Rockstar: New firmware causing PS3 overheating

Written by Joe Martin

May 19, 2011 | 11:25

Tags: #la-noire #overheat #playstation-3 #ps3

Companies: #rockstar #sony

Developer Rockstar has blamed Sony's new PlayStation 3 firmware for overheating issues and system crashes that are affecting the newly released LA Noire.

The 3.61 firmware was rolled out earlier this week as Sony bolstered PS3 security and restored functionality to the PlayStation Network following recent attacks on Sony's systems.

'We have received some reports of PS3s overheating while playing L.A. Noire or beeping three times before shutting down/turning themselves off, mostly on older 60GB and 80GB fat models,' says an official statement on Rockstar's website.

'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 has said that it will try to do all it can to resolve the issue, but users should contact Sony directly.

Check out the LA Noire trailer below for more information on the game, and head to the Trailers section for more game videos. We'll have our LA Noire review up shortly, but let us know your thoughts in the forums.

UPDATE: Rockstar has since retracted the above statements, removing the comments its website. Sony has commented that the claims were based on 'rumour and speculation'. The story above has been left unaltered.

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