Rockstar Blames Firmware 3.61 For PS3 Overheating Then Backtracks

A post on Rockstar's support site blamed PlayStation 3 firmware version 3.61 for overheating the console and forcing it to shut down while playing L.A. Noire.

The post, which has been removed, claimed that the issue it limited to older versions of the 60GB and 80GB models of the PlayStation 3 (known among fans as "PS3 - fat"). "We have confirmed locally that multiple games (Rockstar and non-Rockstar) overheat or freeze only when 3.61 is installed," the post notes.

A few hours later, Rockstar removed the post and issued a joint statement with Sony explaining that it still isn't clear whether firmware 3.61 is the real reason or not.

"We have received a very small number of customer support questions about PS3s overheating or shutting down while playing L.A. Noire," the joint statement reads. "At this time, Rockstar Games and Sony can confirm that neither L.A. Noire or firmware update 3.61 are causing the PS3 hardware to overheat. We are both committed to working hard to find solutions to this and any issues that may arise."

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Are u joking? mby i want to

Are u joking?

mby i want to keep my 600$ media center in somewhere not ridiculously ventilated...

If what u say is necessary then it should clearly display so on the box.

This product needs to be cleaned internally every 6 months or it may start to malfunction.


I have an "80gb PS3 Fat" and I have no issues with overheating playing any game including LA Noire because I keep my PS3 in a well ventilated environment. Give your PS3 a lot of breathing room or it will overheat doesn't matter what game your playing. If your system is a PS3 Fat you've probably had it for over 3 years and it needs to be cleaned. Build up of dust can cause your PS3's processor to retain heat and also make your internal fans a lot less affective. A can of compressed air is under $10 at your local computer outlet store.

Usually the simplest answer is the correct one, get off of Sony's back.

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