Sony has pulled PS3 firmware update 4.45, which was released this morning, due to reports that it was causing severe errors some PS3 consoles.
Reports started surfacing this morning from users in the United States, who commented that their consoles were bricking and others have since highlighted that their XMB has disappeared following installation of the update. As a result, Sony has taken the decision to remove firmware update 4.45 so that it can undergo further testing.
In a statement issued by Sony, they said "We are aware of reports that the recent PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has caused the XMB to not display on a small number of PS3 systems."
The statement continued by saying "We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating the cause of the problem. We will announce when the system update is available for download as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience."
The update 4.45 was meant to offer the ability to turn off trophy notifications and as always improve general system stability.
This isn't the first time an update for the PS3 has caused issues for the console maker. For example, firmware update 3.56 caused some HDDs to fail.
We'll keep you posted about the status of the firmware update moving forward.