Sony has pulled the latest 4.45 firmware update for the PlayStation 3 due to reports that it was causing errors for some of the consoles it was downloaded on.

In a post on the official US Playstation forum, it was reported that some consoles were “bricking” as the on-screen navigation disappeared. Sony also released a statement to the gaming website CVG, saying that they were aware of the problem and so decided to pull the update. They will however notify users as soon as the update is ready for download.

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“We are aware of reports that the recent PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has caused the XMB to not display on a small number of PS3 systems,” a Sony spokesperson said. “We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating the cause of the problem. We will announce when the system update is available for download as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience.”

Understandably this has caused dismay among PS3 owners, who only last week at E3, voiced their loyalty to the console.

With the announcement of the release of the new PlayStation 4, many were pleased to hear that the console will cost $399. But despite that, it looks as though there is no planned price cut for the PS3.

Fergal Gara, Sony’s Computer Entertainment UK Managing Director said it hasn’t been particularly easy to get the costs down for the console. He said “We continue to look at opportunities, there may or may not be any more, I genuinely can’t answer to that. But it will certainly be a more keenly priced machine in relative to PlayStation 4.”

“It will sit there as a viable entry level machine for years to come. It will be different by territory as to how long its life is. There’s still a lot of love for PS3,” he added.

It’s true that there is still alot of love for the PS3, so let’s hope that they solve the update problem quickly!

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