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Firmware Update 3.01 Now Live: The "Fix-It" Patch

Although firmware update 3.00 delivered plenty of significant new features, not everyone was the biggest fan of the cosmetic overhauls. Furthermore, a few unwanted glitches came along with the update as well, which is why Sony was forced to take action.

it didn't take long for Sony to acknowledge the issues that update 3.00 were responsible for, and now we have firmware update 3.01. It is currently live and available to download, so if you're one of those who experienced technical problems after obtaining the previous update, go for it. Firmware 3.01 does not include any new features and although Sony has said they'd reconsider the new-look Friends list on the XMB, that also remains the same (for now, anyway). Clearly, this update was designed to combat the aforementioned issues, and that includes Dual Shock 3 controllers that wouldn't function and frequent freezing foul-ups in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. So far, it seems the update has indeed addressed these problems, as we've already seen reports of people being able to successfully play through the previous "freeze points" in Uncharted. We're also going to go out on a limb and assume the controller issue was fixed, too (if not, let us know). As for complaints about the visual changes and stuff like that, you may have to wait a bit longer to hear and/or see any results.  Stay tuned for that.

Oh, and we forgot to mention that firmware update 3.01 is optional. If you didn't have any problems with 3.00, you don't have to grab 3.01, but perhaps you should do so just in case...

9/15/2009 10:16:40 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (55 posts)

556pineapple
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:34:15 AM
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The only problem, technical or cosmetic, I had with 3.00 was I didn't like the new start-up sound as much as the old one. Nice to see Sony's on the ball for the people that did have some serious issues.

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Dingodial
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 9:39:56 PM

I don't have the update. What does the new start-up sound sound like?

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556pineapple
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:10:47 PM

It's still strings warming up, but it's a different recording. It's not something terribly different, but after two years of getting used to the other one, it's weird to listen to a new one. Call me picky, but whatever.

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N a S a H
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:37:50 AM
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WARNING TO EVERYONE:

Don't update because lots of people are having problems reading blu ray discs after the update. It's not mandatory anyway so there's no need to upgrade unless 3.00 wasn't working anyway.

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Craigo
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:42:02 AM

Too Late. But Blu-Ray seems to be working fine...

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:28:57 AM

Source? 3.01 seems fine to me too. A firmware update killing your blue ray drive is highly unlikely. If yours is dead tell Sony. Why don't you give it a few days before crying chicken little. The update has barely been available for 24 hours. Hardly enough time to make a sound judgement.

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N a S a H
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:54:32 AM

Jawknee STFU I'm not crying chicken whatever wtf you on

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/09/ps3-firmware-update-v3-01-now-available/comment-page-2/#comments

how about going onto playstation blog?

jackass, i didn't say "NO ONE DOWNLOAD IT IT'S GONNA BREAK YOUR PS3" it was just simply a warning

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:24:46 PM

Too high on the hostility level, both of you.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:30:25 PM

Lol sorry Ben.

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smileylyon
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 1:34:10 PM

After every update, there seems to be a small percentage that reports BD drive issues. Sometimes a system restore takes care of it. But your best bet is ALWAYS to call or e-mail Sony.

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www
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 2:03:03 PM

Wow N a S a H, Thanks for the heads up but you kinda jumped out the window on Jawknee, easy man.

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Gregory Freeman
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 4:17:00 PM

dude this guys right... i was updating 2 of my 3 ps3's at the same time,m and now both of em have bd drive errors... wasn't until i read here and blog that this stuff's going on...

way 2 fix a problem (minor) with another problem (major) sony

it was a minor error not to be able 2 play uncharted, its major and counter productive error to not be able to play anything!

its like getting rid of frogs with snakes... frogs are gone, but now you have snakes...

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:02:47 PM

Try system restore like Smileylyon said. Sony advised me to connect the PS3 via ethernet cable to do firmware updates and do one at a time.

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Gregory Freeman
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:14:59 PM

yeah, restore did the trick.. thanks jaw

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:19:21 PM

Word. I thought the drive errors I was having on my 60gb where because of 2.80. Unfortunantly in my case the drive was indeed dead. I tired to restore it every which way I could. But It didn't work. Glad the restore worked for you. =)

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Deleted User
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:44:40 AM
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I refuse to update my PS3, especially after 2.00 bricked my 60 GB model. I can't seem to find a place for good feedback about 3.00 and how it might affect a 60 GB model. Most of these message boards are filled with teenagers who can't type and come off as jerks. The official Sony PS3 message board is a frightening place.

