New PlayStation 3 update available — this one shouldn’t brick systems

Last week, Sony caused itself and gamers a bit of a headache when it released PlayStation system update 4.45. That patch ended up causing a malfunction in a small number of consoles (Sony won’t say how many exactly) that rendered the console unusable.

The company released a new update this morning that fixes the issue and should help affected users get their PlayStation 3s back in working order.

Those with working PlayStation 3s can just power up their systems and grab update 4.46 right now. For gamers that found their systems busted after the last patch, Sony released a three-step process (with many substeps) that runs through how to revive the PlayStation 3.

The fix requires a USB flash drive or some other kind of compatible storage device and will have PS3 owners running the system through safe mode to manually load in the new firmware.

In addition to addressing the bug, update 4.46 will include improvements to the console’s trophy notifications. Gamers can now choose whether the device alerts them when they earn one of the achievement-like items on Sony’s device.

Sourcehttp://venturebeat.com/2013/06/27/playstation-3-update-available-this-one-shouldnt-brick-systems/#CPDQWsYHLwgiByv7.99

Google ‘working on videogame console’

The new hardware would allow Google to compete with rumoured products from its rival, Apple, including a next generation TV that will include a videogame console and an Apple smartwatch.

The internet search giant is planning to design and market the two devices and then release at least one of them this autumn, according to reports.

Google’s smartwatch is expected to connect to smartphones using Bluetooth technology, much like its Google Glass product. Wearable computing is a key focus for major technology companies and Samsung has also said it has plans for an Android-based smartwatch.

Google also has some experience in the videogames market, as games that run on Adroid software are growing more quickly than those made for Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo consoles.

The Wall Street Journal reported the developments based on unnamed sources “familiar with the matter” and also claimed Google is planning to release a second version of its media-streaming device Nexus Q.

The first version of Google’s home entertainment device was revealed last year but was criticised for costing $299 (£195) and never went on sale to the public.

Google’s next attempt at the Android-based device is expected to be much less expensive, according to Wall Street Journal sources. The product should help Google sell more music through its streaming service, Google Play.

The technology company is also reportedly working on low cost Adroid smartphones that would be released in developing markets, including places where Google plans to help create wireless networks.

Sourcehttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10147504/Google-working-on-videogame-console.html