PS3 hack-battling 3.61 update causing consoles to crash?

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Brick PS3Reports are coming in that the latest PlayStation 3 firmware update (version 3.61), designed to counteract the hacking attack that saw Sony’s PSN network down for the best part of a month, is causing consoles to freeze or switch off.

An official Rockstar support page first detailed the problem, following reports that users playing the publisher’s latest game, L.A Noire, found their consoles crashing at random intervals. Overheating issues were thought to be to blame, particularly in early 60GB and 80GB fat-generation consoles.

Stressing that the support page was not officially backed by Sony, Rockstar have since taken the page in question down, while Sony have responded with the stock company line of “We don’t comment on rumours or speculation about our products.”

Have you experienced any unusual behaviour from your PS3 console since updating to the 3.61 firmware build? If so, pop the details of your console and the malfunction below!

Gerald Lynch

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  • is it just me or do you guys realize it mostly only the older fat models that are doin this. and some slim which possibly have been tinkered with…think about it…sony has phased out all fattys..and im led to believe the update was not an update.but merely a program that realizes what os. you have what model and all applications that are present at the time of update(system crash software download)….think…its common sense,they cant force you to get rid of your fatty…so lets make a software update that finds fattys only and bricks them…they dont want you to hhave blue-ray recordability…so they dump a bs update…and it finally truly phases out the fatty dinosaurs we all love…then they make u pay for another one blaming it on having an old system that ylod… or over heated or had a hdd. crash.or blueraydisk drive failure….i bet if you did a survey…mastly 90% were fattys,and the others were prob systems that had been modified…i.e backupmanagers ,or some kind of mod… sony knows whats goin on, and they send u back a refurb..that is unhackable, even if you arent hacking,they are getting rid off all the bc. fat systems …..call me crazy or just plain right! ill take it with a grain of salt.. id rather buy an xbox and have to pay to play then send another dollar to PHONY….i mean sony my bad

    • sony also knows whats on your console.they know your actions,browser history,pictures,personal info all that good shyt…think im bs.ing. read up..like i said sony KNOWS…………………………and they will deny it.by simply saying you accepted T.O.S…..
      have you ever sat and read an agreement…read better next time before you accept any t.o.s.

  • is it just me or do you guys realize it mostly only the older fat models that are doin this. and some slim which possibly have been tinkered with…think about it…sony has phased out all fattys..and im led to believe the update was not an update.but merely a program that realizes what os. you have what model and all applications that are present at the time of update(system crash software download)….think…its common sense,they cant force you to get rid of your fatty…so lets make a software update that finds fattys only and bricks them…they dont want you to hhave blue-ray recordability…so they dump a bs update…and it finally truly phases out the fatty dinosaurs we all love…then they make u pay for another one blaming it on having an old system that ylod… or over heated or had a hdd. crash.or blueraydisk drive failure….i bet if you did a survey…mastly 90% were fattys,and the others were prob systems that had been modified…i.e  backupmanagers ,or some kind of mod… sony knows whats goin on, and they send u back a refurb..that is unhackable, even if you arent hacking,they are getting rid off all the bc. fat systems …..call me crazy or just plain right! ill take it with a grain of salt..

  • is it just me or do you guys realize it mostly only the older fat models that are doin this. and some slim which possibly have been tinkered with…think about it…sony has phased out all fattys..and im led to believe the update was not an update.but merely a program that realizes what os. you have what model and all applications that are present at the time of update(system crash software download)….think…its common sense,they cant force you to get rid of your fatty…so lets make a software update that finds fattys only and bricks them…they dont want you to hhave blue-ray recordability…so they dump a bs update…and it finally truly phases out the fatty dinosaurs we all love…then they make u pay for another one blaming it on having an old system that ylod… or over heated or had a hdd. crash.or blueraydisk drive failure….i bet if you did a survey…mastly 90% were fattys,and the others were prob systems that had been modified…i.e backupmanagers ,or some kind of mod… sony knows whats goin on, and they send u back a refurb..that is unhackable, even if you arent hacking,they are getting rid off all the bc. fat systems …..call me crazy or just plain right! ill take it with a grain of salt.. id rather buy an xbox and have to pay to play then send another dollar to PHONY….i mean sony my bad

    • sony also knows whats on your console.they know your actions,browser history,pictures,personal info all that good shyt…think im bs.ing. read up..like i said sony KNOWS…………………………and they will deny it.by simply saying you accepted T.O.S…..have you ever sat and read an agreement…read better next time before you accept any t.o.s.

  • two new games aren’t being found and then when it does find it, it always freezes in the same spot.  i have already replaced the games to ensure it wasn’t them and it’s not. this never happened until i updated

  • two new games aren't being found and then when it does find it, it always freezes in the same spot.  i have already replaced the games to ensure it wasn't them and it's not. this never happened until i updated

  • having the same issues black screen, freezing up, and game completely shuts down, I m like WTF this game cost a good penny Sony needs to do better. Sony products or all over the world think about the business yall will lose.

  • just updated my ps3 then tried to play a game then it shutdown i tried to turn it on it just beep’s then turns of again sony are definitey at it with this new update i have been loyal to sony for many years since the first playstation came out they should fix the problem a.s.a.p
    even microsoft with xbox360 know how to value there customer’s they replace the broke one asap. come on sony get your act together

  • Well recently i updated PS3 firmware, and now its just red light, i press turn on, get a beep and it turns off. I dont play PS much, havent been touched for weeks before updating, and after update it failed to download 2 demos so i shuf it off after 1 hr. I dunno, i dont get yellow light at all, so its eaither PSU, CPU or firmware, need to get my hands on another PSU to eliminate that for start.

  • I was playing madden 11 online. It’s froze on me.Than i quit the game..But when i try to go back and play again. I can’t fine the game content. so i eject the disc out and reinstall still i can’t fine madden 11 content. Happen to me before in 2008 when I got the system for 2 month. I have to sent it back to get it fix..Now it doing the same shit again..

  • I had Just brought La.Noire And i played it for about 5 Second before my Ps3 Turned it self off i tryed to turn it back on Again and it keeps Flashing blue then yellow and it turns it Self of my disk is stil in it what do i do to fix it ??????

  • I had just bought La.Noire and i played it for about 5 seconds and it went off and when i keep trying to turn it on he beeps and the flashes blue and yellow with my game in it what do i do to fix it ?????????

  • well after reading all these comments i am now certain the fate of my 80gb ps3 fatty is definately down to the recent update it tried to install..everything was working fine until it started updating,then it rebooted and started installing update,walked away for 2minutes and when i came back my system was off and ever since it wont go so far as green,yellow,green and then flashing red.i am proper p*ssed and thought it was just me being paraniod,that was until i came across all this.bang out of order,these big companies are robbing us left and right and are able to get away with it,my biggest regret is downloading that f*ckin update because everything was fine before.where is our rights as consumers hey,regardless of how long anyone has owned a ps3,sony should be made liable for this and the rlod/ylod and compensate its loyal customers.

  • Yes, was playing LA Noire. I got sick of it cause the game is so repetitive and slow and corny. I notices some cut scenes had no audio and some ghosted figures. So I popped in Saints Row 2 and went to save after a few hours of play then the game froze up on me. Then is stopped reading the disk. So I restored my data files, a fix I found online. After that it read disks but would freeze up after 10-15 mins. I am so pissed. Had to buy the ugly slim. Damn thing don’t even have a main power switch. I feel so ripped off. I take great care of my system and hardly use it compared to most. I smell a lawsuit. I have the Fatty 80 gig. SONY is a big fat piece of non supporting horse sh!t

  • Yes, I was playing LA Noire but I hated it once I got to vice. I couldn’t stand it or pay attention to the shitty cut scenes. I did notice no audio and a ghosted figure on of the cut scenes. Anyway, I quit playing and sent it back to GF. Started playing Saints Row 2 and I went to save it and it froze up. Then it stopped reading the disks.
    Got error code 80010514. So I restored data files, a fix I saw online. System then started reading disks but would freeze up after 10-15 mins. I have a Fatty 80 or 60 gig i forget. I just went out a bought a slim. I am so pissed. The slims are so ugly. They don;t even have a main power button. I feel so ripped off. I take great care of my system. Rarely even use it compared to most. I smell a lawsuit. Please keep me informed. Sony is a fat piece of non supporting horse shit!

  • downloaded the new update and my system is fucked cant be a coincidence that my machine and everyone elses suddenly crashes, i have touched a rockstar game since the update and its freezing and stalling on every game i try to play , wont allow network to open and movies etc… wont play completely pissed off with this shit.

  • i quit a game of nba2k12 and the screen went black. the console wouldnt respond to the controller or pressing the power button. i left it for a while and forgot about it. the next day i saw the console lights still on, so i had to unplug the power cord to turn it off. i have the slim 250gb.

  • having the same issues black screen, freezing up, and game completely shuts down, I m like WTF this game cost a good penny Sony needs to do better. Sony products or all over the world think about the business yall will lose.

  • Okay, I just posted the above complaint! But I figured it out. I plugged the controller into the PS3 and it started to work whereas my remote did not work at all. It asked me if I was sure I wanted to load the update, and believe me, after reading all these posts I almost didn’t. But I did, and so far so good, and my remote works now. Hopefully this will be the end of my problems. Still don’t understand why I must do an update to play a freakin dvd!!!

  • Just wanted to play a Blueray dvd. It wouldn’t let me until I did the update. Did it, now I have a frozen PS3.
    WTH??? Can’t play a dvd without an update which killed my machine. What B.S.
    NOT HAPPY SONY! How can they keep this killer update out there?

  • the same thing happened to me and my friend. he updated his to play madden 2012. when i was in jersey it cuts off in middle of the game. i updated mine, and the same thing happened

  • 60gb original. Worked flawlessly before the update. Following the 3.61 update the ps3 would randomly 3-beep crash and was giving regular low memory warnings when using the browser which would cause the browser to crash. I deleted loads of data and saves and cleared the cache regularly but the issues persisted. Was playing cod mw2 online today and it 3-beep crashed and won’t start up and will not eject the game. I will never buy a PHONY product again. Sony … Go suck my balls.

  • OK just turned on ps3 for first time in months since i had to send in my ps3 for a issue not downloading 3.60 to 3.61 it had an error every time. so i sent to Sony they either fixed or gave me a refurbished machine. so finally get back its all working great i can get online and watch movies. so few months later i decided to watch some movies and what a surprise i had to update to 3.70 it downloads ok and starts to install. it stops at 99% and been stuck there almost 5 hours. im seriously about to toss it in the fire pit. sony need to fucking hire better programers or something im done with their BS glad i wasted what 3-400$ on JUNK!

