Investigation Turns Up L.A. Noire Patch Details, Claims of FW 3.61 Overheating Consoles

May 18, 2011 Written by Sebastian Moss

With a title the size and breadth of L.A. Noire, there’s bound to be a few small errors and glitches, but when a game is completely freezing or crashing, players become rather angry. Luckily, Rockstar and Team Bondi are working on a patch to fix the problems, but the developers have also blamed recent PS3 overheating problems on the latest PS3 firmware update.

Speaking about freezes and crashes on the Rockstar forum, the developer revealed:

The first patch is on the way shortly and addresses a large variety of general game stability issues as well as specific problems.

This will come as welcome news for anyone experiencing problems in L.A. Noire, but gamers may need to look out for an even greater threat, their console overheating:

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.

Primary reports seem to be that updating to firmware 3.61 will cause PlayStations to overheat. 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. This can range from games randomly freezing to PS3s turning off anywhere between 30 mins use to 2 hours. We have confirmed locally that multiple games (Rockstar and non-Rockstar) overheat or freeze only when 3.61 is installed.

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.

Sony has yet to comment on these claims, but previous firmware updates have caused problems in the past.