Warning: PS3 firmware 4.45 crashing consoles

A new PS3 update may cause your system to become unresponsive. Do not download it at this time.


Update: Sony has pulled the firmware update for now.

Sony has pushed out a new PS3 firmware update. System software 4.45 was supposed to add trophy notification options and improve overall system stability.

Unfortunately, it did quite the opposite.

The PlayStation community forums have blown up with reports of the firmware causing several issues, including causing consoles to become completely unresponsive.

Sony has yet to respond to these issues that have cropped up. In the meantime, PS3 owners are advised not to update to 4.45 at this time (although it may already be too late for some members of the Shacknews community).

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    June 18, 2013 9:43 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Warning: PS3 firmware 4.45 crashing consoles.

    A new PS3 update may cause your system to become unresponsive. Do not download it at this time.

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      June 18, 2013 9:49 PM

      Probably Microsoft hacking it to save face.

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        June 18, 2013 9:58 PM

        Imagine this happened with Xbone. Instant bricking of their whole install base.

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          June 18, 2013 9:59 PM

          oh, true! :O

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          June 18, 2013 10:16 PM


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          June 18, 2013 10:18 PM

          Yes, automatic updates are always applied to every single device at the same time. Nobody would ever roll them out incrementally over a few days or anything!

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            June 18, 2013 10:24 PM

            Oddly enough, I think Microsoft of all companies probably has the most experience and best track record with this.

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          June 18, 2013 10:18 PM

          i love it. sony is actually fucking up right now and bricking consoles and one of the first comments? how bad it would be if microsoft did it.

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            June 18, 2013 10:21 PM

            It is absolutely insane but it makes me wonder about something.

            Say your Xbox One dies and needs to be replaced, so you get a new one. Will your games tied your account and first machine all have the 1 hour online check on the new system as shared games do, or will the license for the main console & 24 hour check carry over to the new system?

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              June 18, 2013 10:22 PM

              i'd imagine it'd carry over, though you might have to register the hardware or something.

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              June 18, 2013 10:23 PM

              If it's like the 360, you can xfer the base license to a new console once a year.

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                June 19, 2013 12:49 AM

                Why is this limited?

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                  June 19, 2013 5:53 AM

                  Because until the original comes back online, it still has a valid entitlement to all of the games as well. So... actually, dunno how the xbone works.

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              June 18, 2013 10:36 PM

              Since there's the 24-hour check built into every system your live account probably won't ever be really "tied" to a specific xbox one. It doesn't matter if you're playing on your primary xbox one, the one in the spare room, or at a friends house. All your games will expire on either of those consoles if they haven't checked into XBL.

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                June 18, 2013 10:46 PM

                I forgot about the 1 hour check on non-primary consoles. But still, there isn't much incentive to try and loan out or sell your primary xbox one with a huge library of games if it all expires after 24 hours.

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              June 18, 2013 10:38 PM

              I would think, under that circumstance, your old games and purchases could be recovered via your Gamertag.

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              June 19, 2013 6:51 AM

              You would transfer your gamertag over, as you can do on the current xbox.

              Right now, you have to transfer your profile to login, they're going to extend the system so that you have an option when you log in to set the console as your current. I suspect they'll lower the lock-out from one year (360) to a week or even less because of the online 24h check requirement.

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            June 18, 2013 10:46 PM

            Haha yes, exactly what I was thinking.

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            June 18, 2013 10:57 PM

            Microsoft kind of already did it a few years ago but they offered a new system and a year of XBL for those that were affected.


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            June 19, 2013 4:43 AM

            I've heard more than a few times updates bringing the rrod on 360.

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      June 18, 2013 10:04 PM

      I may have dodged a bullet here. I just disabled auto-updates on my PS3 a couple of days ago to cut down on the fan noise. Talk about good timing.

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      June 18, 2013 10:37 PM

      Knock on wood but I've got an old fat PS3, and I've replaced the hard drive and I let the update install earlier today. Seemed to work fine, in fact the wife is watching Netflix on it right now.

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        June 19, 2013 12:41 AM

        haha good - when i got that msg from you as you were updating and then heard about this, i was wondering if it was brick city for you or not.

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          June 19, 2013 7:31 AM

          I fired it back up this morning before I left the house and it still booted. It's an old 20 gig model with a 250 gig drive thrown in. I read somewhere last night it seemed more likely to hit people with 500+ gig drives, but I don't know how real that is.

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      June 18, 2013 11:14 PM

      Download 4.45 to your ps3! Just in time for the PS4!

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      June 19, 2013 12:48 AM

      Console gaming just isn't what it used to be....

      Think the term bricked is abused a quite bit. All these ps3's can still enter safe mode to install a fix when released.

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      June 19, 2013 1:31 AM

      Dayum, anyone with PSN+ with the auto patch feature have any issues?

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        June 19, 2013 3:28 AM

        Shit, I didn't even think to check. All I know for sure is that my PS3 was working last night sometime after the PSN store updated. I don't know if that was before or after the patch.

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        June 19, 2013 5:03 AM

        I patched yesterday D:

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      June 19, 2013 4:55 AM

      Well thank god for Last of Us, meaning I was playing it instead of COD and didnt have to update to play single! Woooo

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      June 19, 2013 5:08 AM

      Sony has pulled it for now. No more worries.

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      June 19, 2013 5:09 AM

      Well shit. I updated last night because I wanted to browse the PSN Store (can't enter without the latest update) and the system worked fine. I left it on overnight to download XCOM; now I'm afraid to turn the console off for fear it won't turn back on. >:{

      Looks like my PS3's pulling an all-dayer so I can grab the fix ASAP.

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        June 19, 2013 5:11 AM

        This is literally where I am right now.

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          June 19, 2013 5:48 AM

          Deathlove: What the fuck do we do, Cradodck?
          Craddock: Keep your voice down. We--
          Craddock: *slaps Deathlove* Snap out of it, man! We need to focus. We need a plan.
          Deathlove: *panting heavily* Okay... okay. Sorry. Any ideas?
          Craddock: We need to stay quiet. Our PS3s have been up for hours. They're fading fast, so we need to be vigilant. If the patch catches their scent, it--

          *approaching footsteps, soft but growing louder*

          Deathlove: What's that?
          Craddock: The patch. It's coming.
          Deathlove: *draws his weapon and crouches over his PS3, peering around* Where?
          *more footsteps*

          Craddock: Shit. Shit, shit, shit, shit...
          Deathlove: What's the plan?
          Cradodck: *cocks his gun and stands back to back against Deathlove* Pick them off the moment you see the bytes of their eyes.
          Deathlove: And if I can't? If I miss?
          Craddock: *turns slowly* Then we're dead.


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      June 19, 2013 6:39 AM


      If anyone's machine got bricked, they can update via usb when the next patch comes out. Scource (top post) http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/1gmpci/do_not_update_your_ps3_problems_with_update_445/

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      June 19, 2013 9:23 AM

      Updated last night to check the store. No problems yet and I've turned it on a off a couple times. Not sure if that means I'm safe though. I got an older slim model. I think it was a 120gb one and I threw in a 320gb drive.

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      June 19, 2013 1:06 PM

      Good thing my console is not always online.

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