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Call of Duty Black Ops: PS3 Patch Update v1.03 Live – Problems Fixed?

We have some good news for those of you with the PS3 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops, as we can confirm that patch update v1.03 is now live and available to download the next time you boot up the game.

We take our hats off to Treyarch for getting this update out fairly quickly after the PC patch, but there are no signs of the Xbox 360 patch yet.

What has been fixed? Well, if you head over to the official Call of Duty boards, you’ll see that Treyarch’s community manager has already given PS3 users a heads-up on what to expect in the ‘Title Update’ – as listed on the forums.

According to Treyarch, the patch will address matchmaking problems, trying to get into games with large parties, improvements to always select the best host where possible and ‘additional online security enhancements’ – wonder if that has anything to do with recent hacks that were found?

The update is live right now, download it for yourself and see if it fixes any problems that you have been having with the game. Below is a list of the changes according to the CoD boards:

11/17 (full title update)
· Improved matchmaking to find matches significantly faster
· Improved matchmaking to ensure that players are more effectively matched to games with the best networking conditions
· Improved host selection to ensure that the best host is always selected in the pre-game lobby
· Improved party system to ensure that parties don’t get broken apart
· Disable ability to join Private Match, Combat Training and Theater lobbies when searching for Player Match games
· Server-side and game-side changes to decrease the amount of failed Film uploads
· Weekly and Monthly leaderboards will now track all kills, deaths and assists properly (All Time leaderboards were not affected by this)
· Prevention of Combat Training stats getting crossed with Player Match stats under rare conditions
· Prevention of temporary loss of functionality when a button was being held down at the point of a disconnect
· Additional fine-tuning of audio levels and ranges for footsteps and gunfire
· Additional fine-tuning of audio levels for bomb plants/defuses
· Additional online security enhancements

Has your online experience improved after the patch update?

UPDATE: Xbox 360 Patch is now LIVE too.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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marciii
marciii

hahaha patch u carnt patch my disk not 1 scratch nothing wrong with it it just crashes and crashes am guna take it back too the shop i got it from tomorow fuck it
AND IS IT A VIRUS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT ?

bobbi
bobbi

this patch is BS it doesnt work!!! if anything it made my game worse WTF treyarch??? now my game is not only diconnecting online but it freezes in the same spot in campiegn aswell!!!! great patch!!!!…..NNNNNNNOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTT.. maybe next time u dicks should trial ur games first before releasing them.

No name
No name

No disrespect but i didn't had that much problems before but now i got often bad connection since the update (patch).
Its harder to get in a online match (tdm domination SandD).
But The badest thing ever is i cant play zombies withouth a lag since the patch…. plz fix it,
and fix it fast…
im starting to understand why some people started to think that treyarc Sucs

But still Treyarc is the best…

sora4life
sora4life

WTF, i did the update but there are still a few screwups, especially in split screen. Screw this, im going to god of war, zelda, final fantasy and star ocean.

sora4life
sora4life

WTF, i did the update but there are still a few screwups, especially in split screen. Screw this, im going to god of war, zelda, final fantasy and star ocean.

oleg fedchuk
oleg fedchuk

The new update screwed everything up I cant even get a match it takes like 15 min for it to join a match what’s up with that and what did you guys do….?????

roobzmia
roobzmia

new update sucks… couldnt get through a single match for 2 hours without a freez or host migration closing the session.. Team deathmatch is all I play.. I had very little problems before the update…

DICK
DICK

Once the new update….THIS GAME SUCKS DONKEY BALLS!!!! 90% OF THE TIME I LOSE CONNECTION, HOST MIGRATION, LAGGING, GLITCHING! I HAVE THE FASTEST INTERNET PROVIDED BY MY NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CABLE COMPANY!!! 25MEGS OR SOMETHIN LIKE THAT!!! WASTE OF MONEY AND JUST LIKE WORLD AT WAR……….THIS GAME SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guesst
guesst

cant get into a single match. tried 20 times

tom cox
tom cox

Where did the ability to mute players in the lobby?

