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Rockstar: New firmware causing PS3 overheating

Rockstar: New firmware causing PS3 overheating

New PS3 firmware is to blame for crashing issues affecting LA Noire, says Rockstar.

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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will_123 19th May 2011, 11:35 Quote
Apparently they have retracted their statement because its been happening on the Xbox aswell.
Sensei 19th May 2011, 11:36 Quote
That may explain my fan going into overdrive afte 30 minutes of play on Assassins Creed BH
Memnoch-fr 19th May 2011, 11:40 Quote
Older PS3s need a cleanout from time to timedue to dust. But the main reason they are overheating is people are spending too much time on the game without sufficent ventilation. PS3 gamers were up in arms when GT5 was released as well as apparently it was causing PS3s to overheat (YLOD).
CardJoe 19th May 2011, 11:45 Quote
This story has been updated.
mi1ez 19th May 2011, 11:51 Quote
Is this game meant to be any good just out of interest? (sorry for my disinterest PS3ers!)
Eggy 19th May 2011, 11:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Memnoch-fr
Older PS3s need a cleanout from time to timedue to dust. But the main reason they are overheating is people are spending too much time on the game without sufficent ventilation. PS3 gamers were up in arms when GT5 was released as well as apparently it was causing PS3s to overheat (YLOD).

These claims come ever ytime after a dash or firmware update. People need an explanation for something and the only thing they can think off is that thing they installed last week. I've seen all sorts of hardware and software related issues contributed to installing Windows updates, of course 99% of them had nothing to do with it.
bogie170 19th May 2011, 12:15 Quote
Didn't something like this happen with GTA4?
cjoyce1980 19th May 2011, 12:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by will_123
Apparently they have retracted their statement because its been happening on the Xbox aswell.

I've not had that, I have an older 360 got the game early from shopto.net yesterday :)
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Originally Posted by bogie170
Didn't something like this happen with GTA4?.

yeah, my PS3 crapped out with that game, and it was a firmware issue at the time. hopefully sony will have it fixed soon if PSN finally gets sorted out
mpr 19th May 2011, 13:00 Quote
FWIW both La Noire and then later in the night 3d Dot Game Heroes had exceptionally hot discs, 3dDGH didn't have that issue prior. I have an early model Slim.
moddingmaster 19th May 2011, 13:45 Quote
my ps3 has been folding for tha past 72hrs and i cannot l hear the fan, nor gaming. (ps3 slim 40nm/45nm)
Hovis 19th May 2011, 13:47 Quote
I've been looking at dusting off for the GTAbox* for this, but am going to wait to see if the console can handle it first.

*Maybe I'm just difficult to please, but literally the only console exclusives I consider to be worth my time have been from Rockstar games. They've single handedly dispelled the idea that console games are inherently stupid, but it is somewhat annoying that they seem to always have framerate issues.
Sloth 19th May 2011, 17:31 Quote
Pointing fingers much?

Pick easy target, cover up their own problems.
Teq 19th May 2011, 20:29 Quote
Happens everywhere, I'm getting fed up with having to spend days investigating potential release problems only to find out that the problem lies in the underlying system but those responsible point the finger at my team</rant>
Waynio 19th May 2011, 23:55 Quote
Aha bad placement & no ventilation & heavy workload causes ps3 overheating.

This is why I made my entertainment stack & made a levitated thoroughly ventilated system for my ps3, for the xbox I done an extreme air cooling mod on it & they can both play for how ever long I want without getting a tiny bit warm :D.

I noted how hot the ps3 slim was getting when just plonked on a table & knew it didn't need an extreme mod to keep it cool but instead just a good ventilation mod, keeps it nice & cool.

http://i433.photobucket.com/albums/qq59/waynio_2008/FinalPicsAircubeGamingTower9.jpghttp://i433.photobucket.com/albums/qq59/waynio_2008/FinalPicsAircubeGamingTower11.jpg

http://i433.photobucket.com/albums/qq59/waynio_2008/FinalPicsAircubeGamingTower13.jpghttp://i433.photobucket.com/albums/qq59/waynio_2008/FinalPicsAircubeGamingTower15.jpg
Santa-san 20th May 2011, 15:31 Quote
That gaming tower construction looks great! ;) You built it all yourself, or is it available for purchase anywhere?
Waynio 20th May 2011, 16:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Santa-san
That gaming tower construction looks great! ;) You built it all yourself, or is it available for purchase anywhere?

Thanks Santa-san :) yes I built it myself & my fairly heavy air cube pc sits on top of it also but will probably put a tv in place of it once I get using stealthlow :D but yeah there should be things like this available with active cooling on shelves, set top boxes would benefit from it as they can get pretty toasty also.
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