  • Here it is MONTHS later and the shertstorm has not passed. FIX your consoles or risk losing customers/share for the way you are acting. Updates are not supposed to brick consoles. I have yet to see a coherent response from SONY, heck *any* response from SONY. The culprit *is* the update. Sad job SONY – sad performance – so sad.

  • bought a brand new 120gb slim,played fine,then i downloaded the update,popped unreal tournament 3 in,freezes when loading second mission.pop new vegas in,freezes at least 5 times a night.they never froze before the update.Totally unnacceptable sony 🙁

  • brand new ps3 slimline freezes all the time when watching youtube just got this console with a 5 year warrenty because last console had 7 red lights of death i was sick of fixing it. sony i hope you get hacked again and costs you millions your slack as you consoles are rubbish.

  • Every time i play black ops my ps3 shut off. My buddy cant play zombies five on his ps3. This all started after the update what can we do to fix this problem.

  • every time i play black ops call of the dead my ps3 turn off and a friend of mine cant play zombies five

  • fcuk busteds sony i been playing driver sanfransicko and system just swicht off try to turn back and gest what happen ps3 fcuk upp red litgh flashing and can’t do anythink ring to sony and they say bey new and get 1 year worranty or pay 110 pound and we replace for you and we give 3 fcuk mounth worranty. already second ps3 down since 2007 sony fcuk think where do you go?

  • Mines been messing up for about a week now. It started on LA noire where it would freeze at random points. But now it’s come to the point where it freezes everytime I play on a loading screen. The only way to restart it then is by switching it off at the back…

  • Yes this happened to me and I think they just hit the ceiling on price sales and now they want to break all our old ps3s so we all have to buy the new slim it’s fucking ridiculous.

  • Having same problems, but I didn’t update to 3.61. My internet is so freaking slow where I live it takes 30 minutes to an hour every update, so I normally wait, but even 3.55 where I’m at is having problems overheating since my last update. I did the fan test. And went to the restore menu… how to do it is… While system is off hold the power button until it cuts on then off *maybe 10 seconds or so. After it powers off hold the power button again, it will be once, then twice quickly… let go of the power button and it will tell you to plug in your ps3 controller with the USB. A menu will come up when you press the PS Button with 6 options, don’t just hit any of them… very serious, it can wipe out your console on some selections. The third option is a restore option that checks for corrupted data on the device. I did it and was able to get some of my BR movies to work… still not playing games… which sucks cause I just went shopping and bought new games only to find none of them work. I’ve heard of other people actually fixing their systems this way.

    I’m actually truthfully losing faith in this company. As a PS Fanboy (never supported XBOX), I feel ripped off. We should seriously all start writing Sony. Cause I won’t waste anymore money if these updates are going to waste all my gaming time and mess my system up. So, I don’t care for Xbox, and Sony is pissing me off. Where can I go? I’m thinking I may just have to stick to computer games (even though my internet sucks, I don’t care to play online anyways).

  • My slim died at 99% of update just hung at 99% I let it sit there for 2 days and nothing I finally shut it down. Big mistake there. I had to down load the update to a flash drive and update system that way. FYI if you have to do it that way the HDMI port shuts down you have to use the av cables.

  • My PS3 won’t turn on! I updated it like 2 weeks ago. Just 2 days ago It started overheating. I looked up how to clean it, I did and it was working just fine no overheating at all. Just played for like 1hr 1/2 & shut it off. Tried to turn it back on like 2 hours after and now it won’t start! No red light, no beeps, no blinking lights nothing at all just dead!!! What the hell man!! The worst part is my 3 year warranty just ran out too!

  • My PS3 froze up too. I updated it like 2 weeks ago. Just 2 days ago It started overheating. I looked up how to clean it with, I did and it was working just fine no overheating at all. J played for like 1hr 1/2 & shut it off. Tried to turn it back on like 2 hours after and now it won’t start! No red light, no beeps, no blinking lights nothing at all just dead!!! What the he’ll man!! The worst part is my warranty just ran out too!

  • ok so mine is like fucked. its freezing after i try to quit on every single game i play, on new vegas, it used to be fast, now it takes 45 seconds to load your dialogue, it takes at least three minutes to start ALL of my games, the browser’s flash player is running slow and glitchy, ive deleted all browsing data and cookies ect.. really pissed cause its the 160gb slim and i got it in december.. should not even be doing this. my dads had his fat boy for 3 years and no a problem.

  • This is bullshit my ps3 will stayy turned on for 3 seconds fuck the firmware i was in a match of cod online!!!!

  • was just playing fifa 11 on my original 60gb ps3, which i have had since launch with no issues, and after about 30 mins the console just shut down without warning 🙁

    i have had the latest update since it was available and it has only just happened now.

    i can’t get it to restart, it just beeps and shuts back down and the red light flashes

    any suggestions?

  • My system is only seven months old and two months ago it went to shit freezes on every game. But I can play games that downloaded

  • my ps3 just shit to bed after the PlayStation update 3.71 it won’t let me play anything online, cause it just keeps freezing then i went to do an internet search and it froze again.

  • Mine went out on me too two weeks ago. My boy’s just went out on him and another friend’s crapped on him too. THATS THREE in a small time frame with systems bout all at different times. This has to be more than a coincidence.

  • The system just required the mandatory update and now black ops won’t load at all. Black Screen is all I get. Modern Warfare worked, but black ops is not loading. What is up with this?

  • first of all it cant be la noire or rockstar games because i refuse to play those games but i have still came across this problem….i think it is this update because my ps3 was rfunning beautifully without any problems what so ever then i randomly get smacked with this

  • I am also facing similar issue. While playing game, my ps3 shutsdown instantly. I thought it might be because of some loose connection but lcd, home theater everything stays on. After searching, I found this page. Currently, I am playing Burnout city.

  • should i hustle my ps3 to some black kid on the streets for 10$ cause it aint worth a damn dime to me if its constantly crashing, is it even fixable or is sony brands turning into a p.o.s? its constantly crashing and now its signing me outa psnetwork, its getting to the point i want to take it out back fill it full of lead and send it back to sony piece by fuckin piece.. So fixable or no fixable?

  • Same with my PS3, not restarting after update. Sony is just useless if they don’t acknowledge the problem caused by their update.

  • Same with my PS3, not restarting after update. Sony is just useless if they don’t acknowledge the problem caused by their update.

  • Same with my PS3, not restarting after update. Sony is just useless if they don’t acknowledge the problem caused by their update.

  • Same with my PS3, not restarting after update. Sony is just useless if they don’t acknowledge the problem caused by their update.

  • There is no doubt at all that this update is the sinner. My PS3 has worked absolutely fine in 2 years. Now after the update, i get the YLOD. I have always had respect for sony, but this pisses me off!

  • There is no doubt at all that this update is the sinner. My PS3 has worked absolutely fine in 2 years. Now after the update, i get the YLOD. I have always had respect for sony, but this pisses me off!

  • my system is 4 years old and it was working fine before the update. now i cant even finish a race in gt5 because the system overheats quickly. even when i leave it off all night and turn it on in the morning and i start racing it gives on overheating warning as soon as i start moving

  • when i start a race in gt5 the system beeps 3 times and says i have to turn off my ps3 even though the air coming out of the system is ICE COLD. even when i leave it off for a couple of hours or all night it says the system overheated. now i cant do a thing on my ps3

  • ever since 3.61 update i have been constantly lagged out of lobbies on black ops, gran tourismo 5, and even modern warfare 2!!

  • Yes the same thing happened to me after the update. Uncharted 2 keeps crashing. PS3 turns itself off then Red light blinks. After I turn it on again an error message reads system was turned off incorrectly. Thanks A lot Sony, maybe an X-BOX is in my near future. Sony should issue a patch and stop denying this Wide spread issue!!!

  • My boyfriend has two 60gb ps3’s that weren’t having any problems before the latest update, but now they both are freezing when playing Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood when the game goes to load a new area while crossing Rome, and does the same thing when playing Duke Nukem and GTA4.

  • I’m not sayin the update is not the problem, but i’ve had no problems til LA Noire. Shuts off after 5 or so mins, sometimes sooner with flashing red light. Its the 80 gig phat. I wonder if i can return the $60 game?

  • I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE.

    AFTER THE DAMN UPDATE ON MY PHAT 80GIG PS3:
    -WON”T READ ANY DISC UNLESS I RELOAD IT WHILE PS3 IS TURNED ON
    -CAN’T PLAY ANY GAMES WHILE LOGGED INTO PSN (FREEZES)
    -FAN SEEMS LOUDER NOW

    FACK U SONY. THANKS FOR NOT LETTING ME PLAY ONLINE.

  • Thanks Sony you assholes. You were too tight to protect the PSN site, twice, now yr update killed my PS3. I’m going to XBox next time.

  • I’ve got an 80 gig fat model ps3 … And I’m experiencing a problem where my ps3 turns itself off while playing games and the red light starts to blink !! This happens while playing motorstorm apocalypse , gran turismo 5 and midnight club l.a….!! I don’t think it’s a problem of overheating cos the system works well while playing any of the other games I have…. Moreover , my ps3 is in a well ventilated area !! And this has started happening recently…. Anyone got solutions ??

  • This is no coincidence and I am sick and tired that Sony does not adress this problem, please voice your concern on my facebook page PS3 Crash and Like it so we can show Sony that this is not just a coincidence and was caused by their “UPDATE”.

  • i have recently fixed my ps3 from ylod and it was fine i updated it and played it for about 10 hours over 3-4 days and it has now started to play up and when i play, about 5-6 minutes later it shuts off, bleeps 3 times and flashing red light… but when i turn it on it works fine for another 5-6 minutes and i know it isnt an overheating problem as it would have flashed yellow then flashing red, and as it does turn on that is another reason why it isnt an overheating problem.

    p.s,
    i also had a problem with my game loading but had no icon appearing but i sort of fixed it

  • I believe that Sony are a couple of bitches looking for a way to get more money. I actually thought my ps3 was overheating, but come to find out, the fuckin update was the problem! I’m pissed off at them for not caring for their consumers. they’re gonna pay for this! this needs to be taken to court! sorry motherfuckers!

  • It’s interesting that since 3.61 there have been two additional updates that correct “stability issues”. Admission of guilt? Fat lot of help that is when my system wont even turn on to do the updates.

  • All and all another BRICK in wall! Last night 6-24-11 Sony upgraded my system while I was going to watch a DVD, after the upgrade half way through the movie, system shut down and would not restart. Nothing but three beeps and flashing red light since. I smell a great opportunity for a good greedy class action law firm, count me in!