tom cox
tom cox

I have had plenty of issues with connection loss, host migration that boots you, and occasionally in game freeze that i have been able to use the ps button to quit the game. But after only 3 rounds with the update i was booted from connection loss, a round ended form host migration failure and for the first time in a while (months) i have to reboot from a complete system freeze WTF!!!

inexcusable
inexcusable

The game has gotten considerable worse since the patch. The amount of time it takes just to join a game is inexcusable. Then, once do do get lucky enough to join, an error screen is bound to show up claiming there is an internet connection issue. I general do not curse, however, this game has me saying every word I know at the TV.

f'n pissed!!
f'n pissed!!

i want to throw my controller at the screen. this patch is a piece of crap and did nothing! you hear me? NOTHING!! Treyarch get your #$%@ together. I can't even finish a f'n game without everyone getting kicked out. it's frozen up on me completely and i've had to restart twice. i'm frustrated and am at the point where i'm done until treyarch fixes their s$#%!!!!!

Sosa
Sosa

Patch?? I thought patches helped to fix the problem not make it worse…and people that keep talking about “oh the problem is your Internet provider” just stop! This problem is clearly on treyarch. The first game I joined after the patch 2 min in I get this “awaiting challenge” error and I’m waiting for 3 min until I decided to quit the blackops game from my ps3 menu!! What does awaiting challenge even mean???? This game is by far the worst online experience I’ve ever had!

phil
phil

Boycott that game all together. The online playing is riddle with crashes.
Hire people from EA games how did battlefield series, they know how to develop an online playing game.For 70$ a game it is a shame.

superdigital
superdigital

Still having lots of problems with the freeze, even after the latest update. Never tried the campaign. During a 3 hour session of gameplay, my PS3 freezes approx 2 times.

Jason
Jason

Everyone remember that Call of Duty: Black Ops is a really big game, bigger then Modern Warfare 2 and when Modern Warfare 2 was getting released the whole servers went down for a while because of the overwhelming-mass of players.

Ezra7Z@hotmail.com

JDx3

Wassup wit the Sounds I just got the game today and I downloaded the patch and the sound is all fucked up, all the guns sound the same, they should fix that shit

shane
shane

It is beyond ridiculous when you consider the franchise and how good they have been in the past. This game online is the most frustrating pile of crap I have played in a first person shooter. The hit markers are horrible, the frame rate is crap, and of course you have the lag issues. This is NOT something we are used to with the COD franchise and Treyarch you dropped the ball BIG TIME on this release. It is so frustrating I have gone back to playing MW2, at least Infinity Ward takes care of their online gaming customers. Signed,… Read more »

zaqqwe
zaqqwe

how do I download the patch? what are the steps?

Slanty
Slanty

WHAT IS TRANSMISSION ERROR!? ASDONFA;SODNF >:[

rage
rage

>nothing about nerfing the famas or ak74u
>these bastards need to get their priorities straight

Gus Leal-Isla
Gus Leal-Isla

This patch broke my ps3. I have the backwards compatable version and ive never had a problem with any other games. The problems started with the game freezing while attempting to exit a match since the new patch. However now the game keeps freezing and the only resolve is to shut down my system using the rear switch on the box. Now my ps3 is not recognizing disks and its freezing playing other games as well! This game has effectively eliminated any proper usage of my ps3. you can see here im not the only one youtube.com/watch?v=huWBNDhV_H8 If this continues… Read more »

Chupacabra
Chupacabra

Whats up with all the connection problems,like lagging out before a match starts

ld23
ld23

game just has many glitches, but just yesterday it stops working just when the game is about to begin, the white bar doesn't load up and the whole computer stops working when i get to this point, tried loads of times to get it to work but nothing……… whats the point, can't believe that they charge you full price for a game thats as bad as this, may as well just chuck my money down the drain, this needs to be sorted out now
have they even appoligised for this mess???
anyone got an email address for treyarch???

zoe
zoe

i keep getting kicked out and keep getting inturuped error on multiplayer can any one help me please thanks it pissing me off its about time thay sorted it out you pay all this money out to play on shit

Steve
Steve

I’m haven a problem with SRS it seems I can hear more on one side then the other its bit weird

Kevin
Kevin

Cmon Treyarch, I bought this game just to have fun with friends, I can't even join game invites. It just keeps saying "Game session no longer available."

