Walkin' it Back: Rockstar Says PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.61 Isn't Overheating Consoles

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Rockstar Games caused a hell of a stir yesterday when it theorized PlayStation 3's latest firmware update, version 3.61, was causing older iterations of the hardware to overheat and lock up L.A. Noire.

The company has just released a joint statement with Sony backing off that claim, however.

"We have received a very small number of customer support questions about PS3’s overheating or shutting down while playing L.A. Noire," reads the statement. "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."

A patch is currently in the works for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of L.A. Noire, meant to address various complaints of technical issues. As of this writing, there is no timeframe for either patch.

Speaking personally, L.A. Noire locked up my PS3 a few times last night. I've had issues with my 60GB PS3 in the past, though, which I've been unable to correctly diagnose, despite cleaning for dust.

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#1  Edited By patrickklepek

Rockstar Games caused a hell of a stir yesterday when it theorized PlayStation 3's latest firmware update, version 3.61, was causing older iterations of the hardware to overheat and lock up L.A. Noire.

The company has just released a joint statement with Sony backing off that claim, however.

"We have received a very small number of customer support questions about PS3’s overheating or shutting down while playing L.A. Noire," reads the statement. "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."

A patch is currently in the works for both the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of L.A. Noire, meant to address various complaints of technical issues. As of this writing, there is no timeframe for either patch.

Speaking personally, L.A. Noire locked up my PS3 a few times last night. I've had issues with my 60GB PS3 in the past, though, which I've been unable to correctly diagnose, despite cleaning for dust.

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#2  Edited By Patman99

Man is Sony have is having one hell of a year so far....

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#4  Edited By Xsheps

I could imagine Sony paying Rockstar to make this statement.   Dumbasses.

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#5  Edited By zeforgotten

Yeah, one heck of a year for sony.

Even though this isn't their fault, but still!
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#6  Edited By ChristianCastillo

Damn Sony really needs to announce a new system this E3, the sales of the ps3 must be plummeting fast.

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#7  Edited By cstrang

Heheh... right.

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#8  Edited By StrikeALight

They should just slash the prices of the PS3. Then I'll buy one.

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#9  Edited By npeterson08

I'd be worried for Sony if they weren't such a diverse company.

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#10  Edited By mfpantst

Wow- all of this makes me thankful for an xbox and slow framerates?  Though last night it locked up on me once.  But I did something I thought of later as complex:
I died in a side case.  I reloaded- asked my partner to drive to our objective, and the screens telling me how to restart the side quest came  up, and the game locked as it began the conversation bit.  That makes sense- I did something highly unusual.

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#11  Edited By Giacomito

when it comes to the overheating and turning off, I think it's just people's ps3 breaking down (it happens, electronics die) and it just so happens to coincide with people turning on their ps3 for the first time in a long time and getting a new firmware = that must be the reason.

the locking up should be fixable with a patch though.

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#12  Edited By Nadafinga
@ChristianCastillo: The LAST thing Sony needs to do is rush a new console to market before it's ready. We wont hear anything about a new Sony console for at least another couple years.
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#13  Edited By dvorak

The only time that it's locked up for me is when I was trying to access the PSN from within the game. It seemed repeatable though, which makes me suspicious.

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#14  Edited By Xsheps
@npeterson08: I think part of the problem is that they are such a diverse company.  They make a ton of things but do none of them well.   They really just try to compete on price.
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#15  Edited By monkeyking1969

It would be nice if the public mouth pieces of companies wouldn't just say, "Not us!" at the first sign of trouble.  All RockStar had to say was, "We're looking into it,  and will have solid answers for consumers, retrailers, and the media as soon as possible."

Let's be clear, if this is happening on PS3 and XB360, it is not 'just' one companies fault.  It could be all of their faults...it could be people live like %$#@# pigs in their dusty, chicken bone filled homes. I'm leaning towards the second one since it holds up to the 'people are stupid' test.
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#16  Edited By PrivateIronTFU

Jesus people, lay off Sony. 

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#17  Edited By npeterson08
@xsheps: Very true. They'll survive as a company and hopefully this string of issues will force the corporation to pay closer attention to the Playstation.
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#18  Edited By PKHilson

BUYER BEWARE!!

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#19  Edited By Burn1n9m4n

@patrickklepek What sorts of problems are you having Patrick? I have a 60GB PS3 as well but to date I haven't really had any issues with it.

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#20  Edited By A_Damn_Tool

Seems to me the problem is your 60gig PS3. If you would have bought an Xbox 360 instead you wouldn't be having this problem. That's because you would have had to replace your console with a newer model by now.

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#21  Edited By admanb

I want to hear the phone call from Sony to Rockstar that prompted this release. I hope it started with, "You ignorant slut."

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#22  Edited By Enigma777

My PS3 sounds like a vacuum cleaner whenever I play LA Noir...

