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First generation fat PS3s bricked by new 3.21 firmware update

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Brick PS3If you've got an old-style bread-bin PlayStation 3 now would be a good time to switch off your internet router. The latest update from Sony's servers is causing nightmares for first generation PS3 owners, bricking their consoles and stopping them from connecting to the internet.

The 3.21 firmware update was intended to remove the 'Install Other OS' widget from the console's system settings menu. While installing Linux onto the console has been a valuable tool for educational institutions, hackers have exploited the option to run illegal ROMs and carry out other naughty practices.

The update however is causing myriad problems. Worst of all are reports of infinite install cycles that cannot be cancelled or undone, but even those lucky enough to have the update work are complaining that their internet connections are now sluggish, their games and blu-ray films will no longer be read by the console and that their HDMI settings randomly and erratically change.

Opting out of the install isn't the best alternative either, as refusing the update locks users out of the online PlayStation Network.

The news comes hot on the heels of the PS3's clock issues, which was also causing PS3 consoles to be unusable. There are now even conspiracy theories flooding forums that Sony are looking to phase out the old-style fat PS3s which have been most plagued by the problems of late.

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  • Macca

    Bricked mine i'm freaked have it for three years now and i treat it like a baby...and no satisfaction from sony what a joke...I originally had a three sixty but t bricked while watching a dvd and now this..Wanna play red dead redemption like

  • Chris

    Ya... my 40GB stopped playing games and blu-rays right after the update too. Way to go Sony! Thanks for nothing.

  • Nick

    My 120G Slim is getting worst since 3.21

  • Kesava

    Mine got bricked. I wish I was as lucky as the rest of you. It's not just me either, the PS3 support forum has one topic with MANY replies about the issue.

  • Raoul

    And what if youre maybe a xbox fanboy and just want to make the people downloading the firmware update to destroy our ps3s?

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