Sony has pulled the latest PlayStation 3 firmware update – version 2.4 – offline, following numerous complaints from gamers that it was 'bricking' their PS3s. Sony issued the following statement in the US following the decision:
"As has been reported on many gaming blogs and websites, we have temporarily taken Firmware v2.40 offline. We've received a limited number of calls from consumers experiencing an issue with installing the system software update on their PS3. While our consumer services department has seen a low volume of calls on this topic, we are committed to providing the PS3 community with XMB access features delivered in the v2.40 update.
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SCE working diligently
"We are working diligently to isolate the problem for those few consumers and to identify a solution before we put the firmware back up."
TechRadar has contacted Sony Computer Entertainment Europe this morning for further updates so stay tuned.