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PS3 Firmware Update 3.42 Problems: Bricks, Crashes and Black Screens?

Following on from Sony’s hasty PS3 firmware update to 3.42 yesterday, we told you how there wasn’t any initial problems following the update – until now. We’ve received a barrage of messages from our readers stating that 3.42 is causing them problems.

Just like v3.41, the new update doesn’t seem to be causing everyone problems, just a select few, which means that nothing is likely to be done about it, and Sony will refuse to acknowledge the problems unless it turns into a widespread issue.

In extreme cases, we’ve heard reports that 3.42 is crashing consoles, while a few others have said that specific games are not loading, with Call of Duty 4 and Madden mentioned. Users are also complaining about sound issues, while more than one told us about their PS3 locking up while updating.

It pains for me to write about this everytime an update is out, but sometimes you just can’t ignore the problems. While I can confirm that my PS3 is running fine, others are obviously not.

Let us know your thoughts on this, particularly if you have encountered a problem with 3.42 after updating.

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.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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