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Sony has, as expected, officially released a tweaked version of its troubled PlayStation 3 firmware version 2.40. Register Hardware reported on Monday that Sony’s consumer support division was rumoured to be readying the new release with a view to publishing it sometime during the middle of this week. Sony opted to withdraw …


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  1. Mark
    Gates Horns

    Hidden Feature...

    Did anyone else try this out?

    Apparently if you press start while switching on the console it enables HD-DVD playback?

  2. Mark
    Gates Horns


    "Sony has, as expected, officially released a tweaked version of its troubled PlayStation 3 firmware version 2.40."

    Troubled.. What to justify that James? How can you use the term "troubled", when you actually don't know how many units were affected. Most straw polls, show it to be less than 1 in 500... (and even then, the Xbot noise is likely to be a factor).

    If you use the term "troubled" for this, I think it's only fair that ever article you write that refers to Xbox360 use the term also, and with a 30-40% failure rate, that truely is "troubled"...

    Anyone else remember a time when journelism used to be unbiased? Nowadays it's full of idiots creating sensationlising articles in a lame attempt to get web hits, and this advertising revenue..

  3. Eddie Edwards
    Paris Hilton

    Oh yes

    We'll all be rushing to test that for them.

    I suppose they expect n00bs who don't read t'internet to do the beta this time.

    Paris, 'coz even she'll wait a week and see what happens.

  4. paul
    IT Angle

    if i have 2.40 do i need 2.41?

    Yes, my ps3 was fine with 2.40. Do I need to do another update to play cod4?

  5. Rob Kidd

    @ Mark

    If it wasn't troubled, why did they yank it and release a (hopefully) fixed version? I'm really curious to know.

    This has nothing to do with the 360 - no one's saying that doesn't have it's own problems.

    Anyone else remember a time when comments used to be unbiased? Nowadays it's full of fanboys creating sensationalist posts in a lame attempt to stir up a flame war.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    re: Hidden Feature...

    Why would I want HD DVD playback? Thats a dead format...

  7. PIB

    Tabloid journalism

    "... complaints from numerous gamers"

    Numerous? Do you know something we don't?

    It's so much easier to write bitchy comments than writing a balanced, more factually acurate piece.

    "Sony HD ate my Bluray" anyone?

  8. Ian


    Hehehe, funny how you were all for The Reg. when it was posting nothing but pro-Sony, anti-MS articles but now they've added a bit of balance you're suddenly crying.

    Not that I disagree, The Reg. is a bit of a joke nowadays, but don't feel that they're focussing just on your poor dear Sony's latest failing, the ratio of 360 to PS3 trolling by The Reg is definitely still more favourable for the PS3.

    Realising they can't compete with other sites on good journalism due to their comically bad staff like Andrew Orlowski this is how the reg gets their hits now - by relying on flamebait.

  9. b

    np with 2.4

    i had np with 2.4 and don't know anyone who had any probs..

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Hardly a big problem.

    It didn't effect me, nor any of the people I know, nor did I see anyone on any of the PS3 forums that I frequent complain about it, either!

    Sounds like the reporting is the bigger problem.

    Oh well, downloaded and installed the new patch last night...

  11. Mark
    Gates Horns

    @Rob Kidd

    Nobody including myself are saying there wasn't an issue with it, but it's clear the number of people actually suffering from this is miniscule.

    The problem is, with the Xbox hardware being so bad, Xbox owners have their guns loaded and ready to fire at Sony for the slightest thing.

    In the real world, this would be a non-issue, infact I don't recall El-Reg reporting that Lite-On releaded flakey firmware that toasted DVD-Recorders about a year back, but because this is Sony and PS3, it's fair game it seems.

    Even more laughable, is this "troubled" firmware did not actually brick the console to a unusable state, unlike the faulty 360 dashboard update ( ) The PS3 problem is workaroundable. You can borrow a spare 2.5in SATA drive, pop it in, boot up, update firmware to 2.41 and then pop the original drive back in. A hassle yes, but all your gamesaves will be intact.

  12. Mark
    Gates Horns

    Its not troubled

    Waaaaaah you don't love the PS3 but you should.

    I am troubled.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    Moron: "Anyone remember a time when X was Y?"

    Guess what? There never was such a time, you're mistaken.

    For any values of X or Y, save for trivial solutions such as X="the

    year" and Y=1994.

    The nice thing about 2.41 is that you can kick off the update

    and walk away. Previous updates required interaction between

    download and installation, which was a major PITA.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle


    "The PS3 problem is workaroundable. You can borrow a spare 2.5in SATA drive, pop it in, boot up, update firmware to 2.41 and then pop the original drive back in. A hassle yes, but all your gamesaves will be intact."

    Hardly a workaround, you're assuming that average joe who thought they'd bought a simple console would know how to do this and have the equipment to do it.

    It is unacceptable and it is a bigger issue than you'd like to admit. You just can't because you're blinded by your Sony love.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns

    @Anonymous Coward

    Want to show us how you know the scale of the problem?

    NeoGaf polls which are usually free of fanbois show 600:1 ratio of people not having any problems at all. Assuming that only a small percentage of people got the update before it was pulled, I would be suprised if the number of affected people is any more than a few thousand, at most.

    Sony have already said you can send your PS3 back for free repair, I simply demonstated a method of saving you the hassle of that. In the unlilely event you had the problem, it's your choice what method you use..

    At least Sony admit their problems, the firmware was pulled as soon as there was a hint of problems (aside from the usual Xbot noise), how long did Microsoft lie and try to bury the 360's problems? They are sill burying the fact that even the latest Xbox's are still faulty... If I had to trust either Sony or Microsoft, it would be Sony by a mile.

  16. Anonymous Coward

    @Anonymous Coward.... i mean Mark who now has to be Anonymous because he's too ashamed of himself

    Microsoft have never attempted to "bury" any of the 360's problems. You just can't get over anything can you?

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ AC

    "Microsoft have never attempted to "bury" any of the 360's problems.

    that's pretty laughable. They want 18months pretending there were no problems with the 360...

    "Microsoft has now told the BBC that "most people with an Xbox 360 have an outstanding experience, and there is no systemic issue". They say each incident is unique and is looked at on a case by case basis"

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