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Sony Quietly Re-Releases Update 3.41 For PlayStation 3

This sort of flew in under the radar and most PlayStation 3 owners will probably never know it happened.

Even so, it's good to have the info. Some PS3 owners complained of problems associated with the latest firmware update, even though Sony was insistent in their claims that update 3.41 didn't have any impact on the main issue (swapping in a new HDD). And officially, Sony hasn't said the update caused any problems...so how come we have a new version of firmware 3.41? According to a post made at the PS3News forum, there's a distinct technical difference between the "new" 3.41 and the "old" 3.41; there's even a pic of the code comparison. We're no good at interpreting that kind of thing, but the consensus appears to be positive: whatever Sony did, it fixed the HDD issues. Perhaps they didn't want to acknowledge that 3.41 really was flawed in some way, or maybe they just weren't convinced the problem was widespread enough to make it public. But hey, a fix is a fix is a fix. Why look a gift horse in the mouth?

So if you haven't downloaded firmware update 3.41 for your PS3 yet, when you go to do it, you'll receive the "new" version. Shouldn't pose any problems.

Tags: ps3 firmware, playstation 3 update, firmware update

8/2/2010 8:57:40 PM John Shepard

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Comments (58 posts)

Snaaaake
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 9:45:23 PM
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And I just got my new PS3 2 days ago.
Right on time indeed.

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frylock25
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 9:54:49 PM
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i had no problems with the install. good to hear sony is always makin sure things are workin right.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:00:25 PM
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Scary.

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NightHawk17
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:10:01 PM

yea this seems suspicious. some of the guys may have been right when they said it was a security update

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:26:03 PM

And we know Sony sneaks things in there.

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hellish_devil
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:12:20 PM
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Updating an update??

LOL

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gangan19
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:23:54 PM
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Humans make mistakes all the time, sony still has there's, glad they try to fix the fix

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packersfan66
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:37:21 PM
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If there's any gripe i have with the ps3 is how there have been multiple updates that have reportedly caused problems. Scares me a little bit every time i see a new one I have to install.

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BikerSaint
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:43:01 PM
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The original 3.41 update may had a hidden feature after all......

It's been discovered that hidden within the firmware is a new incremental download patch, which allows the PS3 to download patches that are smaller than their traditionally large updates.

The update supposedly allows the PS3 to only download the additional information it needs to bring the existing firmware up to date.

Previously the PS3 console would re-download the new firmware entirely, which most of
the time was largely comprised of old data. This update could make both downloading and installation a far less painful experience.

The update's sure to enhance the "auto-download" feature in PlayStation Plus too.


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fluffer nutter
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 11:00:25 PM

It wasn't a hidden feature update. It was already announced that updates would be incremental but not everyone knew about it nor what it meant. The problem was caused because people thought they could just upgrade the HDD and then use a USB flash drive to update the system to 3.41. Sony should have just made the direct download (via PC) a full firmware download to avoid any problems. All people would have had to do is update to 3.40 and then update to 3.41. People didn't save 3.40 on their computers so they were stuck. Hopefully, they learned their lesson and don't delete the firmware updates.

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Highlander
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 11:13:01 PM

LOL FlufferNutter! Beat you to it by 3 minutes and two seconds.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 1:29:22 AM

I noticed that. I started typing and then had to tend to the kids before I could hit enter.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 1:35:29 PM

@ fluffer

When I upgraded to a 500gb HD in my slim, all I did was did was go to playstation.com and downloaded the most current update to my external harddrive from my PC. After that I USB'd it to my ps3 and it automatically recognized it. Before I did that my PS3 would not boot up because the latest update was not on my ext. HD will all my backups. I don't think you actually need firmware updates 'saved' on your computer. You can just download it to flash or usb ext. HD.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 9:51:53 PM

So, you're telling me that your system already had 3.40, you downloaded 3.41, installed the new hard drive, and everything went smoothly? Because that's the scenario that I'm talking about.

As for firmware updates, anyone that is PC-minded knows that you keep backups of the firmware files, should anything go awry.

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shadowscorpio
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 1:04:55 PM

@ fluffer

I stand corrected. Sorry about that. Actually didn't conceive what you posted correctly.

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Highlander
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 10:57:23 PM
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Before anyone else puts on a tinfoil hat and thinks conspiracy. I've done some digging on this over the last few days. Here is what happened.

