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June 19, 2013 // 5:06 pm - Following up on PS3 Firmware 4.41, today Sony has released PS3 System Software update 4.45 followed by reports of mass-bricking (with PSN temporarily closed via Error 8002A308) so currently it is advised NOT to install it.

Beware as it is causing a lot of consoles (mine included) to brick! There seems to be a glitch (pictured below) with a lot of users updating to that firmware and getting freezes after restarting. For those curious, the new update is supposed to allow users to 'opt-out' of the pop-up messages that you earned a trophy while playing a game.

Some reports indicate that this primarily affects those with 500+ GB hard drives, however, it is advised not to update to 4.45 until Sony remedies the issue. Currently they have rolled back to Firmware 4.41 meaning when you boot up your PS3 you will no longer be prompted to download the 4.45 update.

From Sony's Twitter on the PS3 Firmware 4.45 changes: "PS3 system software update 4.45 coming soon, Trophy notification options and improved system stability are on the way"

From JadeTreeInWind on Sony's official Forums, to quote:

"When I start up the PS3 Slim today, it reported that it required to update to 4.45 (the version that allows you to disable trophy notification during game play). After the download and installation, the system reboot.

But after it display the PS3 logo, it went to the second screen (the flowing ribbon). It suppose to display XB next. but it never goes there. Just the flowing ribbon.

I can not even shutdown the system by press the power button. (It bleeps, but the system didn't shut down.) So I tried unplug the power cord, and plugin again. Still same problem.

Is there anyone from SONY here? Could someone help me to revert to the system before 4.45?"

From Community Manager of PlayStation Digital Platforms Morgan Haro on the number of PS3 owners affected, to quote: “currently confirming the number,” Morgan “kindly [asks] PS3 users to wait for further details. We will announce when ready.

SCE constantly performs appropriate verifications tests for system software updates, and strives to improve and offer quality service. We are currently conducting investigations to determine the cause of this problem. We will announce further information, including additional updates, when ready.”

From Sony PlayStation Europe's Twitter officially responding, to quote:

"Hi guys, we're aware of reports that the recent PS3 update (4.45) has caused. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating."

Also from their follow-up Tweet, to quote:

"We will announce when the system update is available for download as soon as possible and we apologise for the inconvenience."

Changed Files Compared to 4.41

  • UPL.xml.pkg
  • dev_flash changes

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PUP Hashes

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  • SHA1: B50151DCFD7AC5DE05AA214783FF9FD8E9C4B977
  • CRC32: CEDFF357
  • CRC16: 5028
  • HMAC_SHA1: 0x6F2456043EE4EBDC9A56B611F90E0A16992ADA07

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Update: Sony has now Tweeted the following update, to quote:

"4.45 update: We're investigating issues experienced by some users; update is temporarily offline. Info to come here:"

The above post also stated the following from PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Manager mochuuu, to quote: [System Software Update] PS3 v.4.45 - SCEA Update

Hey everyone, 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. 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 apologize for the inconvenience. When we have updates, I'll add them to this thread."

Finally, for those who don't wish to wait for a 4.45 brick work-around from Sony, LolBurn shared (via a potential workaround, as follows:

"Boot into safe mode and re-update the firmware. To access safe mode (I didn’t know it existed until this): Power off the PS3, then hold down the power ‘On’ key until the system has powered up three times. Do not release the power key until the third power up.

The 1st power up is normal mode (which is broken), the 2nd is video reset mode (which won’t help) but the 3rd will bypass the broken firmware and let you re-update.

Sony gets bad marks for releasing an incompletely tested firmware update, but kudos for having the safe mode which saves you having to send it in and them from being sued."

Update #2: Sony has now Tweeted that they have identified the issue and will be releasing a new PS3 System Software update on June 27th that resolves the issue. To quote:

"Hi guys, we have identified the issue related to PS3 software update (4.45) that impacted a small number of PS3 systems earlier this week. A new system software update is planned to be released on June 27 that resolves the issue."

PS3 System Software Update 4.45 Released, Mass Bricking Reports

PS3 System Software Update 4.45 Released, Mass Bricking Reports

PS3 System Software Update 4.45 Released, Mass Bricking Reports

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#27 - technodon - June 21, 2013 // 1:03 am
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There is, decrypt and patch lv0 then apply lv1 and lv2 patches and flash the nor.

#26 - Tetsero - June 20, 2013 // 10:50 pm
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It would be awesome if there was some code in the 4.45 that would allow for unsigned code to be run on the consoles that have crashed. That would be a beautiful advancement for PS3 hacking.

#25 - entretim - June 20, 2013 // 9:41 pm
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This update was pretty much useless too (having the ability to disable trophy notifications). That sucks for all the brick out there.

#24 - racer0018 - June 20, 2013 // 2:18 pm
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I have one of these coming to fix it. I will keep all updated on if I can fix it or not. Thanks.

#23 - technodon - June 20, 2013 // 1:29 pm
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Thanks for the mirror

#22 - niwakun - June 20, 2013 // 10:33 am
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wow a firmware upgrade to opt-out trophy notifications and causes massive semi-bricks to anyone who upgraded. Well that's really something.

Although I think that opt-out thing is kind of useless, I never bothered having me notified I earned a trophy. They should just flag this firmware update as a optional firmware update when possible since its useless anyway.

#21 - GrandpaHomer - June 20, 2013 // 8:14 am
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Quote Originally Posted by StanSmith View Post
I'm waiting for the Vita update to stop notifications when friends come online.

It works fine on Vita for long time now ...

Also -as a side effect - the advanced notification settings (on the same PSN account) set on Vita were also working on PS3 although it was not possible to configure it directly there so for example I have all the notification bar Trophy disabled from the start on Vita and it works on both Vita as well as PS3 for months now.

So the internal functionality was already implemented earlier and now they're adding the controls for it on PS3 as well.

#20 - sniperXML - June 20, 2013 // 6:03 am
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THANK YOU FOR THIS!! Just spent 2 hours looking for this so I could install my new hard drive, and they took the OFW off their servers!

Although that site kinda sucks, I had to make an account to get more than 16kb/s.

#19 - JeoWay - June 20, 2013 // 3:32 am
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#18 - alm6iri - June 20, 2013 // 2:55 am
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I want the update 4.45. You Can Downgrade To 3.55 was discovered way back of the update 4.45 to 3.55