PS3s bricked by custom firmware

Tuesday, 18th January 2011 03:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier


With the publication of the system’s root key, the PlayStation 3 was considered defenceless, but the old girl has one more trick up her sleeve. Drop the latest custom firmware into a 60 GB model console, and behold! A very expensive doorstop!

Destructoid reports that the latest version of the firmware, v3.55, has been responsible for the untimely death of several launch PS3s.

To further add to the pain and embarrassment of would-be hackers, it appears that more than one console was put out of its misery even after the firmware was found and reported to be total rubbish as warnings went ignored.

Although the problems seems confined to one model so far, and to be caused by an error in the firmware rather than a product of Sony’s security, it’s probably wise to make sure you know exactly what you’re doing if you intend to fiddle with your expensive console – for any reason.



  1. SteOne3

    Well maybe people should read the full information before jumping into the unknown. Well at least they have a foot rest eh. HELLO PYTHON 360!!!!!!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. XxT_I_K_IxX_PR

    Lmao… it’s funny how people are hacking their consoles without even knowing what the hack is gonna do haha I’m actually glad this happened… >=D

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    :D Sony now will put something like this in the future PS3′s XD

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Ouch! And the BC model, to boot!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Crysis

    The original 60gb ps3 with hardware based bc & a black trim or the second 60gb model with partially software based bc & a chrome trim or both?
    Speaking of bc, little off topic, but is the new S model 360 with the 4g ssd bc without paying for a separate hdd? I know all previous models needed the hdd for bc…

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Yes it is, although you still need a network connection to download the patches.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    Too bad Sony couldn’t do something like that, sell an external accessory so we can play PS2 games, also means that they could distribute ps2 games on PSN too :D

    #7 4 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    @7 Actually, Sony is patenting something like that.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Kuwabara

    maybe bricking aint a good idea. it might make them buy a xbox out of frustration.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. osric90

    Why in hell they don’t release the software emulated PS2 (MGS4 Pack for instance) for all PS3s? I’ll cheer up hackers to do that if Sony doesn’t and will have my PS3 modded and killed.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Crysis

    @10, this may unfortunately explain why
    I personally think Sony missed out on a potentially large revenue stream by cutting out the PS2 entirely, having a FULL back catalog on PSN would be awesome, but there’s probably not even 100 psone games & 0 ps2 games, i think Sony has really underestimated the power of digital distribution.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. TheWulf

    Sony’s never bricked their own console with an official update, though, eh?

    Oh, wait…

    Sarcasm aside, it’s an easy thing to do with unfamiliar hardware such as that of the PS3. And anyone going into this should certainly have understood that there are risks. It’s like the PC – anything you download could ‘brick’ your computer.

    And considering that Sony’s managed to release two nice examples of brick-happy firmware thus far, I don’t think there’s much embarrassment involved, to be honest.

    It’s a learning experience.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Yoshi

    No need to worry you can still go online :)

    #13 4 years ago

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