FIX THIS PROBLEM BEFORE I SNAP THE CD IN HALF PLEASE!

kayhansen
kayhansen

i still can't join a party if theres more than 1 person. as long as there is multiple people in a party, I'm unable to join. this patch did nothing for me:(

dacek59
dacek59

theater mode is still broken

doesn’t let me upload or click on recent games… what can I do?

IrishMickaOnPSN
IrishMickaOnPSN

This game needs alotta updates online lag is bad and the loading screen just freezes on me alot. i end up quiting the damn game or turnin the console off …i only got to level 25 and now i play GTA online …and i completed it on vetern and never got me trophies for it me mate (Officer-OMalley) is the worst guy iv seen for lag.

outlaw
outlaw

TREYARC YOU SUCK!!!!!!! I wasted 60 bucks for this piece of crap game. I was really enjoying it until "the patch". Now, just like everyone else, my system freezes and I am lucky to get 10 or 15 min of actual playtime each night. I am sick of getting booted from games and waiting for matches that never start. you can garantee i'm done with activision, treyarc and the entire COD franchise after this sham. Way to keep up with technology assholes!

Rude
Rude

I had lag and choppy play aswell.. But since the update it’s actually been worst.. And I really didn’t think that it could get any worst but stand corrected…

nhalps
nhalps

I cant party up or join current sessions. treyarc really shit the bed on this game!!!!! keep getting booted and freezes up all the time. infinityward needs to help these retards out fast!

DoGGy
DoGGy

my ps3 keep freezing since the update… it's really annoying…

It had potential...
It had potential...

No, the problems are not fixed to answer the original question. For everyone saying that people are having lag issues, enemies not dying after a whole clip is loaded into them, people knifing you from 30 feet away, etc. is because they can't play… BS! The game STILL lags/has choppy gameplay, the enemies DON'T die like they should. (Seriously, a whole clip shot into them but 2 bullets from their machine gun and you're dead? Yeah right.) MW2 had it's issues in the beginning but it's a 10 compared to Black Ops. I got the game on release day and… Read more »

OpelLive
OpelLive

This game piss me off I loose my temper fix the game

Josh
Josh

since this update. i can't play offline splitscreen. it keeps asking player 2 to sign in. whats the point of offline if you need to be online to play it

Axrhm
Axrhm

IM still getting the error where it says Black Ops server is not avaialable. I could barely get into online game. please treyarc, b4 I loose my temper huh..

HighlyCafin8ted
HighlyCafin8ted

Just played Black Ops for the 360 last night. I own a PS3 and have been suffering through the terrible choppy online gameplay. Well, now I feel as if I've been raped bby Treyarch, because the 360's online gameplay for BO was flawless. F U Treyarch. You guys just said screw everyone who's not on 360.

pissedoffplayer
pissedoffplayer

Is it just me..or is this patch WORSE? The matchmaking was fine for me before..now it horible. Even when im trying to connect from the SAME modem in the other room. And i since the patch i have been doing horrible…its like ppl wont die? ive never gone with more kills than deaths.. did they do something to the guns or the timing? i dont understand.

