PS3 Firmware v3.30: Are you worried about updating?

By Gary Johnson - Apr 24, 2010

We have reported on the Sony PS3 firmware update (3.30) recently, but there have been a lot of problems reported to us following the download. Readers have complained their PS3 will not power up, internet connection problems, and controllers no longer working properly are just some of the issues we have been told about.

For those of you that do not already know about the latest update, this latest one brings 3D stereoscopic gaming to the console, but you will need a 3D TV and games for this that have yet to be released. You can now select PC as an option for Remote Play Options, and there is the choice of Bit stream mix or direct in the Blu-audio output formats.

With all of these reported problems with the firmware update are you worried about connecting your PS3 to the internet and getting the update? Or do you think it will be a small percentage of PS3 owners experiencing problems? Let us know if you are having trouble since updating your system.

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  • Darren Landry

    I recently updated to the new v3.30 update, everything was running smooth until after the update. Internet connection problems with the wireless. It will either not turn on or drop connection after a few minutes. Controllers not responding or linking up to the ps3. Game freezes and it freezes on boot up. I can understand Sony trying to bring us some cool features but test the updates at least (beta) before releasing them to us. I'm considering selling my PS3 sys now all because of the problems, wich is sad i might add because i love playing it. Go figure another expensive electronic item to be another blunder. They sure don't make them like they use too…. I never had a single issue with my ps2 Fat or Slim, Since I upgraded to a PS3 it's been fine until NOW! So sad! Hopefully Sony will release another soon to fix the problems with this new V3.30 Update!

  • Nitish

    I ran into the same frozen screen. The solution is to connect the USB, click on the 'O' to Cancel. Then you will get control back. After that do not try to do a System Update and hope they do not push down your throat!

  • Pablo

    My PS3 was working just fine until I had the stupid idea of updating to 3.30. Now, my game freezes and I can't play anymore. I'm formatting everything and if it doesn't work, that's the last thing I bought from Sony. My advice: do not update your system ever.

  • Pablo

    My PS3 was working just fine until I had the stupid idea of updating to 3.30. Now, my game freezes and I can't play anymore. I'm formatting everything and if it doesn't work, that's the last thing I bought from Sony. My advice: do not update your system ever.

  • RedXian

    just applied the update and my controller didn't work so i plugged in using usb and got it going but now my BD remote wont work and i cant get it to register, anyone got any ideas?

  • kenrea0622

    My 2.5 year old system was forced to take the update. Update downloaded and apparently installed just fine. Console shut down but since then cannot turn on anymore. I now have a pretty expensive paper weight. Never had any problems before. console always kept clean and cool. No modifications ever made to console nor were any other OS ever installed. I just have a brick after the update now and Sony Reps seem uncaring to help but willing to take money to replace system. Why at my expense? This was a forced update and now my Console no longer works.

  • Stupid people (Neil)

    These people are probably people who are bullying there PS3’s, I have 2 PS3’s both are fine never had a problem treat them well feed them once a day and they will continue working.

    • Lasse

      do you have 2 ps3's that has 2 usb's or 4 usb's and a card reader ? I think the most of the ppl that are having problem is having problems with the oldest ps3,, the one that was expencive.. but my friends with the "newer" ps3 system dont have any problem at all with the ps3 after the update.. and yeah,, I am having problems with my ps3 system, and I wacumeairdust the ps3 system every month and dont wear out the hdd by having my system on 24/7 and STILL having problem.. AFTER the 3.30 update. I purchased my system 15/5-2007 the problem occured 15/5-2007,,, strange…

      • Lasse

        15/5-2010*

  • Mark

    Why would anyone be worried?

    I have never had a problem, nor do I know anyone that has. It's just lame FUD created by Microsoft and their army of braindead Xbox owners that can't think for themselves, creating the impression that there are update failures.

    The shills come out every time a update comes up "blah blah blah updated bricked my PS3".

    Grow up and report sensible PS3 news stories, or die like the rest of the tabloid blogs posting crap.

  • Chris

    updated fat 60gb model and now ps3 wont read blu ray discs (games and blu ray movies) but dvd's work fine. So does internet and downloaded games. If i leave the system off for a while i can watch a blu ray for about 15 min then it freezes and i have to restart the system holding the button for 10 seconds

  • Wonka

    Downloaded new firmware and my dog imploded. Will there be some kind of emergency patch to fix this?

  • Sels

    All works fine no problem, i dont think ive ever had a problem with it, had it for 2 years

  • DFUK

    My 60gig fat PS3 beeped 3 times during download and turned itself off. Now it won't turn on. At All. The red light flashes and that's it. Anyone who says it must be a coincidence that my machine bricked at exactly the same time I was downloading new firmware is spouting the same bulls**t as SONY Customer Support did when I phoned them. Yeah, right. Idiots.

  • Mathew Quin

    my games will not work, i start them up, and when it connects via the game, it freezes almost instantly, it never did this before the update.

  • Bram

    just had a problem. I turned PS3 on, went to play disc and the image went all wonky. The image is actually cut off on the right and continues on the left of the screen (about 5-10% of the screen image). As well, all objects have trails, as if they are being moved to the right (which they are). I've tried restarting, disconnecting cables, and playing other discs. Unfortunately, it is a problem that is experienced at menu screen as well. What gives? It is not a TV issue.

  • I was worried about updating. I did last night because my brother wanted to play cod, everything is working just fine. I have come to realise that its better to update from a storage media than directly from the ps3, that seems to bring problems.

  • TheBIgTed

    Impossible to play fallout 3 at the moment come sort out please >:(

  • Ken

    I downloaded update per the instructions. Now I am unable to complete the update because none of the controllers are functioning. My system is stuck on "Press the PS button to use the controller". Any suggestions how to fix?

    • Lasse

      try to connect youre ps3 controller to the ps3 by using the usb -> usb-mini cable, and then press the ps button.

  • gwhitm

    Was able to play for a few hours, but it powered down by itself and can no longer be turned on.

  • obscurexistence

    I've updated and haven't had any problems, I think a lot of the issues experienced by ps3 owners around the time of the update being released is just a coincidence.

    • DFUK

      Yeah. That's exactly what SONY customer support said to me after I complained that my ps3 NO LONGER WORKED after the update. Coincidence……. Just like the hundreds of other people who are experiencing the same problem. That's some coincidence, Obscureexistence.

  • Tim Pabalate

    I updated mine the day the update was available, no problem whatsoever.

  • LeViZ042

    Not worried at all, I've never had a problem with any of the updates , My PS3 is over two years not had a gripe about it , only positive.
    Most of my friends & family also have a PS3 although not as old as mine, they also have not had any problems with theirs.

  • Matt G

    Trying to cause us to worry. I had problems with controllers at first, but I resolved it by just connecting the usb cable and playing with the usb cable in the controller and console for 5 minutes, then taking out the usb cable; and all worked fine.

  • Matt G

    Trying to cause us to worry. I had problems with controllers at first, but I resolved it by just connecting the usb cable and playing with the usb cable in the controller and console for 5 minutes, then taking out the usb cable; and all worked fine.

  • Dweller

    I've already updated to 3.30 without any problems..

  • Vole

    I updated my UK 80GB PS3 to 3.30 with no problems.
    Fingers crossed that it stays that way : )