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Sony firmware update 3.61 may bork older PS3s

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by Staff Writer
, 19 May 2011News

The woes continue for Sony as it attempts to rebuild its tattered reputation and get gamers back online.

The Japanese giant ushered firmware update 3.61 for the PS3 out of its leaky doors recently but it appears the tweak is causing older consoles to overheat and give up the ghost.

Initially Rockstar Games thought its new game LA Noire was giving PS3s too much work to do causing the consoles to stop working. Some older, porkier 60GB and 80GB models would emit three beeps and turn themselves off, prodding Rockstar into releasing a statement warning wannabe gamers of the problem.

The game maker blamed Sony's Linux-busting firmware update saying it was the likelier cause of the overheating problem.

 In a statement on its forums, Rockstar said:

"We have received some reports of PS3s overheating while playing LA Noire or beeping three times before shutting down/turning themselves off, mostly on older 60GB and 80GB fat models.

Primary reports seem to be that updating to firmware 3.61 will cause PlayStations to overheat. There have been various reports of this on a few different games now, all reporting their PS3s turning off or 'Red Lighting' after having installed 3.61.

This can range from games randomly freezing to PS3s turning off [after] anywhere between 30 mins use to 2 hours. We have confirmed locally that multiple games (Rockstar and non-Rockstar) overheat or freeze only when 3.61 is installed."

The statement was subsequently removed by Rockstar and the outfit told MCV the utterance was "not an official statement from the company". It said it was was posted by the customer support team, which is unofficial, apparently. The firm said it based the statement on information gleaned from the European PlayStation message boards.

Sony it yet to make any statement on the matter, other than possibly asking Rockstar to take down its comment blaming the firmware update for borking the porkies.

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