PS3 Update 3.30 Bricking Consoles?: 3 Beeps / No Green Power Light

By Posted 22 Apr 2010, 09:15

Earlier on today we posted an article regarding the new PS3 firmware update (3.30), in this post we asked our readers whether they were experiencing problems with updating their PlayStation 3, we have heard at least two cases of the update bricking consoles.

It could just be a coincidence, however we thought we would ask our readers to fill out a simple poll, this poll is at the end of the post, please take the time out to answer the question as if the problem is widespread we will attempt to contact Sony for you all.

For those of you who do not know what ‘bricking’ is, it is a term used when a device loses all functionality (doesn’t turn on), it’s commonly used when smartphones do not turn on after an update, leaving the handset ‘bricked’.

Later today we will post a follow-up article letting you know how widespread the problem is, it could just be a small minority of consoles which are affected, personally if it was me I wouldn’t update my console until I new for sure that this was not a common problem.

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  • DMan

    Not enough Facepalms in the world can explain how stupid this article is. Every update or game release there are "news" articles about bricked consoles, and NOT of them end up true.

    • Jamie Pert

      Well we have over 100 people reporting that their console was fine before the update but now has bricked, thats 23% of the votes take here http://www.product-reviews.net/2010/04/22/ps3-update-bricking-consoles-3-beeps-no-green-power-light/.

      Obviously this is not a true portrayal of all PS3 consoles out there, it could be just 1% of all PS3s, but still this is unacceptable, how would you feel if the update killed your PS3?

      • DMan

        You do know there are xbox fanboy trolling your poll dont you?

      • DMan

        You do know 360 fans are trolling your poll.

      • eric kotzman

        it killed mine and it sucks. i have to have my friend bring his over in order to play games

      • Ron

        mine just bricked, came online to find out if I was an isolated incident but i guess not, its never happened and I bought my ps3 two weeks after it came out- do we get free repairs because of there faulty bs dev teams ruining our consoles? Who owns 3D tvs anyway?

  • billybob

    dude u idiot this article is NOT STUPID, r u a retard?. lol u must work for sony, my fucking ps3 bricked after update 3.30 so fuck you and sony, im so pissed off right now!

  • Jeremy F

    yes…3.30 break my console… i can open it but after…it's all black…nothing is appennig…i can't connecte a controller…nothings happenn

  • christopher jackson

    Yes I'm having that brick problem with 3.30 what can be done to correct after the update download another screen pops up talking about the OS but my controller r remote want let me scroll down to accept it only lets me choose O to cancel someone please help I'm pissed .

  • Tolan

    I’m not ‘bricked up’, but might as well be… my system started freezing up after the update and they seem to happen faster each time I load up. I’ve stopped trying for now, hopefully nothing is screwed up.

  • captscarlet

    My 60gb fat console has worked perfectly for 3 years and now after update 3.30 it is bricked ! No icons are present on the xmb screen and no responce to controllers ,I only bought bc2 3days ago, very very angry.What will sony do about this and the many others?

  • Pete

    Mine was bricked in the previous update 3.15. was hoping this new update would undo the previous damage, but it has not.

    Seems like every update kills more PS3s. 'Coincidentally', they kill PS3s that just past warranty period. Sony is not acknowledging the problems at all. For those who's consoles are fine, don't gloat yet. Yours could well get bricked in the next update. Nice way for Sony to make more $ off repairs and/or new console purchases.

    A journalist has got to expose these unethical practices of Sony.

  • http://psx-scene.com/forums/printthread.php?t=64102 r00tfs

    There are new hardware checks in 3.21/3.30. If something fails and the security check thinks its been compromised it will trigger a brick scenario. Unfortunetly if one of the checked circuits/hardware fails, overheats or becomes loose it could think you are hacking the system and well you know the rest…

  • aspen

    I own all 3 consoles: ps3, wii, xbox 360 and like them all for different reasons so there is no need to troll. I believe update 3.30 bricked my console as I had no difficulties with my machine before the update. As we saw there is proof there are some differences on how the older machines behave vs the the new slims in regards to firmware. I believe the new updates are written for the slims and the fact that the older models had problems connecting to the PSNetwork because of the leapyear bug is proof enough of this. It is my belief/speculation that some things are getting overlooked on the older models and the updates are not careful enough to ensure the older machines are fully compatible with the newer updates. Consequently these machines are most likely not running entirely properly and therefore more likely to break down. Mine died so now I'm just playing my other two systems while i decide if Sony gets any more business from me. Likely they will get ps3 business from me again, but i will not buy other sony stuff like TV's or stereos as a protest.

  • aspen

    I own all 3 consoles: ps3, wii, xbox 360 and like them all for different reasons so there is no need to troll. I believe update 3.30 bricked my console as I had no difficulties with my machine before the update. As we saw there is proof there are some differences on how the older machines behave vs the the new slims in regards to firmware. I believe the new updates are written for the slims and the fact that the older models had problems connecting to the PSNetwork because of the leapyear bug is proof enough of this. It is my belief/speculation that some things are getting overlooked on the older models and the updates are not careful enough to ensure the older machines are fully compatible with the newer updates. Consequently these machines are most likely not running entirely properly and therefore more likely to break down. Mine died so now I'm just playing my other two systems while i decide if Sony gets any more business from me. Likely they will get ps3 business from me again, but i will not buy other sony stuff like TV's or stereos as a protest.

  • Darrend

    Upgraded firmware. Within an hour, it crapper out and shut itself down. Booted up ok and worked for one session without issue. Next time I switched it on (a day later), the console shut down as before, butnow when I try to boot green light comes on, flashes yellow once, turns flashing red with three beeps. Getting on to Sony.

  • Dan

    I for one can attest to the fact that the 3.30 upgrade bricks the older phat models. My 80 gig now freezes during gameplay, usually during uploading or high action scenes, and consistently tells me I have corrupted data. Even after installing a brand new HD and fixing the laser. All this happened after doing the 3.30 downgrade (Sony calls it an "upgrade").

  • kane2007uk

    my ps3 was working fine yesterday then i got ps3 to use my internet and updated to Firmware 3.60 and now no games, dvd, cds work since ive had my ps3 for about 3 years i cant aford to pay sony £150 for a fault 6that wasent mine

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