I guess I'll have to remain offline. I don't have $170 CAN to spend on repairs, I want to use that money for Uncharted 2, R&CF and maybe Demon's Souls.

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556pineapple
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:21:35 AM

My 60 GB handled 3.00 just fine. I've noticed no problems so far. My old one bricked right around the time of GTA IV so they sent me a refurbished one, but it seems to be working fine.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:33:14 AM

I wonder if GTA IV causes issues. Mine needed repairs after GTA IV and so did a buddy of mines.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 9:10:51 AM

No problems here updating my OG 60G or 80G with 3.0.

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Highlightreel
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:50:15 AM
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For what it's worth, I have one of the OG PS3's, the 60gb one and didn't have any problems with 3.00.

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GodDamnDevil
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:58:20 AM
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My 60 had some minor freezing problems after 3.0, but this update seems to have fixed it.

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NULL
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:13:57 AM
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Not one thing good has come out of update 3.00 everything for me has been worse.

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whooka
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:19:16 AM
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I had no problems with 3.00 and I'm always wary of these updates as I did have a 2.x version brick my system. Releasing a new update this close to the 3.00 release just says to me Sony did not spend enough time testing the firmware update before releasing it and if most of the new stuff is not huge changes why rush this stuff out and risk upsetting consumers due to sloppy patches rather then just spend some extra time testing it and make sure it's good.

Does this mean I can still access PSN if I don't go to 3.01? That's the worst bit how they make you update to access PSN, forced updating.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:31:41 AM

This one is not forced. You should still be able to access the PSN without updating.

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MadKatBebop
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:41:59 AM
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I never had in problems with 3.00, but I also don't have Uncharted to know if it would freeze or not. But I never had any Dual shock 3 problems.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:43:08 AM
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I guess I'm one of the few who likes 3.0. i didn't like it much at first but it's grown on me. I didn't have any problems with it either. Both my slim and 60gb models work fine after 3.0 and after 3.01. I guess I can agree the Friends list design is a tad out of place but I won't say I hate it. I agree with Whooka, being forced to patch a new firmware so soon does show a lack of attention to any potential problems that may occur. However, should Sony really be expected to test every game before releasing a new update? There really was no way for Sony to know Uncharted would have problems given the many many games that get released or have been released.

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Hezzron
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:50:37 AM
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I think firmware updates is just another way the government monitors us. I don't trust them.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:58:54 PM

You might be right about that. ;)

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Gregory Freeman
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 4:24:45 PM

big brother is always watching...

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Dingodial
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 9:35:29 PM

Eagle Eye LOL

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JPHarvey
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 11:52:01 AM
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I didn't have problems with 3.00 on my original 60Gig but I did have trouble on the 80 gig bought 1 month ago. The DualShocks were very long to sync and sometimes would not sync at all. I had to use the cable or restart the PS3. I will try the 3.01 update on the 80 gig system but not on the original one.

For the looks of the XMB, I always like new stuff, as long as it works.

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therabbitkinge
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:10:54 PM
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Well speaking of things that need fixing, I got LBP GOTY edition yestersay and found out the code doesn't work!!! No matter how I input the code its no good (T_T) I know it unrelated but im at a loss here anybody know anything about it? Ben in all your infinite wisdom help me!

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Gregory Freeman
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 4:22:47 PM

do believe you have 2 wait until the MNR beta starts (december 2009) ... head here http://www(dot)us.playstation(dot)com/modnation/ModNationBeta.aspx

and sign up for the mailing list... this will notify you when the beta begins...

heyy, im not ben, nor do i have infinite wisdom, but what i do have is google ;) so its close enough



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coverton341
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:12:57 PM
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Hey I just noticed that when watching a movie, DVD so far is all I have checked, I can rotate the right stick and it will fast forward and reverse up to 4x. I hadn't noticed it before 3.00 and I did not see it advertised as a new feature in 3.00 so have I just totally missed something or is it a new undisclosed feature of 3.00?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:33:39 PM

I'm pretty sure they disclosed it in some form or another. I forgot about this feature until you mentioned it but I do remember hearing about it prior to 3.0's release.

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dso8515
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 2:27:45 PM

Yeah this was something that came with 3.0 when it released and they did make note of it somewhere. I think I remember reading it on the PS Blog, either that or in the release notes when I installed the new firmware.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:36:37 PM
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Well I praise Sony for snapping to it. 3.0 is really nice but if they buggered an older game then yeah, get on in right away. They did, and now I can finish up my Uncharted trophies.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 12:37:46 PM
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Well, I wonder if a once-repaired 60 GB might be immune to failure. That's what I want answered.

