Overnight, Sony released a new PS3 Firmware Update. It was designed to address some system stability issues, as well as deactivate trophy notifications from the system menu.
Things didn’t go according to plan.
Many users applied the update, but it actually ended up bricking PS3 consoles, as opposed to fixing these issues.
Sony quickly removed the update and are working on a way to get it back out soon. Users that experienced the issue include those using 1 TB external drives and 750GB PS3 models. The original models seem to be safe, although at this point, it’s probably safest if you don’t update your PS3 to the latest firmware and wait for Sony to re-release.
Couple this with The Last of Us save-bug issue, Sony seem to be experiencing a few unfortunate technical hiccups now removed from E3. That’s one way to destabilise momentum, we guess.