Sony has now launched a new version of its latest PS3 Firmware, 2.41, following the disastrous events of last week.
Anticipation among PS3 owner for Firmware 2.40 was very high as it was set to unlock new features in the PS3 that have been highly sought after almost since the PS3 first saw the light of day. Unfortunately, when the long-awaited day arrived there was a bit of a glitch – an error installation turned some users’ consoles into big shiny black bricks.
The problem, believed to stem from an error in the final installation process, caused some launch model PS3s to seize up on the intro screen. A solution was found, but it involves reformatting the console’s hard disc and losing all of your save data, videos, music, pictures and anything else you had stored. Not exactly ideal.
As a result, Sony had to pull the old Firmware for “further testing”. There’s no indication whether Firmware 2.41 will magically fix the problems caused by the last one, but given the nature of the error, we highly doubt it.
Firmware’s 2.40 and 2.41 add a lot of much needed functionality to the system and should help it stay competitive with the rival Xbox 360. However, the upgrades have merely drawn it in line with features which the 360 offered right from the word go. Even now, the PS3 is still lacking a number of important things, such as private voice chat in-game and individual game invites. After the recent mishaps, it seems unlikely that Sony will be rushing to release these new features and risk a repeat performance.
*Evidence based entirely on the fact that my console did not brick on installing it.