COD Black Ops: Crashing / Freezing PS3 Consoles after Update?

By Alan Ng - Nov 19, 2010

We have some worrying news to bring you now, as we are hearing numerous reports that Call of Duty: Black Ops is crashing and freezing older PS3 models, before and even after the recent patch update which went live a few hours ago.

If you head over to this translated version of Dutch site PS3 Sense, you can read a bit more information on this. They have provided links to other forums, including the official Sony boards, all related to Black Ops causing problems for those still with the fat model of the PS3.

This may just be a case of, ”a new PS3 update is out for the game, but I’ll say Black Ops crashed my PS3 anyway”, but due to the vast number of complaints coming in, there may actually be a legit problem at hand here.

We’ll try and bring you more details on this soon, in the meantime let us know if the game has crashed, or even bricked your old PS3 model whilst playing.

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Also See: MW3 more popular than Black Ops

  • binkybonk

    I have a fat 60 gb PS3 and it crashes after approx 10 mins of black ops. I have complete shutdown with a flashing red light. All other games are fine. I also got the game for the zombies and think the amount of money these guys make on the games, year after year, means us customers deserve a better service.

  • My PS3 crashes before it even loads the XMB now. Wtf?! I can’t even load the XMB! I am PISSED. Blops 2 has frozen on me four times in the last 14 hours and now the POS broke my PS3!

  • Christian_cathers

    Yes the Black Ops update does crash your PS3.  I downloaded it last night and now I can’t even play Socom 4.  My system is less then a year old.

  • Joeycabeleira

    I have the new ps3 and black ops keeps crashing on me eversince the update

    • Cristo

      I have the fat ps3 and been playing black ops from 1st day it was released. 1 month ago is when it started freezing. Even MW2 freezes. I can play other games. What going on. Should I reset my ps3.

  • ron

    I have the new ps3 slim.bought COD black ops soon as it came out and thats when the freezing started.thought that was left behind in the 1990s.At the moment, I cant play multiplayer online,solo or split screen just freezes when I click on any of them to start.Even sometimes I cannot skip the beginning scene when you turn the game on.the part with the lady annoucing the numbers on the mic.I press all the buttons but it plays till the end before I can go into the game.

    • the same happened to me. I have a ps3 slim 320gb and happens, when i play zombies (WHEN I TRY) and when i play multiplayer. I can only be in the menu and thats all. 🙁 help!!!!


    I am convinced from reading pages of complaints and frustrated remarks that there is a conspiracy to make owners of later model ps3's update or all together replace their systems. I have had my ps3 for 2 years now and played MW2 as well as GTA 4, FEAR2 and other up to date games on my ps3. Only until i purchased and played BLACK OPS did my system stop accepting all games and bluray movies. I refuse to believe that this is all but a coincidence. My brother has an older model and his did the same upon playing BLACK OPS. ANYONE WHO HAS NOT PURCHASED BLACK OPS PLEASE SAVE YOUR SYSTEM AND YOUR MONEY!!!!!

  • Kai Syester

    it says i need an update to sign in on Black Ops but when i press "ok" it goes to a black screen and does nothing… then i turn it off and try it again, same thing. my friend said that i need to erase some stuff to free up memory, which i did, and it still goes blank.

  • Karl

    i have slimline still frezzes me its a shit game keep frezzing consoles ffs!