be fun
  • The loco roco i used was from a umd, not psn related. From the documentation i've been reading, it would require heavy modification for psp
  • I need the psn versions sadly , already installed is what i need / specific files that are in the directory.
  • The reason i say that, is because i own these copies. Hardcopies / psone discs and psn /ps3 installed...

 

PS3 Firmware 3.10 Allows Users to Send Error Reports to Sony

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230w ago - Now with the PS3 Firmware 3.10 update you can send an error report to Sony.

I encountered this personally just yesterday when I was playing Modern Warfare 2 and think its a good feature for future PS3 Firmware updates to reduce issues.

To quote: "Thanks to firmware 3.10, Sony now allows users to send an error report after an improper shutdown.

Freezing is an annoying issue and there is no way for everyone to be able to report such errors in an easy way. While it's unknown what exactly is being sent to Sony, expect information about your software and hardware to be sent.

According to a disclaimer before sending in the report, this includes PSN account information, the content saved on your PS3, and your email address. This information will be sent if it was being used during the time of the problem."
 







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