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#23  Edited By evilhomer
@xsheps said:
I could imagine Sony paying Rockstar to make this statement.   Dumbasses.
I highly doubt this is the case
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#24  Edited By Ryguy085

Keynote at E3 is going to be brutal to watch.

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#25  Edited By FancySoapsMan

Why are we only talking about Sony here?

There have been people saying that the 360 version of L.A. Noire has been causing problems too.

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#26  Edited By abdo
@dvorak said:
The only time that it's locked up for me is when I was trying to access the PSN from within the game. It seemed repeatable though, which makes me suspicious.
That's because the store is still down, it makes sense that the game would be confused when it tries to connect to the store.
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#28  Edited By CosmicQueso

Memo to self:  Could you PLEASE STOP buying things day 1?  Idiota!

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#29  Edited By Lukin
@FancySoapsMan said:

Why are we only talking about Sony here?There have been people saying that the 360 version of L.A. Noire has been causing problems too.

Didn't you hear? The 360 issues are Sony's fault as well.
People are crazy
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#30  Edited By Brackynews

"Watch faces."
Fantastic.

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#31  Edited By hatking
@Nadafinga said:

@ChristianCastillo: The LAST thing Sony needs to do is rush a new console to market before it's ready. We wont hear anything about a new Sony console for at least another couple years.

We won't hear anything for another couple years?  I think you're crazy.  I'm guessing leaks and rumors really start pouring out next year.  I wouldn't be surprised to see a PS4 released holiday 2012, but my real guess would be 2013.
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#32  Edited By bybeach

My old 60 gig is doing fine so far. Only thing changed about it was the disk player
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#33  Edited By ShaneDev

And the award for best use of a picture in a news article goes to....


Patrick Klepek for his Rockstar backtrack story.
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#34  Edited By dbz1995

When the villains of Sony strike:

'God's sake Sony are so shit'

The Sony Defence Force come to play!

'Your mum!'

To be continued next time...

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#35  Edited By MordeaniisChaos
@admanb: ahahahahaa, you crack me up :3
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#36  Edited By xyzygy
@FancySoapsMan said:
Why are we only talking about Sony here?There have been people saying that the 360 version of L.A. Noire has been causing problems too.
LA Noire was developed with the PS3 as lead platform. Therefore, all problems across both platforms can be stemmed back to the PS3.




(jokes)
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#38  Edited By dvorak
@abdo: Yeah I figure as much.
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#39  Edited By wickedsc3

I've had no lock-ups so far on the 360.  But im only on the second disk so well see how the rest goes.

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#40  Edited By Saga

I wonder if Sony executives threaten to sue Rockstar like they did GeoHot?

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#41  Edited By kerse

The 360 one has some pretty bad framerate at times, its not ruining the game for me yet since its always right when you get to a scene and not when you're inside (which seems weird). 

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#42  Edited By evilhomer
@Saga said:
I wonder if Sony executives threaten to sue Rockstar like they did GeoHot?
Why would they?  that makes absolutely no sense
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#43  Edited By jayjonesjunior
@xsheps said:

@npeterson08: I think part of the problem is that they are such a diverse company.  They make a ton of things but do none of them well.   They really just try to compete on price.

seriously? Sony is in the top of almost everything they do (quality wise).

I'm talking about a reliable products, made with good components and edge technology, very much like Apple and Nintendo.

 Unfortunately i can't say that about Microsoft.
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#44  Edited By PrivateIronTFU
@FancySoapsMan said:
Why are we only talking about Sony here?There have been people saying that the 360 version of L.A. Noire has been causing problems too.
Sony is the new boogeyman, apparently. 
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#45  Edited By HarrySound

Sounds like Sony got on the phone to Rockstar and said "HOLY CRAP WE GOTTA TELL EVERYONE ITS NOT US OR WE'LL GET SUED!....AND WE DON'T NEED NO MORE SUED!!!"


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#46  Edited By metalsnakezero

See, it had nothing to do with the PS3 patch update. And BTW my L.A. Noire is still running well.

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#47  Edited By MrKlorox

I haven't had any problems with the 360 version except for one glitch where Cole was standing up in the driver's seat with his upper body poking through the roof for like three seconds.

Well, aside from the "problem" of the low framerate on face textures, which I assume is result of the compromise to fit the game onto 3 discs of ~6.8 gigs instead of one disc of ~47 gigs. It sure does look ugly when the models open their mouths before the texture changes though.

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#48  Edited By HitmanAgent47

It's simple really, it's just too much for the ps3's gpu and will overheat it.

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#49  Edited By animateria
@dbz1995 said:
When the villains of Sony strike:'God's sake Sony are so shit'The Sony Defence Force come to play!'Your mum!'To be continued next time...
In my eyes both are villains...

CONTROVERSY! 
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#50  Edited By SolracFB

The first thing I did when I booted LA Noire was to press the button that said PSN Store, even though I know the PSN store is down. My PS3 froze and I had to restart it. I thought I deserved it.

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