  • My fat PS3 crashed, 3 beeps and yellow light after latest update as well. Sure it is just a coincidence…
    Time to Short Sony stock..I think .they are about to be in big trouble with their customers and it’s a shame as they had a very good product

  • since all psn went back up and i got the new update everytime i come out of the game online (cod black ops) it keeps freezing the game gets stuck i thought it was my ps3 was on the way out as it is the old style one but after reading this lot it as just made me even more pissed off with sony so glad i had a look at this lot as i was just about go out and buy another ps3 at nearly £300 i think i spend me money on something else than give sony another penny of my hard earned money

  • PS3 fat originally an 40 gig converted to 500gig right before the update….installed update….now all ps3 disc games crash. It is sonys issue this isnt just happening to allof us for no reason…..2nd my buddy and his girlfriends ps3 all fats failed at the same time….yeah im sure it was just an overheating problem…what a joke

  • Mine YLOD’d too, but it’s not completely dead. I just have to reboot it 3 times. Always works normally after the 3rd attempt. I wasn’t even doing anything when the YLOD happened. The XMB just froze and the system shut down with the blinking red light.

    My 3-year-old 40gb has never had a problem until 3.61 came into existence. And yes, firmware can affect hardware. I doubt that 3.61 was thoroughly tested on older ps3’s, and the latest modifications might have been optimized for the slim. Not happy!

    I had 3.65 installed already but it didn’t help. I’m hoping a major update like 3.70 will solve this problem.

  • Kaput,dead or hooped are accurate descriptions of my Fat 40gig. I can hear the fan(barely), but that is about it. No boot,no video no nothing after I updated. Hmmm now how the heck am I going to get this thing fixed, considering I can’t go online because of the lack of video for starts. Hello Sony… I didn’t cause this, your update did. Way to coincidental to blame it on my hardware failing. I’ll have to call Horseshit on that lame ass reasoning.
    Frustrating to say the least.

  • PS3 is so slow after the update .. all games are stuttering .. makes it very annoying to play any game.

    I tried formatting the HDD .. then restored my data just in case it was a hdd problem
    but everything is still the same ..

    its starting to be a very annoying experience to play any game now !

  • I am having trouble loading play tv since 3.61. It just hangs on start up. I´ve seen in other forums that other users of play tv have experienced it before, but I never had any problems until this most recent update.

  • i jsut bought the call of duty 160gb black ops bundle worked for about a week and a half and then my game crashed during zombies now i can do any multiplayer or it freeze4s

  • same here guys i have 89gb Ps3 fat version after update suddnely corrupted data i always scan my files music and movies,but all old ones since 2 years nvr had prob then suddnely got error.everytime i play music it restarts and error message i keep playing for 2 week with now my PS3 has no light and generally is dead.Fuck la now need to pay more for things i didnt do.I didnt soak the goddamn thing kn water i barely even played yet.Noob lah porblems keep pileing up

  • At first I thought it was just my system, because I just bought a new 320 GB hard drive last week. My PS3 shuts off whenever I play The Show or Infamous (which I got with the free game). I think now, after seeing this, that I have not heard my PS3 fans kick on, so maybe that is the problem. It usally turns off in about the 7th or 8th innings. Just enough time to where the fans should kick on, but they don’t and my system just shuts off.

    Luckily noting has ruined it yet. It can turn on right after it turns off.

  • My 250 slim is only getting more and more freezes. not even trying to use it know, because i cant even start playing a game. I never had any problems before. What the hell is going on?

  • I was using my pS3 for a while after the hack, was getting annoyed by all the hype to upgrade to 3.61 so I did the upgrade. once I did that my unit is freezing constantly, uplayable. then while browsing their site I found 3.65 to fix the instability of it…. Umm that didnt help either. I have tried to call, tried to open a case via the web page and even email by responding to previous issues I have had years ago. NO answer to ANY OF THEM. I am going to post this on FACEBOOK, they should get a blackeye on their reputation for how they are acting. This sucks, it was working just fine pryer to me installing that patch.
    Cheers all and good luck, I know I need it.
    kasirignano@hotmail.com

  • I was using my pS3 for a while after the hack, was getting annoyed by all the hype to upgrade to 3.61 so I did the upgrade. once I did that my unit is freezing constantly, uplayable. then while browsing their site I found 3.65 to fix the instability of it…. Umm that didnt help either. I have tried to call, tried to open a case via the web page and even email by responding to previous issues I have had years ago. NO answer to ANY OF THEM. I am going to post this on FACEBOOK, they should get a blackeye on their reputation for how they are acting. This sucks, it was working just fine pryer to me installing that patch.
    Cheers all and good luck, I know I need it.
    kasirignano@hotmail.com

  • I was using my pS3 for a while after the hack, was getting annoyed by all the hype to upgrade to 3.61 so I did the upgrade. once I did that my unit is freezing constantly, uplayable. then while browsing their site I found 3.65 to fix the instability of it…. Umm that didnt help either. I have tried to call, tried to open a case via the web page and even email by responding to previous issues I have had years ago. NO answer to ANY OF THEM. I am going to post this on FACEBOOK, they should get a blackeye on their reputation for how they are acting. This sucks, it was working just fine pryer to me installing that patch.
    Cheers all and good luck, I know I need it.
    kasirignano@hotmail.com

  • My 80 gig started freezing and now won’t play any games or blurays since the 3.65 update and welcome back package. I got the 80010514 error which is supposedly a lens issue but I put in the one from my other PS3 and it still didn’t work. It won’t even play the demos that are on the hdd just the videos. Of course Sony says they have no knowledge of this error. From what I’m seeing on the net everyone can’t be telling the same lie!!!

  • My bad, I wrote that my fat 80 gb ps3 freezes when I play online, and its not like that, THE FREAKIN THING FREEZES ALL THE TIME, whether im playing online or offline, I just cant play fifa 11 anymore this sucks sony company turned into a bunch of money suckin irresponsible goofs

  • My console after the last update crashes when I try to play online, it just freezes, and coincidentally after I installed the 3.61 update, what good is this update when it is very good on security and it sucks for playing online pssss, sony please test your freakin updates in all the diferent models of consoles YOU have sold before you make us install your super security updates, thaaaanks, back to playing offline.

  • Is there any way to rectify this situation? Has PS3 announced any repair plan besides there ridiculous out of warranty $99.99 repair.

  • No probs before On my 250 slim. Now since welcome back and update freezes all the time in the past 48 hrs

  • im not sure if its a coincidence or not but pretty much straight away after the update my ps3 started playing up… if there is a disk in the drive you cannot power it on properly. it beeps and shuts down, but press the eject button and it spews the disk out and starts up fine.. it also acts like the laser is dead, takes a while to acknowledge that there is a disk in the drive. but once it detects it it plays flawlessly, no freezes jumps or crashes which leaves me to think the laser is fine.. i have not had the overheating problem or any other than iv said above…
    only reason i did the update was because i was sick of the update nag on every power up..

  • I personally think this is hilarious… I have an 60g fat ps3 that was working perfectly fine until the network went down… Ever since then my system constantly freezes up and my internet is always randomly disconnecting… Damn you Sony… I will never buy anything produced by u retarded japs ever again… I hope these fuck ups cause people to realize we dnt need ur products no more…

  • I personally think this is hilarious… I have an 60g fat ps3 that was working perfectly fine until the network went down… Ever since then my system constantly freezes up and my internet is always randomly disconnecting… Damn you Sony… I will never buy anything produced by u retarded japs ever again… I hope these fuck ups cause people to realize we dnt need ur products no more…

  • I had the same thing happen to me on Friday night, I was playing NBA 2K11 and the system just shut off. I tried to turn it back on but i got three beeps and a flashing red light. The weird thing about this is that my PS3 was working fine with no issues at all and I don’t log to many hours on the it, I will be giving Sony a call to find out what the hell is going on.

  • Just load red dead redemption for first time played for 30 mins now its turned itself off now wont restart. beeps 3 times goes green yello then flashing red. What do we do now.

  • ours is doing exactly the same. not always crashing straight away but definatly after a little while of playing and we too updated the software as told by playstation after the hack. has anyone found a solution to this yet?

  • Same here as everyone, after doing the *****n update, my PS3 brick went beep, beep, beep, red light and now its, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!Can’t turn on the thing. What the hell, this is riddiculous, Sony NEEDS to do something about this!!!

  • i have the same problem on my 40gb ps3, every time i start up a game like 10 seconds later there shows a message saying ‘the system is hot, please wait a while before you turn on the ps3 again’and then it switches off, im certain that this issue doesnt have anything to do with overheating because i didnt play for a day and then the day after when i wake up the same thing happens when i start a game, ps3 users really had a hard time after the big ps3 hacking i hope they fix this soon.

  • Updated now system is freezing – not happy sony. Please release an update that will restore firmware issues PLEASE before you have a huge lawsuit on your hands and millions of people worldwide sue you for the value of a new playstation… hmm what would that equal??? billions!!! Do something now why you can and everyone make a stand this is wrong look out for a class-action lawsuit against sony for this issue and join!!! Someone will find a law expert “BRAVE” enough to take on Sony – (More PHONY) than ever. Support Microsoft and Nintendo and all other electrical brands – Sony needs to understand they were only ever the best because of us. We pay their wages.

  • I have the same problem but only when accessing content in the store and trying to download large files i.e. The welcome back games. The system gets about 80 % done then I get two beeps and it turns itself off to a blinking red light. Afterwards I am able to restart the PS3 and providing I do no try to download anything from the store I can go back to normal gaming. I rarely play online.

    I did call Sony and they told me it was because too many people were trying to download the same file as I was and to wait a few days until the demand for the games are down. I’m starting to think this isn’t very true but both times this has happened to me has been with downloading Infamous. I’ve never had an problem like this before on my 60 gig and I’m sure what to do and support really didn’t answer my questions well. Just to keep trying at a later time to download my games.

    But if I keep trying, will my ps3 eventually end up bricking? It is in a well ventilated area and I’ve never had this problem until now. It is a fat 60gb from launch and it has been faithful until this.

  • I have the same problem but only when accessing content in the store and trying to download large files i.e. The welcome back games. The system gets about 80 % done then I get two beeps and it turns itself off to a blinking red light. Afterwards I am able to restart the PS3 and providing I do no try to download anything from the store I can go back to normal gaming. I rarely play online.

    I did call Sony and they told me it was because too many people were trying to download the same file as I was and to wait a few days until the demand for the games are down. I’m starting to think this isn’t very true but both times this has happened to me has been with downloading Infamous. I’ve never had an problem like this before on my 60 gig and I’m sure what to do and support really didn’t answer my questions well. Just to keep trying at a later time to download my games.

    But if I keep trying, will my ps3 eventually end up bricking? It is in a well ventilated area and I’ve never had this problem until now. It is a fat 60gb from launch and it has been faithful until this.

