Just when you thought that Sony’s recent firmware update to disable the console’s ‘Other OS’ feature could not have been more controversial, out comes the company with yet another firmware update which is reportedly capable of bricking the console. But there is a difference though: this one is purely unintentional, and affects only a small group of people.
Read on to find out more about this firmware upgrade.
For most users, the purchase of a video game console can be simplified to just two steps: 1) Purchase console and games and 2) Set it up and forget about it.
However, there will always be those who are not contented with the stock configuration provided by the console manufacturer. Needless to say, this is where such people start experimenting on their consoles with various performance upgrades or modifications in a bid to gain more value out of what they spent on.
Unfortunately, this also opens up a whole can of worms due to the legally dubious nature of certain modifications. And in this case, it seems that the simple act of upgrading the PS3’s stock hard disk can cause the machine to brick itself after the latest firmware (3.41) from Sony is downloaded and installed into the system.
According to Maximum PC, users who had switched out the default 2.5” SATA hard disk for one of a bigger capacity may themselves locked out of the console after the update is performed. Instead of booting up to the elegant Playstation menu, those affected by the issue will be greeted with a rather cryptic message claiming that the console had ‘no applicable data’ to run off on.
The website also quoted the Computer and Video Games website, which claimed to have discovered the cause of the issue. Unlike most typical firmware updates that write onto the system flash ROM, Sony apparently opted to install the firmware patches into the hard disk (and not onto the system ROM), thus changing the hard disk results in the loss of previous firmware images and rendering the console unusable.
However, Sony claims that the issue has nothing to do with a buggy firmware image. Instead, the company is suggesting that users test if the firmware update could be installed onto the stock hard disk. If successful, users should then use an FAT32-formatted thumbdrive to install the 3.41 update onto the upgraded hard disk.