Sony (as BikerSaint pointed out) released this firmware update as an *incremental* update. Which mean that the download could be faster because it only included the components of 3.41 that were different from 3.40.

No, the reason this is a problem is that if you are upgrading your HDD, when you put the new drive into your system, there is no firmware except the part in the flash ROM. The system has to ask for a firmware to install. People were downloading 3.41 to a USB stick and attempting to use that. But because it is an *incremental* update it's not a complete firmware. You have to have a previous firmware in place already for it to work.

The solution for most was simply to download a copy of 3.40 and use that one to perform the HDD upgrade and then allow the PS3 to finish the job of going to 3.41 in the normal manner.

This has nothing to do with adding hidden security features or other nefarious things. Someone simply didn't anticipate and test the situation where a user used the 3.41 incremental update as the firmware when upgrading an HDD in a PS3.

Simple, no ill-motive, and no big news really.

This is why I said, on the day it was released, that you don't generally do incremental firmware updates.

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NonProphet
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 11:22:27 PM
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My PS3 just died for good so I'm not concerned about the update, but I did read reports about the problem that occurred. That can't have been high percentage of people that were swapping out their drives during that very specific timeframe, but obviously there was an issue. Too bad they can't patch hardware problems.

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kraygen
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 11:27:14 PM
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Just another reason I really like sony, even when it's not a problem for everyone, they'll do what they can to fix it.

I appreciate that kind of loyalty to their customers.

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NeoHumpty
Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 11:27:33 PM
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This is why the automatic updates scare me. I like turning on my ps3 to see that I have new demos and game updates, but the firmware is iffy. I usually hold off to see if others are having problems, because, well, it wouldn't be the first time.

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 12:15:54 AM

What are you talking about? The automatic update feature will *NOT* install a firmware update without your instruction to do so. It will download it, but not install it. the download is automatic, the install is manual.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 7:24:38 AM

Sorry. I must have been thrown off by the term "Automatic Update". I turned it off last time there was a FW release until I saw that the blog wasn't blowing up, then did it manually. Thanks for the heads up.

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RebelJD
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 1:15:12 AM
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Very cool, I definitely came across articles on this online a few times. I'm glad to see that my fellow PS3 users who put in their own HDD aren't being ignored. Right on Sony.

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booze925
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 2:02:32 AM
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still waiting on my video and music playback in a chat room, cross-game chat, and updated internet browser sony...
get to it!

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 1:41:23 PM

Actually I wouldn't mind a solid browser upgrade seeing has how we can't install other operating systems anymore. Does anyone else have a problem where the ps3 browser continues to freeze from time to time?

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 2:03:48 PM

LOL, my PS3 browser froze about 2 and a half years ago, and I won't attempt to thaw it out until it's replaced by something that world.

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Fane1024
Thursday, August 05, 2010 @ 5:13:01 PM

Does anyone NOT have the problem where the browser locks up the system virtually every time you use it?

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___________
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 4:05:30 AM
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ahhh, typical sony so gutless instead of owning up they f*cked up they try sweep it under the rug!
that is what i hate about companies these days, there so gutless!
sony, M$, apple.
they cant admit they made a mistake, screwed up and own up too it.
no its always the customers fault!
its your fault your ps3 YLOD, its your fault your 360 scratches the hell out of disks, its your fault your iphone looses reception every time you pick it up!
god, is it so hard to say yeah we stuffed up were sorry were fixing it?
how hard is that!?

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Qubex
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 4:18:22 AM

I wouldn't go that far "_______________" - but I know what you mean. You wonder what these corporates are playing at...

I am more sensitive to this now, especially after the Linux debacle, but that is just me.

I still think, and I am sure all agree, the PS3 presents very good value for money for gamers generally.

Great exclusives, and a well built product, but sometime Sony does make life interesting...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 8:27:15 AM

In my experience, those technical issues don't occur if you take care of your equipment properly. I have never had a system of mine fail. Ever. Most YLOD's are actually people's fault for leaving their systems on 24/7 and in poorly ventilated areas. (How many people do you know keep their system in an enclosed shelf?)

The same thing happens to laptops and computers. Put a blanket over it and it will warp the mother board eventually.

See, so many of these issues are preventable because people don't know about their property. They come with instruction manuals and instructions. Most people never read them. So they don't leave systems in a ventilated area. And they don't have the know-how to understand the difference between a 3.40, 3.41, and 3.50 firmware update. Most people have no idea why they would jump from 3.30 to 3.40 without any numbers in the middle.

