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

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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  • 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.


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