Sony’s latest PS3 firmware update, 3.61, is causing consoles to overheat and switch themselves off. That’s the word from Rockstar games, which says it’s heard from gamers playing LA Noire that their consoles have given up the ghost mid-game.
In a blogpost, Rockstar said, "Primary reports seem to be that updating to firmware 3.61 will cause PlayStations to overheat. There have been various reports of this on a few different games now, all reporting their PS3s turning off or 'Red Lighting' after having installed 3.61. This can range from games randomly freezing to PS3s turning off anywhere between 30 mins use to two hours. We have confirmed locally that multiple games (Rockstar and non-Rockstar) overheat or freeze only when 3.61 is installed."
Rockstar said most complaints it had had centred on the older, larger PS3. Gamers told the developer that their consoles would beep three times while playing new 5 star title LA Noire, before powering down.
Sony said it doesn’t, “…comment on rumour or speculation”. But with this update released to pave the way for the return of PSN, surely it’s only a matter of time before it’s forced to respond.