What's funny, is that if you had read any of the comments, it would have been made clear to you that it is indeed people's fault for trying to manually download a partial firmware update instead of a full one. Because people didn't know. What's funnier still?

Highlander called it.

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___________
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 8:44:37 AM

but thats the problem they knew this would happen but what did they do to prevent it?
sony are just like M$, they knew certain things were going to cause problems but did they do anything to prevent it?
nope, they just wait for it to happen than run around like headless chooks trying to fix it!
sony knew about the date bug, they knew it was going to happen, the same thing happened to windows mobile phones if memory serves me.
but did they fix it?
not, until it happened!
as the saying goes PREVENTION is better than CURE!

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 10:06:49 AM

To be fair, it's possible (but not entirely desirable) that the technical folks who handle the update became aware of the issue thanks to various forum posts and customer feedback calls, realized the issue with the incremental update and re-issued the firmware in a way that supports the HDD upgrade circumstances. I know that whenever one of the processes I am involved with has a (relatively) small issue that affects a small but vocal group of users, priority number 1 is to get the fix live. Priority 2 is to tell folks - usually once the fix is live. Our senior management doesn't always appreciate that, but our users prefer action to Management soothsaying.

Ideally in this case, the technical folks would have gone through their trouble shooting and fix process and at the same time a spokes-critter should have been updating as soon as Sony identified the flaw and fixed it. I personally haven't seen a press release, they may be hoping that since it affected only a small proportion of all PS3 users, and was not a terminal problem, that simply fixing it first is a better way to calm things down.

As for the YLOD, electronics fail. Anything with moving parts fails more often than solid state. The fans, BluRay drive and HDDs move, and consequently can fail. The HSF is attached with a thermal compound that - like all thermal compounds - has a certain life expectancy. At some point in the life of some PS3s the fan might start to perform less efficiently reducing the cooling efficiency, or the BluRay drive might fall below specs, or the HDD might simply flake out. Slightly worse would be failing performance of the thermal compound. But let's be brutally honest here, after nearly 4 years some units will begin to fail due to what might be termed wear and tear issues like these, that is to be expected. A small proportion of all new units of any CE device are shipped with components that pass tests but have minor flaws that over time turn into failures. This is unavoidable.

The way you describe it, it's some kind of design issue that you think Sony should be aware of and should fix free-gratis. That'd be fine except of course that it's not a design flaw, it's simple reality.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 10:27:44 AM

And once again, a conspiracy theory is put to rest by someone who knows what's going on. Which was my point. If you understand the technology, you know how to avoid or prevent most issues.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 1:43:58 PM


@ "-------------"
Do you have any facts to back up that rant of yours? If you do then fine but unless you know for FACT the ins and outs of 'why' someone did what they did, you shouldn't make hasty generalizations or assume things.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 9:54:45 PM

shadowscorpio wrote:
"...you shouldn't make hasty generalizations or assume things."

That's all this kid does. Read more of his posts and you'll see more proof.

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shadowscorpio
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 1:12:11 PM

Lol! I have. I just never bothered responding to him before. Namely because Ben or someone put his theories to shame quite swifly so there was no need.

But like a cockroach, he keeps coming back with his fallacy driven rants.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 3:33:53 PM

I personally think most of the time he writes out his thoughts, expecting us to read and accept them, and then never returns to see us discounting his comments.

If he did, he'd know the difference between "than" and "then" by now. A couple of us tell him all the time... Still not fixed.

Also, "there", "their", and "they're".

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Fane1024
Thursday, August 05, 2010 @ 5:21:13 PM

Underdog,

The YLOD occurs because there are weaknesses in the PS3's design/manufacture. There is not enough margin of error with regards to overheating, so it is FAR too easy for the PS3 to overheat and for the sub-par soldering (?) to flow out of its proper position. The Blu-ray drive and power supply are also too likely to fail.

None of this is surprising given how bleeding edge the tech was in 2006, nor are the problems as bad as with the 360, but they are design flaws.

You are more likely to have the YLOD if you abuse/neglect your PS3, but it can happen regardless. Just because it hasn't happened to you yet doesn't meant it won't.

Edit: Highlander's points are also valid, but the PS3's failure rate is well above industry average, so I would still maintain it's due to less-than-ideal design.

