Minor Glitch Halts Ratchet & Clank PS3, Simple Workaround Solves Issue

A minor bug in North American copies of Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, which shipped to some stores today and comes packed with the rumble-enabling 1.94 firmware update, may prevent players from starting the title, depending on the contents of their PlayStation 3's hard drive.

Much like Insomniac's previous PS3 effort, Resistance: Fall of Man, Ratchet & Clank mandates a brief setup procedure that copies some files onto the console's HDD. However, an unexpected glitch within the game causes it to read the hard drive as full and refuse to install under certain conditions.

"We recently discovered a bug on the US version of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction that some of you may encounter the first time you boot the game," Insomniac community manager James Stevenson told Shacknews. "With specific amounts of free space on your drive, you may see a screen that tells you have insufficient space to create game data even though there is plenty of free space on your drive."

Fortunately, the workaround is a relatively simple one. "When this occurs, either delete or add about 500MB of data to your hard drive and the problem will go away," wrote Stevenson. While this may seem a lofty chore to some, the abundance of downloads in the online PlayStation Store means that relief is, at best, a matter of deleting an old demo or two, and at worst, the task of downloading of a few additional files.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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    October 23, 2007 4:22 PM


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      October 23, 2007 4:25 PM

      Deleting a demo is pretty easy, that's all I had to do.

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        October 23, 2007 4:46 PM

        yeah it would be a real pain in the ass to have to wait for a 500mb download before you could play though. Probably a minor issue for most though.

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          October 23, 2007 4:53 PM

          Yea, I agree. It seems like this will only affect a small number of users, I was the first Insomniac has heard of encountering the problem. It's unlikely that someone who doesn't have some demos will run into the bug, but I wanted to make sure that solution was present just in case.

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          October 23, 2007 5:22 PM

          Yeah, that's why I'm downloading a demo right now, heh.

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            October 23, 2007 5:55 PM

            Maybe this demo you're downloading is putting you in the range of 'won't install' sizes, and you'll just have to delete it again anyway.

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              October 23, 2007 9:14 PM

              It's the Ratchet & Clank demo, 1.6gb

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          October 24, 2007 8:42 AM

          actually a real pain in the ass would be starving to death or maybe being blown up by an ied. having your identity stolen also would go into the pain in the ass category.

          waiting 10 minutes to before being able to play a game?

          NOT a pain in the ass.

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