Razz_Derrenger
Razz_Derrenger

When i 1st got this game i played campaign juss like anybody else. It wasnt laggy or anything but it had a buncha bugs like dead bodies floatin in mid air and the weapon not swaying when im sprinting. Also i think ya’ll need 2 upgrade the graphics. No offense but MW2’s looked waaaay better. The sfx for the machine guns sound fake. So anotha patch 4 dat one. Online was laggy as shit before the patch but now its ok (thanks).. So yeah, a patch for the graphics… If possible but a definite one 4 weapons sfx. Treyarch, if… Read more »

.

the effing combat training should be offline not online and they should bee able to play wager matches and search and destroy and capture the flag…etc.. and the game would be perfect

when will you learn
when will you learn

hahaha what i find funny is that prob half the people on here whinged and complained about activision and said they were going to boycott all activision games about 6mths ago but still got on the hype band wagon and bought black ops. lol screwed over again by activision – you should have all learned by now so stop complaining and be happy with your activision game

shaydee_lady
shaydee_lady

Nothing has changed for me. My PS3 is over 3 years old and this update seems to have made things worse. Constant booting ouT of games, connection errors, total crashing of my PS3. It's driving me NUTS!

Bry
Bry

my ps3 version has become far worse after the update. barely ever find matches and continuous disconnects within a match ending EVERY GAME!

hotshot69
hotshot69

I am still having lag issues online and during matchmaking. This update does not seem to be helping out with the issue. Black ops plays like crap and looks like crap compared to mw2. I’m gonna miss infinity Ward…. killzone 3 here I come baby!!!

blackopsfail
blackopsfail

My online gameplay has gotten worse after patching. None of the issues were fixed, I still can’t host or join parties, and I still end up on servers in France or Germany or BFE when I live on the west coast of the US. Now my lag is worse than before. At least pre-patch I could play by myself (parties would rarely work), now I can’t even do that. Treyarc is lauging all the way to the bank. At what point is it false advertising? If they claim that the game offers “online play” and it dosn’t? Says in my… Read more »

Paco Tomas

I downloaded the patch with a GREAT smile on my face thinking Treyarc had come through and fixed all as promised (sound, connection lag, broken parties, etc)… the small file that took only five-minutes to download worried me a bit, so my GREAT smile wasnt that great anymore… long story short: YOU FIXED NOTHING TREYARC!!!!!!!! Use a few of those MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of dollars WE PAID YOU AND FIX IT!!!!!!

whhhhhhhaaaaaaaa
whhhhhhhaaaaaaaa

funny, I don't have/or notice ANY of these issues…no lag runs great…perhaps the lag issues you have is really due to your ISPs bandwidth allocation.

Anthony
Anthony

Unbelievable.. I've played a lot of games and never had this much trouble.. I get lost connections, frozen mid game screen, frozen load game screens, people are talking on mics and i cant see who they are, head shots dont even register, i get shot behind cover, I spawn infront of enemies, Error 800something-or-other when trying to start the game. HORRIBLE!! Bad Company is sounding pretty good. EXCEPT I SOLD IT TO BUY A PIECE OF ****

Dale Paterson

rofl infinity ward fucked it up even more.

Mike
Mike

slow internet connection anyway I can download this update via my PC or just bypass it so I can play?

Sef
Sef

this update screws everything. Now you cant do the gun glitch when you down yourself at the box anymore on zombie mode this sucks man. Its al **** up now

ozzy
ozzy

thought it was my ps3 but fifa11 still works without any problems and cod warfare2..
its black ops its fuked sort it out treyarch

ozzy
ozzy

my black ops has just gotten worse since the 1.03 update, i cant even play a game at all anymore and its my 4th copy that i have exchanged at game! GET THIS FIXED ASAP!!!!! ITS DRIVING ME FUCKING INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jony
jony

keep getting an error when installing the patch
what can i do?????

crazy j
crazy j

I'm getting pissed off with this game, when i try to play zombies online it gives me error messages and says that the party is no longer in session, and when i play multi-player it freezes and i go to my task manager and it says COD black ops not responding

NathanialV15
NathanialV15

i was downloading the new patch for ps3 and when it reached 20% i got signed out and i have done the conncection test and went through all the settings maually but i cant seem to connect with my internet which is weird cause i can with all 3 laptops in my house ? any suggestions please ?

doworksonNF32
doworksonNF32

i havent updated my ps3 yet for the patch, but next time treyarch comes out to with another game, i wont buy it. im not gonna waste my time or my money on crappy ass lag. ty treyarch for ruining this game for me.

