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