  • i found a little solution for the fucking problem, make a fan test for 60gb model (search on youtube). let the fan go up to 5-6 velocity than put the ps3 on a normal position. it wont shut up till next time you put it on. i have a 60gb model and it works. TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK GUYS .PS: FUCK YOU SONY

  • Yep same happened here. I updated to the latest firmware and was playing Mortal Kombat and it crashed. Machine is well ventilated but was very hot. Thanks Sony you fucktards

  • This is what happens when a game console company tries to make their consoles behave like computers. With these constant firmware updates, something is bound to get f^&ked up. I remember when they used to make games that had to work because there was no internet connection option for consoles. Now they put out hurried pieces of shit programs because they figure it can get updated by the internet. Sony’s process is the worst. The only updates seem to be to fill security gaps.

  • SONY IS FUCKING LOW LIFE GOOFS!!!!
    why the fuck would they even produce something like this if soo many ppl are having problems.. like im soo pissed right now its not even funny, college student with barley enough money to drive back and forth(hour drive) and buy all theses games for the ps3 and it does this shit! like I seriously want my money back! we should seriously be able to sue them!!! they should be able to send us something to reset our ps3 so they actually work and not just sometimes!!!
    SOME PEOPLES’ CHILDREN!!!!!!

  • They deny it so they don’t have to give out fuck loads of compensation Cus that’s what should happen my games won’t load ever since I did the update an hour ago b4 I did it everything was fine even when the network went down to begin with. This NEEDS sorting

  • My ps3 slim wont load any downloaded games or netflix it goes to a black screen then flashes and nothing it jus stays that it happened two days ago i can only go on internet browser

  • I just installed the new firmware 3.65 to get the free games and…. YLOD red blink death of console. PS3 will not start up. This on the first reboot after finishing the install of 3.65. This has to be a firmware problem…. Older 40GB FAT. I thought it was maybe specific to 3.65 but it appears it is the same as in 3.61……

    I was able to get the disk out by turning power switch on with eject pressed. High fan speed for 15 secs, disk comes out and then back to red blinkies…. This hurts. I hate throwing out good hardware because of some lame firmware screw up. If they only included a true ‘factory restore’ option 3 finger salute we could get out of this jam. Just restore the original flash content.

  • Has anyone tried to boot up in safe mode? This is what has just been suggested to me by PS Australia (1300 365 911). Otherwise it’s $250.00 service charge!!

  • I just realized.

    Because this firmware update is hosing systems ?

    There is no way for Sony to FIX this through ANOTHER firmware update.

    New PS3 please Sony.

    You WILL HEAR ME.

  • What phone # are people using to call Sony ?

    1800-345-SONY for ps3 support is ALWAYS dead after it rings when it picks up.

  • Hey – Maybe someone altered the firmware update to brick the machines- and Sony isn’t coming forward.

    Or ? Maybe it was Sony who decided to remove fan speeds 5 and 4 controlled by specific bits.

    I can NOT figure out WHY Sony would remove the two top fan settings through internal code. I can’t.

    So, let us ask – WHY was the fan speed firmware code CHANGED ?

    Did Sony change it ? Then THEY are responsible.

    Did they let a hacked version of firmware go out – then THEY are responsible.

    Either way- Sony needs to fix this – or the 3% they witnessed on their stock ?

    Nothing as to what is to come when THIS story becomes front page FOLLOWING the PSN network outage.

    Your choice Sony- do you want to stay in business ?

    New PS3 Please for all who have been bricked post 3.61, you have their userID’s to validate when they pulled down 3.61 – and it will be clear the system was CLEARLY working because it PULLED DOWN 3.61 – it will be clear the systems ARE NOT WORKING when you ALLOW people to SEND THEM IN FOR REPLACEMENT.

    OR ?

    Door #2

    – Hey- this room is EMPTY !

    Must be the Sony Stock room !

  • By the way Sony

    I WELCOME getting the DOJ involved here –

    Let’s bring in the FTC too for CONSUMER FRAUD

    You KNOW you are LYING about the fan speed firmware change- what ? does someone have to release the NEW SOURCE CODE TO PROVE IT ? YOU GREEDY LYING MORONS.

    I think US security policies should be updated to account for the ROOT KITS you put on Sony Music CD’s years back.

    How many of those are sold on ebay – EVERY DAY – such that anyone who puts that music CD into a PC – WHAM – rooted.

    I bet Sony’s security was compromised because someone AT Sony put in a Sony Music CD into a PC.

    I wouldn’t be surprised.

    Yes, it hurts Sony- to dole out NEW PS3’s for the ones you’ve BRICKED.

    But you know what hurts more ?

    Markets responding to MY COMMENTS REVEALING WHAT YOU DID.

    It’s a tricky shot to call- you know that source can’t be released without consequence.

    On the other hand- once the changes are HIGHLIGHTED – in RED – that demonstrate your firmware change CAUSED machines to BRICK ?

    Hey- you’re out of business.

    And it really doesn’t matter much at that point does it from your POV.

    Brick a consumer Sony ? And the markets will BRICK your stock.

    Notice how MANY PEOPLE HERE have been BRICKED since your CARELESS FIRMWARE UPDATE 3.61 after your CARELESS NETWORK SECURITY THAT LED TO THIS CARELESS UPDATE.

    Nuclear radiation seeping into the bones of your senior executives won’t be your biggest problem Sony – FINDING A JOB WILL BE and having NO HEALTH CARE INTERIM will be.

    I see Japan JUST announced- WHOOPS- the radiation leaked was DOUBLE previous amounts announced.

    Gee Sony – WHEN ARE YOU – going to ANNOUNCE the TRUTH on 3.61

    New PS3 please – and a NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE to FIX THE FANS BACK TO WHAT THEY WERE – or ?

    Hey – good luck finding jobs in this tough economy.

    And good luck being HONEST about RADIATION LEAKAGE – lying about a firmware update ? only hurts Sony consumers, lying about RADIATION LEAKAGE ? That’s a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

    Based on the BODIES IN JARS Japan kept of the Chinese during WW II – dismembered LIMBS – I guess it wouldn’t be the FIRST TIME for Japan now WOULD IT.

  • I have a 60GB PS3.

    No problems – ever – UNTIL IMMEDIATELY after installing this 3.61 upgrade 2 days after network came back up.

    Well- PSN network came back, but my PS3 died within minutes of this. It USED to have a louder fan sound, I read that the 3.61 update removed internal max fan speeds 5 and 4, so – yes, firmware that CONTROLS THE FAN SPEEDS – CAN lead to over heating.

    Either way- I finally got it to boot back up – it was very quiet after 3.61 update, I’ll give it that – but now the system won’t turn on at all.

    It clearly overheated.

    And that Sony REMOVED the top fan speeds 5 and 4 ? for WHATEVER REASON ?

    I am in belief is the cause of my PS3 dying.

    The only way to stop this kind of consumer exploitation is that Sony dies.

    And it looks like the markets will decide that based on consumer response to Sony fixing this problem.

    Just look at Nintendo – their stock fell 5% – JUST on a demo of the new Wii-U- in ONE DAY.

    If the markets decide Sony has abandoned the consumer ?

    Sony will be abandoned.

    Japan JUST announced nuclear radiation was TWICE what was estimated, Japan doesn’t have a good track record in my view on being up front on anything.

    Sony- you can contact me at dev2@suntelia.com and let me know when you’ll be sending me a new PS3.

    Short of that – my vote is that YOU Sony … experience ‘failure’ due to circumstance beyond your control.

    See how it feels.

  • The same thing happend to me, while playing BlackOPS my PS3 shutdown totally and doesn’t reboot it stays with the red led.

  • I turned on the console to play GT5 online. Did the recommened 3.61 update. I was on my second race when the console just crashed. Rebooted the console, now it won’t read any games, blu rays, dvds, nothing!! The disc icon just keeps spinning. Tried everything to fix this but no joy. I’ve got the early 40gb model when it first came out and have had no problems at all intill now. ALL THE PREVIOUS UPDATES HAVE BEEN FINE, I CAN ONLY PUT THIS DOWN TO THE STUPID 3.61 UPDATE. Thanks alot sony.

  • Bought system for my grandson a few years ago- after the warranty period (1 day) it stopped working. Sony said it would cost me over $100 to fix it. I could have bought a new one.
    My grandson (11 years old)talked me into buying him a Playstation 3 for Christmas. I am sorry I did it. After the update he can download his game but freezes after about 5 minutes (goes silent, then you can hear a single gunfire = then freezes).
    Never will I buy another Sony game system. I have learned my lesson- finally.

  • I was wondering why our ps3 stopped working. I did the download afterwards turned it off. Went to turn it on the next day….beeping and yellow light problem. I have never had a problem with my ps3. It cannot just be a coincidence. It never had time to overheat. We played games on occasion. We watch netflix on it mostly. Very annoying and upsetting. Anyone hear if Sony is responding to this?

  • I can guarantee you that these freezing problems have nothing to do with any game or over heating problem. It’s all to do with the latest update bescause as soon as I followed the instructions sent to me by Sony i had problems. Never had a problem before this. Can’t even play a dvd or blu ray now. system wont even boot up.
    Sony had better come up with a solution soon otherwise class actions WILL follow.

  • After loading the recent update on my PS3 about a week ago, have finally had a chance to play it for 1 1/2 months and it decided to shut itself down after 20 mins. Can’t turn the bloody thing on now! Jumped online to get some help/advice and came across this website. Not happy at all, I haven’t had any issues with the system previously. I would like to think that Sony will look after their customers or lose money and market share.

  • No joke. Checked for system update. Yes update available. Performed update. End result = black screen, no boot. I tried different outputs.

    Opinion = system update didn’t go very well and I’m pissed at Sony. I will not buy another POS from this company unless they fix this for free soon… very soon.

  • put a game i rented in and it said up date 3.61 needed to play game. so i up dated before i could play the game it shut down. when i try to turn it on it flashes yellow and green. it will not turn on and the game i rented is still in my ps3. BULL SHIT. sony better do something about this now

  • Having received my ‘Welcome Back to PlayStation Store’ email I thought I’d download my two free games, unfortunately my disc didn’t have enough free space (Original 40G model). I did a spot of house keeping, but when I went to download my free games they were no longer available. I thought I’d check to see if there were any updates, even though I hadn’t been told it was a pre-requisite and there was one. I downloaded it, it installed, it re-booted, so I went to try and get my free games when all of a sudden… BAM! My PS3 had turned itself off and had a flashing red power light. when I try to turn it back on it just powers off again after a few seconds, nothing appears on the screen. Now what do I do?!