Anyway, once Trine or some big demo arrives, I'm going to have to download it. I'm just being cautious.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 1:05:45 PM

I dont think any piece of technology or electronic device is immune to failure. Once fixed though I would assume the chances of it failing again are less likely.

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www
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 2:06:13 PM

Refurbished units are most likely to fail as opposed to a new one. If possible get a Slim.

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Deleted User
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 2:47:29 PM

My console is not refurbished. I bought it new, it died on me shortly after 2.00 and was repaired. No update has bricked it since. However, even if this is really not a huge update, the fact that this update is a 3.00 concerns me. I don't want a Slim because I don't need one.

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JcBball717
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 2:05:17 PM
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My white dualshock is still having the same problem after i installed 3.01....soooo now what do i do?

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frylock25
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 10:56:56 PM

get enough sour diesel to forget you even have a white one ;)

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JcBball717
Thursday, September 17, 2009 @ 1:53:49 PM

hahah i did that... but i still need the white one to work

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Charger7302
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 4:26:54 PM
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I'm glad Sony fixed the issues some have been having. I understand the too many ps store icons arguement but I feel that it's not that much of a deal. Personally, I liked update 3.00. The "what's new" section is pretty sweet.
My only complaint about 3.00 is, why did they get rid of the spiderman playstation 3 text that comes up after a game is started. I hate the look of the new ps3 logo and it should not have been force on us, non ps3 slim owners.


Oh and does anyone know if Sony will ever support netflix via the ps3? I just signed on to netlix and I have the option of streaming movies but I don't have anything beside my pc to stream from, and I don't really like watching movies on that 20 inch moniter.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:34:30 PM

I miss the Playstation logo and tone at game start up too :( they need to bring that back. I can't think of any cosmetic reason to get rid of it.

As for Netflix, that would be neat. Give MS more competition. I believe you can stream media from your PC to your PS3 with certain softwares. Maybe stream Netflix to the PC then to the PS3? Highlander or LimitedVeritgo might be able to help with that.

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therabbitkinge
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:26:32 PM
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@ canuck pride=thanks im online from my phone and ever since she malfunctioned I've only been able to access my bookmarks and so my information gathering has been lacking lately T_T not only that but im still late to both these firmware updates T_T

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clue
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 6:35:50 PM
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when are they gonna fix it so the ps3 can read NTFS format hardrives, or make it so it remembers your wireless settings when you move from one place to another and not have to re enter all your settings over and over when you go visiting. instead of making it look good make it work first.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 7:30:49 PM
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Never had a problem with 3.00

In fact, everything ran perfectly with 3.00 for me. Heck even Uncharted lol

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Dingodial
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 9:38:09 PM
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I'll just wait until the next forced update releases. Maybe then they will have everything fixed. But until then, I'll stick with 2.50

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frylock25
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:00:10 PM

so are you using 2.5 and still able to get on the store and online in games?

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H8WL3R
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 @ 10:17:26 PM
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I (luckily and thus far) haven't really had any major issues with 3.00. The only tecnhical bug/glitch (which still irritates me enough) is the fact that the vibration function seems to be absent in some of the older titles that had the rumble implemented in them afterwards.

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___________
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 3:06:38 AM
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not completely fixed.
theres still people having problems with uncharted, and yes ive read a few posts with peoples bluray drive coincidentally refusing to work after the update.
coincidence?
i think not.
sigh can sony release 1 FW update, (1 just 1 thats all im asking) that does not screw something up?

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frylock25
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 @ 11:04:50 PM
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i installed 3.0 and had a problem with my dualshock. when it would time itself out it would lose sync. otherwise it seemed to work ok. i ended up using my sixaxis for like 2 weeks. i also was playin uncharted for the first time i had one freeze towards the end of the game. i restarted the ps3 and finished the game. now after 3.01 my dualshock seems to be fine and i havent gotten back through unchared to see if it freezes again on me.

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drizztgt
Monday, September 21, 2009 @ 12:25:41 AM
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After the 3.01 update, my PS3 no longer plays Blu-rays (games or movies). DVDs work fine.

Ran across this thread looking for people with similar problems.

It's a Sony firmware problem, pure and simple, and not just a bunch of people whining (well, we're doing that too :) ).

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