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Qubex
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 4:06:55 AM
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:: Rant ::

I feel it is a useless update though. Sony could be doing quite a bit more in making the PS3 do everything. I can't remember where I read it now, in the past couple of days, but a user made a very detailed list of what the PS3 actually doesn't do, including how poor the browser is, even with websites that are Sony based...

I just feel that some of the features are still half implemented and that it doesn't cover everything. The Flash player is always a version or 2 behind. Streaming music over the internet and the like can be difficult. Basically the system works as long as you stick to websites and services Sony want you to use; moving away from those can cause problems.

Anyway, I use my PS3 the best way I can. it hasn't given too many problems... but I still feel the system is restricted to some extent...

I am just not blinded by the Sony hype anymore. If it does what I want it to do I am happy. The games are good and I get tons of fun out of it... but it still doesn't encompass everything I want from a multi-media setup...

I am still hurting that I had to lose my Linux functionality, that really helped a lot. Very disappointed Sony took this feature away when I decided to get the machine because it permitted me to use it for generally "low-power" computing tasks. I could browse the web on Fire Fox and write documents using Open Office... now I just play games on it, but it defeated the purposes of me getting it in the first place.

I was fortunate that work scrapped an old laptop. I put Linux on it and it works a treat, so now I have the laptop in my room and not the PS3...

The PS3 is in the lounge, and only use it when I want to play a game... before I would use it for everything... To play movies I use VLC player on my laptop for the better quality MKV file types, something users have been asking Sony to implement in the PS3... but alas we wait...

Just remember one thing also... being in Singapore, and having all these restrictive net stupidities in place... I can't even enjoy all the actual services Sony offer... that is more the point here... I can't enjoy Hulu or Netflix, I can't watch music videos online like the British can... all in all my PS3 is hobbled, and now, without Linux... well I am truly hobbled and rely on my Linux laptop. I access those restricted sites using a PROXY server... which is ok I guess...

Now that I think about it, I could probably set up a proxy for the PS3 to use and tunnel through to the US and UK sites, but it is such a damn hassle...

:: Rant ::

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 8:36:33 AM

Yeah, I wish some of the passive traits of the PS3 were better. Web browsing is a good case in point. They could release some other good computer based software as well... even if it was through the PSN.

As for the otherOS feature, it sucks that some nard-tard had to get a huge ego and ruin it for everybody. I understand why Sony removed it, and I support that action. However, I wish they could have done something to make up for the removed service. A better web browser would have been a great start.

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 10:08:28 AM

Indeed Underdog, I'm with you all the way on the browser and the man-child leet hax0r ::rolls eyes:: with maturity issues and delusions of grandeur.

Qubex, excluding the discussion of OtherOS - which I recognize is a major issue for a specific group of users - you seem to be complaining primarily about the Web Browser and related features like Flash compatibility and audio streaming off the Net. These are tertiary functions of the PS3. The core function of the PS3 is that it is a gaming device. The secondary functions are media features such as BluRay and DVD playback, local music playback either CD or MP3 and so forth. The tertiary features relate to non gaming tasks that might be carried out on a PC by many people. The Browser sits fair and square in this category, and is therefore not high on the priority list for Sony.

Many of the capabilities like Hulu in the US or the British market's music video delivery are services that are external to the PS3 and are *local* to their markets. That's not Sony's fault, that's just a commercial reality. Much of your complain seems to stem from the number of services not available to you in your region, rather than things that Sony has hobbled the PS3 with.

As far as much or video streaming from the Net is concerned. I have a 5 year old PC running a compatible - and free - media server application and it streams to My PS3 just fine. It's actually better because my Internet connection isn't fast enough for real time video streaming (it sucks) and so the PC downloads certain video from Hulu and like places letting me view on the PS3 without issues.

As for the browser, I have said since before Day 1 that Sony could/should work with Mozilla on a PS3 specific build of the main version of Firefox. Flash compatibility is an issue that Sony faces because of the inability of their browser to keep up. That said, Flash is a pig of a protocol, bandwidth intensive and comes with it's own DRM. The regular updates to Flash change it's DRM each time. I'd guess that Sony would need to get adobe to provide a Flash plug-in for the PS3 with each update to Flash. I don't know, but I suspect that Adobe would charge Sony for that privilege, which makes it less likely that Sony will do it.

Still, great rant. I love a good rant, it gets the blood moving and provokes response and thought.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 1:50:03 PM

You all give good points. I'm concerned with Sony lack of improving their browser myself. At the very least make up for the install OS service that was taken away.

