SCEE Explains 2.40 Error, Sony Will Replace Bricked Machines
As you now know, Sony has presented us with firmware update 2.41, which is now free of any serious bugs and doesn't have the nasty capability of damaging systems like the original 2.40 update. However, even though we're good to go now, some are still wondering: what happened?
Well, according to an official statement issued to ThreeSpeech by SCEE, it seems Sony pinpointed the problem: the flaw in 2.40 "prevented a limited number of PS3s from activating properly after updating to version 2.40, when certain system administrative data were contained on the HDD." Obviously, this has been fixed with update 2.41...but that doesn't really help the users who can't even use their bricked system because of what 2.40 did. If it turned out that badly for you, you need to contact Sony's customer service, and they will replace your busted PS3. That's good news, yes? You may be without your system for a while, but at least you won't have to pay for their mistake, which is always a bonus. Lastly, SCEE did repeat the fact that if you downloaded 2.40 without any problems, everything is fine.
It appears you still have to download 2.41 (the system says it's "required," as it does with all firmware updates), but it won't really change anything. We did hear about an additional "Last Game Played" tab with 2.41 that shows you the date and time of the last game you played on your PS3, but that's about it. This should bring the complicated ongoing news story of firmware 2.40/2.41 to a close now: in-game XMB and trophy support is here, and there should be no further issues due to those significant additions.
7/8/2008 Ben Dutka