PS3 Firmware 2.42 Causing Problems
Remember when the highly anticipated firmware update 2.40 for the PlayStation 3 arrived? It carried with it the in-game XMB and trophy support, and both features made Sony's machine significantly more appealing. However, a major issue with the update bricked some machines, and Sony was forced to provide us with firmware 2.41; designed for the express purpose of giving users a flaw-free update. So you probably said to yourself, "gee, hope this doesn't happen again.
Well, sadly, it seems it may have happened again. The complaints aren't quite as severe, but not being able to play Blu-Ray discs is kind of a setback, yes? Firmware 2.42 is supposed to enhance the quality of various PlayStation software playback, but according to some frustrated PS3 owner feedback, it's causing a variety of problems. There are complaints that no Blu-Ray discs will play, some saying all their PS3 save data is missing, and others that claim they can no longer connect to the Internet. Obviously, this is no good, and it seems Sony will have to give us firmware update 2.43 to combat and/or fix the issues caused by 2.42. We had really hoped this kind of screw-up would be left behind during the early days of the system's existence, but it seems these unreliable updates are ongoing.
We haven't seen an official reply from Sony on this matter just yet, but we assume we'll be seeing something within the next day or so. In this particular case, it never is the user's fault...it's Sony's, and they gotta fix it. Plain and simple.
8/3/2008 Ben Dutka