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whooka
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 1:54:56 PM

Well put, Qubex. Ironically while alot of your restrictions stem from your locale, Sony has been doing a pretty good job at slowly restricting alot of the actual 'quality' functionality in the PS3 pretty much everywhere these days, but welcome to the corporate console of the future were everything is pushed or DLC that you never actually own and they get more paranoid about piracy as more and more things reside locally so keep trying to wrap it up tighter and tighter. With Sony's history of firmware releases I still don't like the fact one has to be updated to log on to the PSN as some of us like to wait until it's been out in the wild a few days to see if something like this hdd issue occurs. Whether or not a bug like that effects x number of users is besides the point, and people who don't care because it didn't specifically effect them are the perfect consumer because they are missing the point: Sony doesn't fully test firmware updates. I myself had a system bricked by one about two years ago (others had systems bricked by the same update). Once they decided to remove the Other O/S option (and a week later announced their involvement in Google TV) I pretty much gave up on the PS3 being anything other then a game console which, despite what the fanboys here will say, is DIFFERENT then how it was originally marketed. Sony used to emphasize the actual cool 'technical' stuff like Other O/S the PS3 could do (there's press releases from the launch, etc, where they expound upon how this sort of thing elevates the console above the competition). But judging from forum replies here more people think Facebook integration is more valuable then being able to run and learn Linux. I weep for the future but in alot of ways this does not surprise me, esp here in the States because we're idiots in general. Sony definitely does do things to the console via firmware updates they do not tell the consumers about, and their shady licensing agreement allows for this, and they have still never clarified why removal of the Other O/S feature was a 'security' measure (you want a 'secure' device then take out the Internet), which it's fairly common knowledge that this was more of a move to prevent piracy due to Sony Pictures division and their love affair with the MPAA, but again, welcome to corporate console 2010. The last few firmware updates had things that could easily have been done without having to actually flash the firmware and the past few updates have been 'consumer-centric' where it's all just portals for more e-commerce crap.

As for Hulu, Google TV, Netflix, etc, I love to watch them and companies like Sony try to integrate this stuff and keep it DRM heavy so you never own it. Results and quality always suck and those of us who can will just keep leeching 720p/1080p mkv files and use little wd media players ($80 or less) and usb hard drives ($80 for 500GB) for video playback and the media corporations will get absolutely nothing from us at all. They all need to wake up and realize that now distribution is a privilege, not a right. They don't own nothing anymore esp when it comes to media. Just about every single album, tv show, movie, comic book, etc, has already been digitized, often in a much higher quality format then what they want to charge you for the DRM version, and is floating around in cyberspace, all originally put there by folks who had no intention of making money from it.

I now only use my PS3 for games and that's it, and there's not even been that many good ones out lately. Unfortunately Sony and the developers can't blame piracy for their bad sales, hehe.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 3:19:36 PM

@Whoooka
huh?

I've never heard of a good number of things there. Interesting...

But who here said something about wanting Facebook integration?

But again, to most of your comment...
huh??! Corporate conspiracies?

By the way, not all firmware updates are mandatory. And you never have to install them. You are given the option. So you have no excuse to research the updates before installing them. I have never had an issue with updates, ever. Aside from that, the only bellyaching you're doing is directed at the Other OS feature. While I do believe in some corporations having minimal conspiracies, I do not believe this is one. However, I do sympathize to a degree. I do think they need to make some sort of amends for removing the Other OS feature. On the other hand, the PS3 has never been a legitimate replacement for a desktop or laptop computer.

In the end, we'll never fully agree. I do not believe everyone is entitled to free this and free that. Anything beyond human need is a luxury. I believe there are good organizations the contribute to addressing those who cannot support their own needs, and I support and hope others support them financially and with action as well. However, for luxury, like tv shows, movies, music, etc. those are afforded, digital or not, by those that have the means to pay for them. It is, afterall, often originally distributed by those who hope to meet their own needs and luxury through it's production.

No one is entitled to free theft without consequence. It's unfortunate not everyone can afford luxury, but it is a necessary fact of life. What is truly strange, however, is that someone might consider the notion of paying for a luxury some sort of conspiracy theory. A business seeks out monopolization of whatever it distributes. That's a fact of business and a fact of life.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 4:21:50 PM

Whooka, dude, I don't know where you are coming from with this stuff. I really don't.

