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Sony Updates Firmware 2.40 Status

Ever since Sony pulled firmware update 2.40 from their servers, we told you we'd be keeping you up-to-speed on the issue. Well, after hearing from multiple Sony sources, we're bringing you this new update.

A new post has been added by Patrick Seybold over at the official PlayStation blog, explaining the current situation. We're taking this as an official reply to the problem at hand, and it reads as follows:

As has been reported on many gaming blogs and websites, we have temporarily taken Firmware v2.40 offline. Weve received a limited number of calls from consumers experiencing an issue with installing the system software update on their PS3. While our consumer services department has seen a low volume of calls on this topic, we are committed to providing the PS3 community with XMB access features delivered in the v2.40 update. We are working diligently to isolate the problem for those few consumers and to identify a solution before we put the firmware back up."

Now, in addition, Jeff Rubenstein added some good news further on down in the comments section: "Weve received no reports of hardware issues following a successful install." This means that if you have downloaded firmware 2.40 and you're experiencing no issues, everything is fine. You don't need to worry about your PS3 blowing up at some point down the road because you downloaded a faulty firmware update, and that's a relief for many of us. As for those of you who had some major problems, Sony is working to figure this out, and have already responded to some of you. In fact, according to some results from a few of our readers, Sony is offering to fix "bricked" PS3s for free, so feel free to call 'em up and explain the situation.

If you haven't yet obtained 2.40, stay tuned to PSXE for future updates. We'll let you know when Sony brings it back, and it's safe to nab.

7/2/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Odd Child
Wednesday, July 02, 2008 @ 10:11:47 PM
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Good to know Sony is on top of this semi-letdown. Heard that some people were saying Sony wanted $175 to fix.

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Qubex
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 12:55:11 AM

Odd Child > Sony built up a loyal following over the years, they will be forgiven, however, to be honest continued slip-ups will hurt Sony in the long run. I think there may be a group of people who are now sidelined, maybe burnt over what was promised and what wasn't delievered, either on-time or as it was promised and hyped to begin with.

As for myself, if there should ever be a Playstation 4 I will not run out and buy one... I will wait for a while, now having experienced what I have experienced with the PS3. I will wait and watch what happens, see how things settle and get a real idea of what the true capabilities of the machine are compared to a "build your own" PC rig.

Only time will tell, it will be interesting to watch what Sony do going forward, and to witness how much patience their users will have over the long term! My hunch is it will get better not worse, but people must wonder sometimes, I am sure of it...

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

Last edited by Qubex on 7/3/2008 12:57:16 AM

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Qubex
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 3:43:37 AM
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There may be a method to fixing your problem cheaply as described by RichDevX;

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Unbrick 2.40 Update

The ps3's firmware remains untouched so technically it's not a brick but rather a bug. I have heard that people have seen the download jump from 50% to 100% right away. Between those those percentages are integrity checks and for some reason they were skipped. After the PS3 will boot and attempt to load that update file but it will be unable to as it's not complete.

Fix 1: Replace the Hard Drive so the ps3 will boot the last firmware you were on. (Firmware was never updated) Then the ps3 will ask you to format it so do so.

Fix 2: (You will lose all game saves) If you don't have two hard drives you could always hook the hard drive up to your computer and reformat it. Then put back into your ps3 and the ps3 will ask you to format it.

Credit: RichDevX
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Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Qubex
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 3:56:38 AM
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Ben, I picked up this snippet from "DFC Intelligence" whilst surfing. Coming back to one discussion point earlier in the comments list about whether PC gaming is dying or not.

Well this particular research article said that PS3 will equal the Wii by 2012 in sales and revenue, however PC revenues will continue to outperform all other game platforms in totality going forward... and I quote - "So which is the most profitable platform for games in 2007? Amazingly enough, it's the PC. According to a report, PC online game revenue alone passed US$ 7 billion that year, not including retail sales. That amount is expected to reach US$ 19 billion by 2013. I'm guessing these revenues come from MMOs, but DFC wasn't clear on that account."

Who knows, if Online is generating that much cash should we not see more online games such as EVE, WOW, RINGS on the PS3 and xBox360?

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Vysey
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 6:09:02 AM
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Personally i've never had any problems with my PS3. Everyone makes mistakes and so they did with 2.4 cause they were rushing to get it out asap for all the users cause everyone was on and on about it :P. I don't see how Sony would loose fans because of a few hiccups...they offer great technical support and offered to replace broken PS3's free within days (rather than weeks like MS) what more can you ask for? They are doing their best to fix it for us and are always trying to update the PS3 with what people ask for...be fair. It's expected that something will go wrong every now and then but who doesn't make mistakes?

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Deleted User
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 9:00:03 AM
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Still have 2.40. Still no probs with my PS3.

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Qubex
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 9:46:25 AM

At the moment I have no issues with FW 2.40!

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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ZubraZap
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 2:13:58 PM
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If this is a "limited" issue then I don't see the big deal unless it happend to you.

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NoMoreWar
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 2:57:37 PM

it happened to me

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faraga
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 3:00:36 PM
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at least my ps3 is still alive after the update:D but i kept on having problems with gta iv online, witch i hadn't got be4 (and after the patches in may)
and @ Qubex, my download made a jump too, from 60% orso and i was happy then, cause my ps3 downloaded it so slowly:P (40gb EU)

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AscientDire
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 4:08:29 PM
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All I'm really hoping for now is that Home doesn't brick systems either, lol!

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ZubraZap
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 4:59:45 PM
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Than Mr.War I don't know what else to tell you than "sorry"...

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ZubraZap
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 4:59:58 PM
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Then*

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Da_Hustla07
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 7:02:40 PM
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At least most of u have 2.4, i was in college when it came out and now that im home with my ps3, i have to wait until they put it back on the servers.

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ZubraZap
Thursday, July 03, 2008 @ 7:59:27 PM
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Yeah in-game messaging is such a relief.

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Deleted User
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 9:21:28 PM
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I have all 3 and its still safe to say that ps3 is still trailing the 360 despite this weak little update.

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