PlayStation 3's may be overheating due to the latest firmware update, according to Rockstar Games, who received a number of complaints from users about L.A. Noire shutting off without warning.
"We have received some reports of PS3s overheating while playing L.A. Noire or beeping three times before shutting down/turning themselves off, mostly on older 60GB and 80GB fat models."
According to Rockstar, the problem lies in firmware 3.61: "there have been various reports of this on a few different games now, all reporting their PS3s turning off or "Red Lighting' after having installed 3.61."
Rockstar notes that the problems range from "games randomly freezing to PS3s turning off anywhere between 30 mins use to two hours." The studio have also "confirmed locally" that both Rockstar and non-Rockstar games are prone to overheating or freezing "only when 3.61 is installed."
In addition, they also assure fans that they'll continue to test L.A. Noire across all firmwares, but urges users to contact Sony for more information.
"At this time we are recommending contacting Sony directly to report the overheating issue. However, this is not the end of our support; we are continuing to test L.A. Noire on all firmware versions and hardware models to isolate the issues and see what can be done. As always, we will update this article as soon as we have updates."