FixieMan
FixieMan

To all of you who has issues join friends and parties. Check your internet/ip/router setup. Go to internet settings/check connection. If UPnP is disabled that could be it. Call your internet provider and ask for their help. You might need a public IP. NAT should be 1 or 2 (one is best). It doesent solve the issues in this game. My friends and i have a hard time just to join one game. Had to try 5-6 times before we all Were in game. There were always one player missing when game startet.. Personally i think its still a Good… Read more »

Vandigo
Vandigo

Nothing is fixed, I have more issues than before.
Halo 3 had an open beta and there were practically no issues when it was released.

This is pathetic, the game is so laggy whether your online or just splitscreen.

Treyarc laid a bomb and made a decent looking game with way too many glitches…

mjurdy
mjurdy

Update made the online multiplayer basically uplayable for me. Been online 3hrs and only played 6 matches without issues. Didnt have a problem before. If this doesnt get fixed soon then ebays about to get swamped with second hand copies.

ThatGuy1241325
ThatGuy1241325

Works fine for me.

danijel208
danijel208

They should have pushed back the release date and fixed it properly this game was half assed. They put it out on the market just so they can make money off of it. They should learn from polyphony digital they could have released gt5 long time ago but they’re making sure all the bugs and little problems are gone.

Steve
Steve

This update has killed my network connection and killed in game audio for black ops for offline games. WTF?

Meow
Meow

I still get lost from my party in pre-game lobbies :/
I always have to rejoin them, still does it even with the update (on ps3)

Russell
Russell

Since the patch my online user experience has become worse.

Kasner24
Kasner24

Maybe it has something to do with the PSN Maintence…

Cecil
Cecil

The new patch didn't fix anything. I still have trouble getting into matches. Have the lobby close on me. When it says migrating hosts it fails. Now it'll just sit there saying its either trying to join 50 potential matches or just says it found 50 potential matches. I have to go in and out of the lobby a bunch of times to even get it to attempt to enter a match. Not to mention the system still freezes up. So what was this patch supposed to fix ? I have the exact same issues I had before downloading the… Read more »

bunker
bunker

Many of your guys’ hit detection is due to your connection. I play on a 25/25 mbps connection with my search settings as locale and 1/10 of my games are messed up due to ahost connection. This connection to me was very helpful. As listed, matchmaking quality overall has increased. I find games more quickly, hardly lag, and like said, hardly dropping anymore hosts. Footsteps seemed to be a little louder, but not much. Use turtlebeaches or some type of headset if you care about footsteps. And the graphics were better then MW2’s. If you’re not using HDMI, I’m sorry.… Read more »

AnGelz
AnGelz

Fuck Battlefield! COD is so much better, but BLACK OPS aint playable! to many problems! MW2 is a 10 times better game then BlackOps!

The Unforgiven
The Unforgiven

No Change and whats with not been able to shoot through the banisters on crisis?

A Stevenson
A Stevenson

This should not be happening and still no reply to emails .

Disgrace really hope this is the last game they launch so other Game Prgrammers find a better game to get it right up them .

Robbed again every year this happens to PS3 Gamers Time to get in touch with Newspapers i think

Ben
Ben

I cant play at all now.

aadaveylo
aadaveylo

WOW. They really dropped the ball. This game is all screwed up. Applied patch now it is worse. Are you kidding me. We need Infinity Ward to come in and fix it. Nice Job Treyarc. You are horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BF 1942 Till I Die
BF 1942 Till I Die

Attemtion everyone:

Go play Battlefield games. You never get issues such as these. The maps are much larger, so you can live longer and have a lot more fun playing on the servers. Plus, Bad Company 2 Vietnam will be released during the Winter time, so get ready to drop those pathetic Call of Duty games and enjoy the Battlefield games.

