Update: For those with bricked systems, Sony is releasing a patch on 20 June that that will remedy the bricked consoles. All you need to do is download it to your USB drive and power up the PS3 in safe mode and install update from USB.
Original story: Sony has just released the latest firmware update for the Playstation 3, and it appears that there’s a problem with the new release.
Update 4.45 is reportedly “bricking” certain consoles which leaves them hovering in the limbo of the welcome screens. Players have also said that they are unable to shut down the console, leaving them to removing the power cord in order to turn their PS3s off.
There are over 70 pages in the forum thread of users experiencing the same problem, confirming that it is a widespread affect.
Some users suggest reverting back to 4.41 using a USB installer and booting up the PS3 in safe mode, however, we can’t recommend this as there is no fullproof evidence that it works.
Update 4.45 was to include such features as turning off trophy notifications and improving general performance of the console and interface.