  • This is bullshit Sony, FUCK YOU!! i’ve been a playstation fan since the beginning. I have a ps1 2 ps2’s on my third psp and now this! It’s a fucking $400 system! I’m not buying your shitty slim system. I did that for the ps2 like all the other idiots. I’ve dusted, cleaned and replaced the heatsink paste This is supposed to be an elite system. They give us an update to stop the hacking and give us free games to download and then the system dies on me, wtf! How the fuck am I supposed to fix it now, I can’t download any more updates and i’m not giving you anymore of my money to fix it, Its wasn’t my fault.I have Duke Nukem and bfbc3 pre-ordered and now have nothing to do with them. Maybe i’ll just shove them up my ass. I’ll probably have an easier time playing them that way. FUCK YOU SONY!!! Never again will I buy, convince or endorse your products. I hope Nintendo whops your ass in the next console rece.

  • i find it shocking how so many people just mindlessly accept the electronics “shelf-life” argument.

    these companies make products self-destruct on purpose (it’s called “planned obscelence”, deceptive marketing 101)…it’s been going on for many years now.

    now, it’s become “normal” for the ignorant and the naive to fork over hard-earned cash to fixed these “problems”.

    WTF PEOPLE!!??~~?~?~!!!

    If Sony (or any other company) makes their own product overheat through sh*t construction of hardware or software…then, they should be responsible for repair.

    end of story. let’s sue the bastards.

    stop blaming yourselves because you didn’t “dust” enough. geesh!!!

    YOU ARE GOING DOWN, SONY! FU.

  • to Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:37 PM | Reply <<— i have ps3 fat 40g play MAG online.. all perfeks no lag no bug no DC…but after update firmware 3.61 got autoshutdown console if press play game….its RLOD & YLOD.Console Brick after update!

  • to Anonymous | May 19, 2011 1:37 PM | Reply <<— i have ps3 fat 40g play MAG online.. all perfeks no lag no bug no DC…but after update firmware 3.61 got autoshutdown console if press play game….its RLOD & YLOD.Console Brick after update!

  • Well, I can tell you this, I have a original 60 gig console and have completed the 3.61 patch, my PS3 gets very little use and I purchased it a little over 1 year ago, it came directly from sony as a refurb, but it is the original 60 Gig a01 model ps2 compatible. now it boots, gets very hot airflow and then locks up in less then 60 seconds. I am inclined to agree that this update had something to do with it. maybe a voltage was increased to compensate for higher graphics demand for the newer games but something does seem to be tweaked in this update, like any pc a bios update can give access to different settings and that would allow users to turn up certain voltatges to get more out of thier systems (Overclocking) I would only assume that sony has their settings built into the default software. such as how the fan would increase at certain temps to keep it running, what voltages to run the cpu,GPU and the like. I think as I stated earlier this update may be the cause, my system has not suffered from what I hear as YLOD but instead I get the video locking up and then system will not respond, I turn it off when I found how hot the air was coming out of it. I think if I let it run for longer i may damage it to the point of YLOD

  • i have never played LA Noire but once i downloaded 3.61 ps3 breaks so i dont see how any of ye can not pin this on sony … its their fault and we shouldd all be compensated

  • 40gig fat boy about three years old very little use prob about 3hrs a week. I downloaded 3.61 and the welcome back patch and got ylod twice. I left it for ten minutes and then rebooted to download my free games without a prob i left it on over night downloading with auto switch off after download. I havnt tried to turn it back on im gonna give it a go later. Its definetly a firm ware prob to much of coincidence. If they dont sort it out i will be going to xbox.

  • I have a 80gb ps3 fat just broke 2 hours ago, i just turned it off and it wouldn’t turn back on after… im really disappointed in sony, dont know if i would ever buy any of their products again….

  • Yes only once the system update came out have i been having these issues.
    the game will glitch then during game play (black ops, Fifa, Crysis 2) it will flash random colours for 2-15 seconds until it freezes the only way to start it up is by restarted switching it off or force ejecting the disc.
    i have reformatted it since and the problems all still occur.
    I dont get it, it seems the games are too advanced for the old consoles (which is what i have a fat blck mofo) if thats the case they should have not released a slim line just call t the ps4!!! its a freaking joke ALL OF IT.
    i shouldnt have to send my console which is out of warrenty over to England from Australia (i bought in England live in Australia) and then pay 150 pounds to get it repaired!!
    FUCK YOU SONY!
    SORT YOUR SHIT OUT OR IM GOING XBOX BITCH!

  • yes i get the same had the fat 60gb for some time now and have kept it clean and up off the floor to prevent dust and fluff getting into it. after the 3.61 update started freezing and taking longer to load games has now stopped all together. contacted playstation and they tried to blame me and the age of my ps3. its never had any problems before until this update. sony should be made to take responsability.

  • yes i get the same had the fat 60gb for some time now and have kept it clean and up off the floor to prevent dust and fluff getting into it. after the 3.61 update started freezing and taking longer to load games has now stopped all together. contacted playstation and they tried to blame me and the age of my ps3. its never had any problems before until this update. sony should be made to take responsability.

  • My ps3 fat has now crashed and I am 95% positive that it is because of the update. It was an immediate problem after the update and did not have to do with any new game etc. All of my $ is invested in my business start up and my wedding, I simply can not afford to incur the cost of the repair ($99). I purchased a ps3 because of Sony’s supposed customer service and product backing. I am waiting for them to do the right thing here, but even if they do; I am still without games and blu-rays for the time being. Please urge the firm to do the right thing here. We can hope that they will do the ethical thing and fix the problem. ———BTW, why is it that some of those who have posted here claim that it is impossible for a firmware update to do this? A system update by definition changes the nature of the system and therefore can render it useless

  • My ps3 fat has now crashed and I am 95% positive that it is because of the update. It was an immediate problem after the update and did not have to do with any new game etc. All of my $ is invested in my business start up and my wedding, I simply can not afford to incur the cost of the repair ($99). I purchased a ps3 because of Sony’s supposed customer service and product backing. I am waiting for them to do the right thing here, but even if they do; I am still without games and blu-rays for the time being. Please urge the firm to do the right thing here. We can hope that they will do the ethical thing and fix the problem. ———BTW, why is it that some of those who have posted here claim that it is impossible for a firmware update to do this? A system update by definition changes the nature of the system and therefore can render it useless

  • SCREW YOU SONY!

    I updated my system like i normally would and my PS3 tells me that a serious error has occured. I try contacting playstation and no answer so I have tried resetting the whole system and nothing. went out today and bout a new hard drive and downloaded 3.61 firm ware and get the same damn message! I blame sony 100%!!!! I have always taken care of my ps3 dusted it cleaned vents take games out of it when not in use and I have a red screen!

  • I just downloaded the new firmware 3.61 and IMMEDIATELY after trying to restart the 3 beeps and red lights flashing pops up? No way it’s a coincidence, this firmware crashes fat models. This is perfect, Sony screws me for online play, then makes sure I can’t even play offline by crashing my system with the bait of free games.

  • I updated my system like i normally would and my PS3 tells me that a serious error has occured. I try contacting playstation and no answer so I have tried resetting the whole system and nothing. went out today and bout a new hard drive and downloaded 3.61 firm ware and get the same damn message! I blame sony 100%!!!!

  • PS3 3.61 is naff…..updated no problem then all games started to either crash or freeze.
    I have noticed that my ps3 seems alot hotter then previously.

    Another occasion when Sony are going to bury the heads in the sand and deny its down to them.

  • My ps3 went down tonight after an hour or so playing lego pirates otc I have an original PS3 60gig with the front flap housing memory card readers, the system now works ok but does not read disks properly and thus is unable to load games etc, the system has been treated very well and hasn’t had long periods of play since I purchased it new, I have kept my ps3 free from build ups of dustand is kept in a well ventelated area. I noticed the heat from the vent was higher than I have ever noticed before.

    I personally blame sloppy programming of the latest 3.61 firmware and if this is correct then what are my chances of sony fixing the issue? (Current opinion – Zero)

    I am in two minds about replacing the unit and funding sony’s pocket and there is no way I will buy a Gaybox 360.

  • I was playing COD and it is doing NOTHING but playing for a few minutes, then CRASHING and turning OFF or going to a black screen! I am so annoyed! Do I need to make the switch to XBOX 360!

  • I was playing madden 10 when my ps3 froze. I can still play downloadable games but none of my disc based games will work & it said I had a corrupted hardrive & restored it but it still won’t read the discs.

  • I just descided to turn my PS3 on again after some weeks. Downloaded the new update 3.61 and while installing it, it suddenly went off. Now it has completely crashed and wont go on anymore. When i turn the console on, the led goes green for like 3 or 4 seconds, then 1 sec a yellow light next the red light starts blinking (but no beebs).
    I also have the old model, didnt contact sony about it yet. Before i updated it, it worked perfectly.

  • Ive never had a problem with black ops but ever since lastnight it just randomly started freezeing at the multiplayer screen but it still let’s me play zombies? Tell me somethings not wrong with sonys servers…quiet funny it happens right after all the error bull from the store happens, and many people I know online says its happening to them as well, wtf is going on its one problem after the next with sony its getting to really irritate me, I’ve lost a lot of respect for the company in the last 2 months..and it just keeeps going down more and more, sony just needs to face the facts that something THEY did messed up the servers online becauase there’s no other explenation for this, I have a 140gb ps3 and I havnt had one problem with any game untill now, when all these errors keep happening..sony needs to face the facts before its too late

  • I have played black ops since it came out with no problems and since the network came back up and system update my system ps3 fat 80gb freezes up and then it will not read a disk at all. i have had this system since it came out with no problems till now and i agree with others Sony needs to man up and fix or they are going to loose alot of custmers

  • HAPPENED TO ME THIS MORNING DOWNLOADED 3.61 THE OTHER DAY PLAYED COD ONLINE SWITCHED OFF YLOD HAD THE MCHINE FOR 2 YEARS RARELY PLAY IT MINT CONDITION NOW LOST EVERYTHING. UP YOURS SONY.

    JOIN UP @ 3.61 KILLED MY PLAYSTATION ON FACEBOOK
    WRITE TO SONY
    WRITE TO WATCHDOG

    ENOUGH OF THIS SHIT

  • my sons ps3 has has broke since he started playing lanoire…dont know if its the game or sony at fault..dont know who to complain to…also think i will have to buy a new one or get him an x box…we also get the 3 blleeps and the red light ..it worked once after shut down but then stopped again just carnt get it started…i

  • YES. I have a fat 60 gig. 10 mins after new patch was installed got the yellow light of death. Called sony and they say its just a coincidence. GOOGLE IT SONY! Its not a coincidence. But how do you get back millions lost from the PSN being down? You force everyone with an old PS3 buy a new one or give sony 150 to fix it. They know exactly what that patch does.

  • YES. I have a fat 60 gig. 10 mins after new patch was installed got the yellow light of death. Called sony and they say its just a coincidence. GOOGLE IT SONY! Its not a coincidence. But how do you get back millions lost from the PSN being down? You force everyone with an old PS3 buy a new one or give sony 150 to fix it. They know exactly what that patch does.

