Update: Sony’s pulled PS3 firmware update 4.45 until further notice, and has also revealed that it’s “investigating” the situation. Original Story: It seems like everyone who’s downloaded PS3 firmware update 4.45 has seen their PS3s completely unusable, with multiple users reporting seeing only a black screen once the system has been updated to version 4.45.
The topic is hot on the U.S. PlayStation forums, however a particular user named ‘Jade’ puts it aptly:
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.
So steer clear of update 4.45, it won’t do you PS3 any good.