Own-Specialist_5
Own-Specialist_5

WTFFFFFFF, just went in an online game and i cant kill !!! we all shoot and knive but me and them cant die wtfff !??!?! goood patch

david
david

game still freezes,game wont load,got our money and dont care.i get more error codes than i get games

nev
nev

i take it this will be available in the uk?

jMES
jMES

they game still sucks to much lag still mathmaking is they same all in all nothing has really changed

Dave
Dave

No change, still awful. I’m so dissapointed with this game to be honest, MW2 is just such a better game. (playing on PS3). The lag issues, Lack of stopping power which makes using sniper rifles pointless, and the awful awful spawn point system in TDM makes this game not worth the effort right now. Also still having problems joining friends in parties.

Street
Street

Doesn't change much for me as well. Still problems with the partysystem. AND WHY DO U NEED TO SHOOT SOMEBODY IN THE HEAD TWICE? I've made a private match with a friend, to test this shit out. He runs towards me, stands still and let me shoot him in the head. He NEVER dies the first time.

bunker
bunker

Pro gamer, the whole public beta thing is still pretty stupid. If you’ve watched Treyarc’s videos, they would say that a public beta would be to slow especially considering order to submit a bug, you must first find out how to get the bug back up in the game. Causing the feedback to be slower. Sorry, otherwise the game wouldn’t be premiering as early as thought of.

Bunker

MB
MB

Havent tried it yet but there are so many more issues with this game that the description doesn’t cover… Respawnibg in exactly the same spot over and over again or right infront of enemies Appalling hit detection where you can blast somebody at pointblank range or stab them and they just wander off. Worse still perfectly lined up headshots that dont register or count as body shots. Impossible bullets that get you long after youve taken cover…I’ve had countless killcams that reveal my death was caused by shots that missed by miles Getting stuck in invisible webs which stop you… Read more »

karan
karan

I dont really have problems except for the long loading screen, and get kicked out with the "Connection Lost" screen, which never happend with me on COD: Modern Warefare 2

demise
demise

@stuart
ensure you are all under a open NAT

Sam
Sam

1.03? I never even got to download 1.02…

richard
richard

Frame rate as mentioned above. My games slow right down on smaller busier maps, which for a cod gamer is just unacceptable. A twitch shooter that slows down when the action hots up is just utter s**t.

Brandon
Brandon

Theater mode still doesn’t work for me. All of my recent games are grayed out. Come on treyarch, please fix this.

jme
jme

still awful matchmaking and lag for me. i live in central london with excellent internet. WTF treyarch proper fail

nashgash
nashgash

i've had no probs with it

scott__67
scott__67

my connections worse since the patch jumpy framerate and still the dreaded lag ihave had 5mins of decent play in 15 games today and that lost connection if i could i would uninstall thesocalled fix

graham
graham

since the update im constantly freezing and servers dopping out. didnt have a problem before, great fix

stuart
stuart

i still cant join certain friends in parties, although i havent played a game yet. they need to sort it out so me an my friends can play together

Blondechick
Blondechick

my partner VR4-MAN is still having serious problems with joining a game and when it comes to starting a match the white line at the bottom stops working. This is suppose to be an enjoyable experience, personally it has put me of black ops big style and i feel that i not got value for money and these problems should be cleared up before the game is released.

Hater4Life
Hater4Life

About time. I was about to quit this game.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I still have problems trying to party up with people.
Whenever I get an invite and accept it, it pauses for a bit, does the loading screen, and then gives me an error message.

Jon-Paul
Jon-Paul

They need to hurry up and get one for the 360.

pro gamer
pro gamer

nothing on ps3 frame rate issues? im yet to download this update so i wont rant just yet but this shudnt have happened in the 1st place i would rather they put the release date back a week or 2 to finish it properly, treyarch has recieved alot of bad punlicity the past week that it could have easily avoided by doing a public beta to find these bugs

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