  • YES. I have a fat 60 gig. 10 mins after new patch was installed got the yellow light of death. Called sony and they say its just a coincidence. GOOGLE IT SONY! Its not a coincidence. But how do you get back millions lost from the PSN being down? You force everyone with an old PS3 buy a new one or give sony 150 to fix it. They know exactly what that patch does.

  • I came home to my PS3 that hadn’t been on at all since the previous night when I accessed the Store (first day it was back since the hack). When I turned it on, it flashed yellow, then red. I called Sony and they want me cover all shipping charges and pay 130 dollars for a chance it may get fixed, if not I get e refurbished model and lose 4 years of data. Not very happy right now.

  • my ps3 doesn’t turn off it just freezes while im playing and im signed in im kinda scared i dont have any money 2 fix it or get a new 1

  • Ever since the 3.61 update my 80 gb PS3 can’t play a disk for more than 45 minutes, yet can play downloaded non-disk content like normal. WTF!!! When I call Sony they offer little help other than pay $125 to send it in. My PS3 never had a single problem before the update, fess up to the issue Sony!

  • Installed update 3.61. Started watching a DVD. 20 minutes later YLOD and now have to disassemble my ps3 to get the DVD out, since it won’t even come up in safe mode.

  • since i took the 3.61 update twice during gameplay my ps3 jus shutdowns and blink red i have to restart it i take very gd care of it and its clean an getting surficient air so it could never be overheating im very concerned about this so please look into this whoever sony or gameproviders their must be some problem……..

  • i’ve got a 60GB Ltd Launch Edition fatty.

    when 3.61 came along, i played GT5 for a few hours and then it froze.
    turned off and tried again, this time it froze after 10 minutes!

    i haven’t touched my machine for about 3 weeks now and it’s pissing me off that they don’t seem to care.

    where’s the patch to sort the mistake Sony?

    • Can play any game except uncharted 2 and cod. Beep 3 times red light flashes. All other games work fine.

  • Sony are well pissing me off. I finally downloaded update 3.61 last night and it made my console have the blinking red light. Now it won’t turn on. Sony now say I need to pay £130 for a refurb console with 3 months warranty. The way I see it there update busted my console so they should fix it or replace it. Oh well no welcome back pack for me. If anyone else has had this problem please post. Thanks

  • I did the 3.61 update and was playing killzone 2, Two minutes later ps3 froze and will not do anything. Thanks playstation for nothing.

  • I suggest you guys form a section on Facebook to complain about this and put more pressure on Sony,,

  • I have the same problem. Fat 60gb PS3 either stopped recognising disks or stuck trying to read the disk whilst playing, 5 days ago after 3.61 update. My console is currently with a repairer because I thought the laser had gone. Just spoke to him on the phone and he’s tried 3 new replacement drives in it and ALL are doing the same thing. He has been speaking to Sony and said it’s the firmware update “knocking out the processor” which is nonsense, but the problem is definitely not the drive unit itself, probably the drive controller on the main board has been fried somehow. My PS3 has never had a problem before the 3.61 update. Oh and I don’t own LA Noire. I’m going to be gutted if I have to pay for the repair and it doesn’t even fix it.

    • This just happened to me. I was playing black op’s just the other day and the system turned off on me. I had just starting playing so the PS3 was not HOT or overheated. I have a Fat 60gb. After system shut down I tried to reboot and nothing happened. System turns on and tries to run then it just shuts off and I get a blinking red light.

  • I have the same problem. Fat 60gb PS3 either stopped recognising disks or stuck trying to read the disk whilst playing, 5 days ago after 3.61 update. My console is currently with a repairer because I thought the laser had gone. Just spoke to him on the phone and he’s tried 3 new replacement drives in it and ALL are doing the same thing. He has been speaking to Sony and said it’s the firmware update “knocking out the processor” which is nonsense, but the problem is definitely not the drive unit itself, probably the drive controller on the main board has been fried somehow. My PS3 has never had a problem before the 3.61 update.

  • Okay so two days ago i logged onto PSN and before getting ready to play heavy rain , i was prompted that there was a system update ( 3.61 ) i installed the update and was playing heavy rain for about five minute. Then stop and decided to switch games and play COD Black Ops. When i inserted the game , the playstation could not recongnize the game , as i thought this was weird. I put in other games.. like 4 or 5 different ones. Mortal kombat , assasins creed , etc. Basically right after i installed this new update my playstation stopped recongizing any game i put in it. I have the fat 40gb playstation. And for those who think my laser went bad , that isnt the issue. Everything was perfectly fine until this last update. Anyone having the same issue or know how to fix or what?

    • YES! Exactly the same thing…my boys were devastated. We tried everything restoring, even lost all their data trying to fix the thing. $1400 in games, of course out of warranty. I am convinced it was the update. The DVD drive spins, but does not recognize the disk. We bought a new PS3 today. The stupid thing still causes all kinds of network problems and we can’t get Black Ops updated – it times out on the network. I’m ready to return this stupid thing and get them an Xbox.

    • YES! Exactly the same thing…my boys were devastated. We tried everything restoring, even lost all their data trying to fix the thing. $1400 in games, of course out of warranty. I am convinced it was the update. The DVD drive spins, but does not recognize the disk. We bought a new PS3 today. The stupid thing still causes all kinds of network problems and we can’t get Black Ops updated – it times out on the network. I’m ready to return this stupid thing and get them an Xbox.

  • tom mckeough. my ps3 is only 16 months old.350 mb. downloaded new patch then opened new killzone 3. game freezes every time on 5th level. same night it overheated playing black ops. it is all caused by 3.61 patch.never had problem until reset password and patch.they better fix it or i will get 360. have always bought sony ,im realy upset

  • Yes – 80GB model patched to 3.61

    Does the machine start up – Yes
    For how long – well after leaving it several days I was able to back up the system for which took approx. 1.5 hours
    What were you doing when the console shut down – Playing a patched version of LA Noir, I restarted the console, and game and then it shut down.
    Does it occur with other games – Yes FIFA10 after about 40mins.
    Where is the console located – it isn’t on carpet it sits on a well-ventilated (open sides) tv/home cinema stand with glass shelves.

  • Got the same problem as most of all. My ps3 Fat 40G (november/2007) show these 3 blinking red when I try to turn it on. It started right after i downloaded the firmware 3.61.

  • To start with i thought i was just unlucky when i got the yellow light, 3 months outside of an extended warranty. Fair enough, electronics can break from time to time. I took the console to an independent and got it fixed, brought a cooling tray to stop it overheating again and fitted a variable resistor to control the fan, having it on high most of the time. Downloaded and new patch and 2 hours later the console yellow lighted.. coincidence?

  • To start with i thought i was just unlucky when i got the yellow light, 3 months outside of an extended warranty. Fair enough, electronics can break from time to time. I took the console to an independent and got it fixed, brought a cooling tray to stop it overheating again and fitted a variable resistor to control the fan, having it on high most of the time. Downloaded and new patch and 2 hours later the console yellow lighted.. coincidence?

  • UPDATE 3.61 CRASHED MY SHITSTATION. I GOT THE LATEST PSE SLIM.THE WEEK I UPDATED AND CRASH AFTER CRASH. THIS IS JUNK. PLAYSTATION IS GREEDY AND WANT EVERY DIME THEY CAN GET. IF ITS AN EXTENDED WARRENTY FOR $59.99, WHICH I GOT SO PLAYSTATION YOU’LL SEE MY PS3 AGAIN. BUT IM GONNA DELETE THE UPDATE REDOWNLOAD AND TURN OFF POWER WHILE DOWNLOADING AND BRICK IT SO SONY CAN’T REPAIR THAT MODEL AND THEY WILL BE FORCED TO GIVE ME REFERBISHED/NEW ONE. THEN I WONT EVER UPDATE AFTER I GET IT BACK. DON’T TRUST SONY.

  • i just updated the latest 3.61

    my system went ‘laggy’ in the main screen as well as in the games, played mgs4 & fifa11.
    non-stop lagging and i googled for solutions. there i found this site

  • I have one of the very first original 60gb machines and have never had any problems from new. now however i am getting crashes when watching tv/video online. and just tonight i tried to play black ops for the first time in a while and it wont even boot. just get a black screen and a few lines flicker in the lower right.
    i got a bad feeling its on its way out. but i will see if theres any way to improve the cooling and see if that helps. fingers crossed

  • My console (new slim 320gb) freezes when watching the bbc iplayer (Usually get video for 2-5 mins and then it just freezes. Arggghhhhhh!!!!

  • I’m on my third system all with blue ray reading issues too. When my past consoles blue rays failed it was impossible to get a game to load or even create game data to save on to the system. After this firmware update I’ve experienced a different kind of failure.

    I get freezing and loading issues with the error code 8001002B the dirty disc code when the game is brand new. After a full format my HDD continues to be corrupted when there is no data on the HDD. Little Big Planet 2 and DJ Hero 2 are the only games that have worked often if I’m able to get past the error code. Though sometimes I don’t even receive error codes on those two games so it’s really strange.

  • my original 60GB machine started to download the the 3.61 update but when it reached 9% it shutdown and now has the yellow light of death.

  • I’M PISSED!! My fat ps3 40gb bricked today! It froze after 2 minutes of play the shut off, with 3 beeps then red blinking light. I reset the power switch and powered up the PS3, but within 30 seconds, it shut down again w/ 3 beeps and led blinking. I was playing my new Killzone 3 when it died. I updated the firmware as everyone else did on May 23. It is 3 years old but never played more than 4-5 hours a week. Sometimes I go months with playing games as I get real busy. Coincidence? I don’t think so, but my friends fat 80gb also bricked last month after an update. His box was barely over 1 yr old. It was a Best Buy refurb. Cost him $100 to get it fixed thru Sony. I have several new games I haven’t even gotten to play yet. Just reading posts here, it seems there’s a bunch of bricked PS3’s post firmware update. I remember reading this stuff a couple weeks back and was glad I wasn’t having this issue. Guess I’m not so lucky. Pretty f’ing bummed!

  • I’M PISSED!! My fat ps3 40gb bricked today! It froze after 2 minutes of play the shut off, with 3 beeps then red blinking light. I reset the power switch and powered up the PS3, but within 30 seconds, it shut down again w/ 3 beeps and led blinking. I was playing my new Killzone 3 when it died. I updated the firmware as everyone else did on May 23. It is 3 years old but never played more than 4-5 hours a week. Sometimes I go months with playing games as I get real busy. Coincidence? I don’t think so, but my friends fat 80gb also bricked last month after an update. His box was barely over 1 yr old. It was a Best Buy refurb. Cost him $100 to get it fixed thru Sony. I have several new games I haven’t even gotten to play yet. Just reading posts here, it seems there’s a bunch of bricked PS3’s post firmware update. I remember reading this stuff a couple weeks back and was glad I wasn’t having this issue. Guess I’m not so lucky. Pretty f’ing bummed!

