If 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.