The most recent firmware update for PlayStation 3, update 4.45, was recently officially released and rolled out to PS3 users as per usual. However, a handful of users noticed a series of errors cropping up which have been reported to Sony. Not wanting to publish potentially damaged software, Sony recalled the 4.45 update whilst they investigate the issue and patch it.
When approached for answer on the subject, a spokesperson for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe responded with a vaguely helpful answer:
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 apologise for the inconvenience.
Those affected by the problem are reporting that after downloading firmware update 4.45, their consoles would lose the XMB interface and then become stuck like that. Any attempts to fix the problem by restarting the system or recovering data didn’t help in any obvious way, and users would still be left sans an XMB interface.
Update 4.45 was released to improve system stability as well as add new options for in-game trophy notifications and alerts. For some users it has proved to work fine, but others are reporting the issues from above. If you’ve been affected by this problem then the best thing you can do is report it to Sony so that they can fix the problem sooner.