  • My PS3 shut down playing L.A. Noire. Now I can’t turn it back on it just beeps 3 times and then the red light blinks. I’ve never had any freeze or crash issues with my PS3 80GB fatty which is just over 3 years old. Not sure who’s to blame L.A. Noire or the new PS3 firmware but either way it’s not a coincidence that all these users are having issues.

  • Mine YLOD’d last night within 10 minutes of installing 3.61. I fired it up off a cold boot, installed the mandatory patch so I could play some GT5, and it shut down within minutes and was YLOD after 2 attempts at rebooting. Fat 20GB here, never had ANY issues with it until now, kept it clean/well-ventilated/etc. I find it very odd that it “overheated” yet was still quite cool to the touch on the exhaust ports since it wasn’t even turned on for 10 minutes!

  • this is a load of bollocks!! downloaded the bloody update,started playing gt5 then i got ylod on my 40gb fat. so i had it re balled and re-pasted with good arctic silver paste. brought la noire on friday, played about 6 hrs and next day had to do the 1.01 la noire update. 15 mins in and YLOD again!!!!! im fuckin fuming! somebody better sort this problem out coz alot of people are getting pissed with ps3’s at the moment. dont care who’s fault it is, r/star or sony, but somebody better sort this shit our else there will be alot of lawsuits filed. good luck people. peace

  • this is a load of bollocks!! downloaded the bloody update,started playing gt5 then i got ylod on my 40gb fat. so i had it re balled and re-pasted with good arctic silver paste. brought la noire on friday, played about 6 hrs and next day had to do the 1.01 la noire update. 15 mins in and YLOD again!!!!! im fuckin fuming! somebody better sort this problem out coz alot of people are getting pissed with ps3’s at the moment. dont care who’s fault it is, r/star or sony, but somebody better sort this shit our else there will be alot of lawsuits filed. good luck people. peace

  • this is a load of bollocks!! downloaded the bloody update,started playing gt5 then i got ylod on my 40gb fat. so i had it re balled and re-pasted with good arctic silver paste. brought la noire on friday, played about 6 hrs and next day had to do the 1.01 la noire update. 15 mins in and YLOD again!!!!! im fuckin fuming! somebody better sort this problem out coz alot of people are getting pissed with ps3’s at the moment. dont care who’s fault it is, r/star or sony, but somebody better sort this shit our else there will be alot of lawsuits filed. good luck people. peace

  • Want to add myself to the list of affected users. I just bought a CECHA-01 (Original Launch 60 Gig) refurbished off Ebay about a month and a half ago. Worked absolutely perfectly, no freezes, no crashing. I installed the 3.61 update and bam, Constantly RLOD’ing, very unstable, can’t get it too boot sometimes. I wish Sony would get their heads out of their asses and acknowledge it, and push out a fix ASAP.

  • 60GB fat also bricked after firmware update with game disc stuck. After the update, things seemed to run considerably slower. Although I had played Block Ops a couple of times after the update, the crash happened after watching Netflix streaming movies. It was dreadfully slow so I turned off the console. 2 hours later it had the YLOD.

    Although I agree that things do have a shelf life, there are too many people reporting this.

  • 80GB fat, bricked after firmware update. Game stuck in console… Sony is doomed.

    • thebestmover@aol.comtom mckeough. my ps3 is only 16 months old.350 mb. downloaded new patch then opened new killzone 3. game freezes every time on 5th level. same night it overheated playing black ops. it is all caused by 3.61 patch.never had problem until reset password and patch.they better fix it or i will get 360. have always bought sony ,im realy upset

  • Sony i love you guys…i know your trying hard im always going to be a sony man,iv had this PS3 for going on 4-5 years now i think …i take amazing care of it, and thats why i wanted to cry when i got the ylod today while playing Fallout New Vegas…im not here to bitch and moan like the rest of these guys…i just want you to get right with me…

    -FUCK XBOX im guna be playing with your stations for the rest of my life…

  • THIS IS BULLSHIT SONY BROKE MY PS3 AND now want ME to pay to have it FIXED im not afraid to shit in your mouth while you’re sleeping sony WATCH THE FUCK OUT

  • It just happened to me too. In the middle of installing the update, my PS3, which has always worked fine, shut down and I got the yellow light of death. Now it no longer works! What a ripoff! Sony is going to have a class action suit on its hands!

  • It just happened to me too. In the middle of installing the update, my PS3, which has always worked fine, shut down and I got the yellow light of death. Now it no longer works! What a ripoff! Sony is going to have a class action suit on its hands!

  • It just happened to me too. In the middle of installing the update, my PS3, which has always worked fine, shut down and I got the yellow light of death. Now it no longer works! What a ripoff! Sony is going to have a class action suit on its hands!

  • Update: This morning when turning on the PS3 I get a “file system corrupted” error, and it reformatted my hard drive. Very screwed at this point with regards to game saves.

  • I was playing fallout 3 because the network was down and couldnt play COD black ops. Once the update came out I started to see a lot of freezing on Fallout 3 and would just crash. Now at the title screen it freezes. My PS3 is next to a window for cooling off when playing. I dust it off all the time. Now my PS3 wont play games any more. Dont know if the Update was meant for the SLIM because When I reset the PS3 to its defaults,the PS3 told me to connect my control via USB and the diagram showed a PS3 slim instead of the Fat one. WEIRD!! Sony fix this because i know you did this so that we can buy PS3’s again because of the month you guys had loss.

  • Yes, this happened to me, less than 5 minutes of gameplay after installing update, I got a black screen, red lights and yellow light, etc.

  • 40gig ps3 fat. YLOD as soon as the console rebooted after installing 3.61 firmware. thanks sony.

  • Don’t have LA Noire (yet)… experiencing “freezes” in CoD Black Ops, Borderlands, Rock Band 3, Fallout 3 since 3.61 patch. All working fine prior to the patch. Lockups appear to correspond to HD access. I’m not claiming the patch is causing oveheating – but I certainly believe the patch is causing freezing.

  • My 80 gb fat system bricked Sunday night sitting on the xmb after I got through updating while I was deciding what to play…

  • My 80 gb fat system bricked Sunday night sitting on the xmb after I got through updating while I was deciding what to play…

  • I have a launch 60g model.

    Console died shortly after update while watching netflix.

    At start up, light goes green, flashes yellow super briefly, then goes red.
    -dead-

    wtf.

  • I haven’t had any issues…excpet the freezing when I would get online, before I updated to 3.60….then I would have freezing a little, but not bad….my only issue now with 3.61 is downloading got slow as hell.

  • My 60gb over heats and freezes recently, So annoying … They need to start from scratch … Clearly their software has issues which must be so complex that its become hard for them to even locate the problem and cause security breeches that effect everyone! Argh so much for Sony quality

  • My 60gb over heats and freezes recently, So annoying … They need to start from scratch … Clearly their software has issues which must be so complex that its become hard for them to even locate the problem and cause security breeches that effect everyone! Argh so much for Sony quality

  • Yes this also happened to me. I had just turned on my PS3 and tried to start a game (lego harry potter) but was propted to download the 3.61 update before going into the game. It started downloading but within a few seconds the PS3 just switched off. When I tried to turn it back on it starts up for a couple of seconds before the light turns briefly yellow and then flashing red along with the beeps.

    This is totally Sony’s fault. I’ve been trying for days to get through to their customer services but they just have the recorded message saying “we’re busy try again later”.

    Terrible customer service and totally unacceptable. They should be replacing all the machines they have broken.

    I’ve been loyal to Sony and have never had another manufacturers console since buying my PS1. Also my tv and amp and other products are all Sony. Not after this though, i’m buying an Xbox and when my other stuff needs upgrading it won’t be Sony’s!

  • I have 120 gig slim and since i went to 3.61 my ps3 keeps freezing while loading the multiplayer screen on COD black ops. go figure the networks down AGAIN!

  • I have 120 gig slim and since i went to 3.61 my ps3 keeps freezing while loading the multiplayer screen on COD black ops. go figure the networks down AGAIN!

  • Same thing here. Me and my friends system. I have older one, he has newest one. Same thing. We were playing Portal 2 and didn’t even get started. I noticed on mine, that it will not play a dvd that I just watch yesterday, the day before the upgrade. Now tell me that is a coincidence. Fix it Sony,,,,geeez

  • Yes, this is happening to me also. I have an old 80GB MGS4 edition of the PS3. Since mine is out of warranty, I will really be pissed if a software update caused made my PS3 to be unusable. Sony, you need to fix this issue fast.

  • I have the original 60GB, had it since launch 07. My PS3 went off while listening to music, same yellow light then red light flashing. I haven’t downloaded 3.61 though! Don’t understand how mine has crashed if i haven’t downloaded the update!

  • My 60gb unit crashed 2 days after the 3.61 update. I have a external fan pack on my ps3 to prevent over heating. I now have not video or audio on start up and the controllers will not connect. if I unplug the unit and let it sit I can get it to start up but it crashes again shortly after.

  • I have been playing MAG for the past year since the update it would freeze up I wouldn’t have a gun and other problems as well. I have the PS3 280gb system have never had this problem before” the thing ran GREAT” . Now I have reboted and received updates for MAG and now they wont install WTF@%^&*()@#$…!!!!!!!! does any body have any answers???????????????

  • its not the game i was playin la noire not connected to any internet and hadent done since the network was hacked and on sat the 21st may i pluged it back in and as soon as the internet connected it died and got the yellow light this has never happened before i have the fat 60gb since its release it has to be down to sony

  • Crashed immediately after 3.61 update. It is stuck on some type of update, background looks like it is on pause then screen goes black after it completes a cycle(green bar) from left to right. I have never had any issues until I updated to this 3.61. I haven’t had time to contact sony but when I do I expect a fix. If not, I’ll simply sell my games and never buy sony again.
    Very upset.

  • jut did the 3.61 update now my console will not turn on at all this unit is only a few months old!!!! HOPE U FUCKERS AT SONY ARE READING THIS……….

  • I was not even playing a game… I was just watching a movie when it happened. I think Sony just sabotaged my console to force me to buy a new one. Well screw you Sony. I am going to sue your buts for ruining a perfectly good device…just because you did not even bother testing your update on every generation on your PS3. Bunch of lazy sods.
    No way I am forking out money for an error that you have imposed on my device. I’m sending the repair invoice over to you guys and you can pay for it. Bande de cons!

  • I have just had YLOD after update but was not online when crashed – now beeps and flashing lights all while refusing to give me my game back – very uncool

  • Since the update 3.61 mine crashes and switches off.
    Not happy with sony as they are to blame if they dont exept the fact,they are to blame and sort it.I will never buy a sony consle again might go back to xbox i think.(what a let down) sat here with a brick.

