9h ago - Following up on PS3 Firmware 4.41, today Sony has released PS3 System Software update 4.45 followed by reports of mass-bricking 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, Trophy notification options and improved system...
10h ago - Following up on his previous update, today PlayStation 3 developer Haider.Kiara has made available a demo installation video of what he calls Haider ENG2AR v1.02 PS3 CFW for 4.41 which adds Arabic language support to the PS3 system.
20h ago - Sony PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PS3 and PSN Game Store updates below, as follows:
Dungeons & Dragons Chronicles of Mystara HD ($14.99)
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara combines two timeless D&D arcade classics -Tower of Doom and Shadow over Mystara- into one definitive package. Battle through a rich fantasy universe with a host of new features, including HD visuals, drop-in/drop-out 4 player online co-op, customizable House Rules, leaderboards, and a trove of extras.
Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard ($9.99)
Get ready for a fictional account of the world's most popular video game hero... of the 1980s. Matt Hazard is coming out of retirement and making his next-gen 'comeback' against all his old enemies in a hilarious parody of the last 25 years of action games.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams ($14.99)
Morph at will between two dynamically different dream worlds in this fast-paced hardcore platformer! Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams combines punchy graphics and tight controls with the challenge of retro era platforming.
Using simple controls you manipulate wind, rain, lightning, snow and bubbles to solve puzzles at your own pace, interacting...
These will be available via the in-game store or the PlayStation Store over the coming week globally! Purchase the Ancient theme bundle to get the exclusive Egyptian Mask for Chloe.
We will be cycling tournament prizes as the year rolls along but now the Ancient theme Tournament rewards can be earned. On the Bronze and Silver tiers, you can earn the Circuit Gun and Circuit Shirt as Tournament rewards.
If you reach the gold tier you can unlock the cool looking Sully Tengu mask. The Raptor Mask for Drake and Dive Helmet for Talbot are achieved by reaching Platinum status. Buy tickets to enter into the weekly Tournament and earn access to those items to show off your multiplayer skills.
Check out our UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play FAQ for answers to your questions about UNCHARTED 3 Multiplayer Free-to-Play.
20h ago - Following up on Rogero CEX 4.40 v1.03 PS3 CFW, today PlayStation 3 developer Rogero has made available Rogero CEX 4.41 v1.00 PS3 CFW alongside NOR / NAND AutoPatcher v0.05 with details below.