Sony's PS3 v4.45 firmware update was supposed to add trophy notification options and improve overall system stability, but many users were stuck with bricked systems after applying the update. The PlayStation community forums were flooded by angry fans complaining about the issue, so many as a matter of fact that Sony decided to pull the update shortly thereafter.
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. 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 apologize for the inconvenience.
When we have updates, I'll add them to this thread. In the meantime, you can go to this open community thread to add your feedback.
Sony has now identified the issue causing the debacle and will be releasing a new patch on June 27.
"We have identified the issue related to the PlayStation 3 software update (version 4.45) that impacted a small number of PS3 systems earlier this week. A new PS3 system software update is planned to be released on June 27 that resolves the issue. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience."
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