  • YES- This has happened to me also, I installed the update, changed password etc and continued to load up Call of Duty: Black Ops. I got about 10 seconds of gaming before the machine switched off, giving three beeps and flashing a red LED on the front. Now the console will not turn on at all, and now my game is stuck inside also. After contacting Sony, all they can offer is a new, re-furbished model for just £135! NO WAY!!! Thanks Sony, thanks for NOTHING!!

  • Mine’s been buggered since Friday. I update to v3.61 firmware on Thursday night. I played FIFA11 on Friday afternoon, it froze on me so I switched it off. I can turn the console on however it won’t read any disc – music, game, blu ray. Upon scouring numerous forums this is also a problem happening to other people. I don’t even own LA Noire and my console has never skipped a beat UNTIL I UPLOADED FWv3.61. Been a Sony fanboy since the mid 90’s but this has stuck in the knife and broke it off – I have a feeling they’ll struggle to recover from this absolutely shambolic PR disaster. I’m too stuborn to go and buy a wrecked box…… but it sure is tempting.

  • My 80gb won’t even update to the 3.61… It just says error after like 5 mins every time… And the crashes aren’t new to me either… I just want the free games!!!!! Anyone have the same problem with the 80gb or is it just me?

  • have the new slim ps3. also freezes on bfbc2 and fifa 2011 after the update. I also noted that the fan is working harder so yes, systems are overheating. been working all my life with pc’s (repair) so I know when a system is overheating.

  • Happened to me too…old fat 40G…online for 5 mins the red flashing light and yellow light then dead!

  • I was playing L.A Noire and my PS3 just switched It’s self off, and when I try to turn It back on It bleeps 3 times and flashes red. I think Sony have dug a bigger hole for them selves, looks like I’ll be selling L.A Noire and buying It for Xbox what a load of shite Sony.

  • I was playing L.A Noire and my PS3 just switched It’s self off, and when I try to turn It back on It bleeps 3 times and flashes red. I think Sony have dug a bigger hole for them selves, looks like I’ll be selling L.A Noire and buying It for xbox what a load of shite Sony.

  • Watched a bluray folm last night for the first tone sin ce the update. My 40gnarled fat console crashed 4 times. Ended up not bothering watching in the end. It got very frustratimg.

  • Watched a bluray folm last night for the first tone sin ce the update. My 40gnarled fat console crashed 4 times. Ended up not bothering watching in the end. It got very frustratimg.

  • Any fool that post’s that it’s got nothing to do with the console is obviously employed by Sony, and just trying to damn well cover it up!!!! Instead of constantly looking at the hackers, why don’t they concentrate on their console development and stop stuffing around with firmware updates that are making the console unstable……..

  • Any fool that post’s that it’s got nothing to do with the console is obviously employed by Sony, and just trying to damn well cover it up!!!! Instead of constantly looking at the hackers, why don’t they concentrate on their console development and stop stuffing around with firmware updates that are making the console unstable……..

    • yeah I think the same, mine crashed after installing 3.61 I played F1 2010 saved my game put out my console, next day wanted to play and had YLOD, it has nothing to do with any game!!! Mine is also a 80 G, but we payed 600 euros for it in the beginning SO YOU WOULD EXPECT AN EXPLANATION, SONY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A FREAKING SCAM!!!

  • PS3 slim 120 GB, updated to 3.61 yesterday, shutdown and tried to startup today. But it seems to startup, but then it beeps and flashes orange and then continuously red. I mostly use my PS3 as a mediaplayer, so no issues regarding games either.

    And for people who think it is because R* said something about it; I think you should get you head out of your @## and smell the real world.
    Until the update my PS3 slim worked perfectly.

  • I have a 40 gig ps3 and after the 3.61 update it beeps and then flashes red. Crashes 5 minutes playing uncharted 1 and also crashes when trying to backup data.

  • 3.61 firmware causing consoles to crash? I don’t think so.

    We’ve all had to downlaod the firmware 3.61 & nothing was said & no people were claiming there consoles were crashing etc. Until R* started to claim Sony’s 3.61 firmware were causing there consoles to crash, and not there new game L.A.Noire. More and more reports where coming in about there consoles crashing when playing L.A.Noire, but the funny thing was half the reports are from the Xbox360 fans. R* have now changed there statement, and are now trying to fix there problem. Oops R* you F**ked-Up blaming Sony was not the way to go, unless you where 100% sure it was Sony’s new firmware. And now it’s seems it was your game after all, that R* was your biggest mistake people are now cancelling there Pre-Orders until the problem is fixed.

  • Since update, I’ve had random “lag” and glitching while playing Black Ops. Prior to the update, I’d never once seen a lag while playing (this is offline play by the way).

    I’m 110% positive I’ve never seen a lag prior to the patch. Since the update, it has happened on a pretty frequent basis where it lags when your about to shoot and even when getting “insta-kill” you can shoot and they won’t die, then it’ll animate you shooting twice even if you click once.

  • Same here, installed 3.61 then constantly crashes now won’t even load xmb at all and my game is stuck in it! I have a fat 60gig version from the original uk release, bought in 2007 @£460!! Never had any issues before now I get the 3 beeps and shutdown. Sony claim that everyone is jumping on the “bash playstation ” band wagon, I’ve tried to stay away but they are not leaving me with much choice, firstly psn goes down – that sucks no online game play etc etc, secondly they lose our personal details ok that also sucks, then credit card details too that really sucks, and now an update that renders my ps3 a useless brick! It’s very hard to stay positive for sony with so many critical erors against them.

  • Same here, installed 3.61 then constantly crashes now won’t even load xmb at all and my game is stuck in it! I have a fat 60gig version from the original uk release, bought in 2007 @£460!! Never had any issues before now I get the 3 beeps and shutdown.

  • Yeah my console crashed on me too, I was playing BFBC2 for an hour or so and then my console just beeped three times, and turned off and started flashing. Now I can’t even get the disc I was playing out….
    But it could just be the YLOD fault…. It’s had a good run. Although I’m not Impressed at Sony(NZ) wanting me to pay $315 to fix it. Wouldnt I be better off just investing in an Xbox with a secure network

  • New games push the console MORE and more each time.
    A CPU/GPU doing more work makes more heat.
    Hot consoles are likely to fail.
    The PS3 is known for failing due to overheating.
    All of this is known, why a surprise?
    It just shows up what a poor job Sony did with cooling the PS3 right from the start.
    Still, at least its not RROD.

  • Mine stopped the game I was playing signed me out of psn then told me my tag was already in use. For about 5 seconds.. Very strange.. Was playing cod black ops

  • Mine stopped the game I was playing signed me out of psn then told me my tag was already in use. For about 5 seconds.. Very strange.. Was playing cod black ops

    • If you get signed out of the PSN saying your PSN name is in use, then someone logged into your account. Call Of Duty games are prone to getting cheaters and hackers looking to screw your account up.

  • This isn’t a new problem with the Network or Firmware, The 60gb and 80gb models have always had this issue with some games. It is down to the developers of the games to patch the bugs, but everyone assumes it is Sony’s responsibility due to their recent problems.

    Ask anyone playing MAG on an old ‘fat’ PS3. The game will often freeze or drop it’s server connection. This isn’t Sony’s issue.

    • yes it is Sony’s problem, since the update there are more complains than ever about dead ps3 systems, freezing has always been there, but not this. My ps3 system crashed while updating…

  • This isn’t a new problem with the Network or Firmware, The 60gb and 80gb models have always had this issue with some games. It is down to the developers of the games to patch the bugs, but everyone assumes it is Sony’s responsibility due to their recent problems.

    Ask anyone playing MAG on an old ‘fat’ PS3. The game will often freeze or drop it’s server connection. This isn’t Sony’s issue.

  • What a load of rubbish there’s no way firmware can cause the console to overheat!

    Rockstar have retracted the statement and it now seems LA Noire is causing PS3 AND Xbox to overheat.

    • Rob | May 19, 2011 1:27 PM | Reply

      What a load of rubbish there’s no way firmware can cause the console to overheat!

      Rockstar have retracted the statement and it now seems LA Noire is causing PS3 AND Xbox to overheat.
      _____________________________________________________________
      You obviously know nothing about firmware and thus shouldn’t make claims about it, software can cause all sorts of issues, there are a number of ways firmware can cause over heating and this thread shows that this is what has happened.
      List of simple things that could cause it:
      1. Firmware controlls fan speeds – nuff said
      2. Firmware allows more background tasks to be active thus working the CPU harder – harder work means hotter CPU
      3. Bad Firmware causes CPU to run a heavy tasks inificiantly – CPU gets hotter
      4. Firmware includes update to blueray player that causes more heat to be generated tipping the CPU over the heat limit – ok slim chance but it could happen
      5. Firmware sends out high frequency signals to local insects causing them to home in on CPU and smother it – bloody unlikly but you never know
      6. Firmware alters CPU FSB so it over heats

      Mine just broke bout 30 mins ago days after installing 3.61 update

      I did notice that my PS3 was hotter than it had been before judging by the air from the vents.

      IT Guy signing off.

    • well, I’ve had firmware on my xperia causing my cellphone to be flaming H.O.T. so either you don’t know s*** about firmware or you’re one of SONY’s guys. which one are you, kontol???

  • i have a slim 320gb system and since the update, it hasnt happened to me (touch wood). the only games ive played since though are homefront and portal 2. both work fine. hope sony sort this out for the unlucky ones that do encounter this problem. playstation owners are having a very hard time at the moment

  • I have ps3 slim and since update havr had la noire crash and wwe legends, lego pirates all crash

  • I’ve had two games freeze on me randomly since the update Start the Party and WWE Smackdown VS Raw 2011 never had any problems before the update.

  • YES – this happened to me. I updated, rebooted and loaded Portal 2, managed to play for about 5 seconds and it crashed. Now it will not boot up at all, just gives the “three beeps followed by red light”.

    I have contacted Sony and logged a call. I just received a call back from Rich Smailes, the Playstation support manager and he denied that the update had anything to do with the failiure and that it is “coincidence”. I don’t buy it – there are plenty of reports cropping up of other people having this exact problem.

    Thanks Sony for breaking my PS3.

    • I had the same exact thing happen. Update, load portal 2, 5secs, three beeps. This is bullshit! sony needs to fix my ps3!

      • My son saved his allowance and lawn mowing money for a 40 gig ps3. Same story as yours…5 mins after update it’s dead. What a nice life lesson he’s learned.

      • My son saved his allowance and lawn mowing money for a 40 gig ps3. Same story as yours…5 mins after update it’s dead. What a nice life lesson he’s learned.

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