But I will address one thing that you said (and only one because I just can't even grasp the illogic of some of your rant).

You said "As for Hulu, Google TV, Netflix, etc, I love to watch them and companies like Sony try to integrate this stuff and keep it DRM heavy so you never own it."

Just let's be clear here shall we. The DRM that protects the content supplied through Hulu, Google TV, and Netflix is there to protect that content against theft by people who take it and redistribute it to others. That DRM has nothing, let me say that again - nothing, to do with Sony. These services are third party services that you access through the Internet. The reasons for DRM and the necessity of it are sad, and really a shame, but one of the aspects of the internet is that ease of access allows an infinitesimal number of bad apples to spoil the entire crop.

You know, your life would be easier if you didn't construct far reaching theories on how one corporation or another conspires with itself to hurt you.

By the way, for a secure device, you need look no further than your PS3. The PS3 on the other hand will be 4 years old in three months time and has yet to be successfully hacked. Perhaps it's time will come, but for now it remains secure because of Sony's design and ongoing efforts to keep it secure.

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mehrab2603
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 5:58:22 AM
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Agree with you totally Qubex.How convenient it would have been if they added mkv support,better web browser and better file management system.

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JackC8
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 7:17:09 AM
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Considering how they're trying to push the concept of full games being downloaded, you'd think they'd be a bit more careful about screwing up people who are in the process of upgrading their hard drive.

And now everybody has to download another update to fix the previous update. There really needs to be a personnel shakeup in that department at Sony. This crap has been going on for far too long.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 8:31:27 AM

I've never had a problem with firmware updates. Also, check out the comments section. It's because people tried to manually update an HDD that have no firmware with a partial firmware update.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 10:44:41 AM

He's right. The consumer's ignorance has gone on for far too long.

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JackC8
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 1:11:27 PM

I've never had a problem either, but they've certainly admitted that various updates in the past have caused problems, and that's what's happened again.

I just installed a new HD a month ago - I guess I'm pretty lucky I didn't wait until more recently to do it. When you install a new HD you have to load the latest firmware update before you can do anything with your PS3. But in this case Sony produced an update that wouldn't work in that circumstance. I really don't see how that's the consumers fault. Was there another update that people were given the option of downloading if they had just installed a new drive? Obviously no one knew of this problem in advance, so there wasn't anything a person could have done to avoid it.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 1:53:18 PM

If you had updated it through the playstation, it wouldn't have been a problem. Or if you backed up your HDD to transfer to your new HDD, it would not have been a problem. The problem was from people going to the site, and manually downloading the partial firmware update, putting it on a flash drive, then transferring it over to the PS3. I don't use the PC method, so I'm unsure if could download the full version or not.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 9:57:00 PM

JackC8, read again. The problem was that people DIDN'T install the latest fw before installing a new HDD.

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JPBooch
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 8:32:32 AM
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From what I read, the problem was when you installed the firmware after a hdd transfer. Therefore, no one needs the fix unless you are installing the firmware onto a new hdd. I can see why they pushed it out without making a public announcement. They frankly didn't have to. It doesn't affect anyone who isn't updating their harddrive and when they do, they have to dl the new firmware anyway.

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 10:22:14 AM

Bingo.

Not only that but even for those affected it was non-fatal to their PS3. Making a big media splash would be counter productive at this point.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 10:50:20 AM

So true. To further expound on the matter, I believe that dropping the price of the PS3 has brought on the influx of newbs that feel the need to attack a company on things they do not know rather than troubleshoot and help themselves. But, I will digress. What more can one do for the common consumer?

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Russell Burrows
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 8:52:57 PM
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@Highlander
html5 is kicking flash to the curb.

@Qubex
Ubuntu 10 on a laptop and for kicks virtualbox to run win 7, xp and vista on a linux laptop with no dualboot.
www.virtualbox.org

its free and its cool to run virtual systems.

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 @ 9:40:48 PM

Yeah, I know, but that still doesn't mean it'll appear on the PS3.

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Russell Burrows
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 5:19:12 PM
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Today?
Nah.
Tomorrow the future belongs to H264 and html5.

A much needed PS3 browser overhaul is needed but I strongly suspect that html5 and H264 browser support will be left until PS4.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 9:02:31 PM

Why? The CellBE is far more than capable of handling html5 and H264, without even thinking about breaking a sweat. The browser overhaul that is needed isn't so much an overhaul as it is a total replacement.

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