The Playstation 3 Update 2.42 Firmware Available, 2.43 Version Coming Soon

playstation 3 update 2.42

I know this may be a bit old, but I couldn’t help myself from writing this post. Here at Walyou we are getting rumors that the PlayStation 3 update of 2.43 firmware is going to be available for download soon.  I am going to share with you how to update your PS3 gaming console to 2.42 firmware version, so you will already know how to install the PS3 firmware 2.43 update once it is released.

First of all you should know what has been added to the Playstation 3 2.42 firmware update (even though it isn’t too much), so you can make a wise decision whether you are interested in installing it or not.

The main change in the 2.42 update is the quality of playback in some Playstation 3 format software. For example, when playing Call of Duty 4, it doesn’t say “Downloading Game Settings” as frequently as before. In addition, the XMB looks pretty much the same with this update.

If these minor changes aren’t so important, you can just wait for the upcoming 2.43 firmware update. Now, for those who chose to install the 2.42 firmware update anyways, here is how to do it.

There are a few ways to update your PS3’s firmware:

1. Download and install directly on the PlayStation 3.
2. Download the firmware update to your PC, place it on a memory stick or thumb drive to install from there, or
3. The update will be included with the newest games.

I will stick with the first and the easiest method here:

Go to the Settings menu in your PS3 and select System Update at the top. When asked how to update the firmware, select “Update Via Internet”. The Playstation 3 will automatically check for any new updates and will begin downloading the latest firmware update, in this case the 2.42.

Once the PS3 has finished downloading the firmware update, it will ask you to hit “X” on the controller to start the installation process. The system will restart and request of you to connect the controller with the USB cable and hit the “PS button”. The screen that will follow should say Firmware Update with the version number and at the bottom you will see X to start installing. Press the “X”,  agree to the “software agreement” and continue with the firmware installation. After a few moments, the 2.42 update will request of you to hit X to restart the system. Once the reboot is complete, you are now in your new PS3 2.42 firmware update.

Note: some have been facing problems after installing the update. In a few cases the PS3 stopped reading games and in others, when you enter the game, the screen goes black or it says there is an error. So, be warned.

New in PlayStation 3 Update 2.43 firmware: It seems like we will at last be able to see and check the much talked about “Life with PlayStation” in the new firmware update. Moreover, there will be a few updates for the Metal Gear Solid 4 and Grand theft Auto IV games.

In addition, there are claims that the Wi-Fi connection problems many people are complaining about will be repaired along with the FFF error shown when viewing profile which are not fully loaded. As before, regular fixes and security patches will be included, as to update your PS3 to work up to par.

12 thoughts on “The Playstation 3 Update 2.42 Firmware Available, 2.43 Version Coming Soon

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  4. Dustin.

    Man I’m having the exact same problem and I don’t know what to do. I was going to call in today, but after what your telling me, I don’t even know if I should. 2.43 didn’t fix my ps3’s problem at all, infact I don’t think it did anything.

    I honestly don’t know what to do at this point.

  5. Gregg.

    The day 2.42 came out my Blu Ray discs would freeze at random points. I checked 10 discs all with the same result. I later updated to 2.43 with no improvement. I preformed every fix 3+ times with no result.

    This morning I called customer service. I was told since my warranty is out of date, I would have to pay $150 to get it fixed. I had my call escalated to James (48408) who stated there is no problem with the firmware, I’m just unlucky. After insisting for and hour and a half that my system be fixed for free, the CSR hung up on me.\

    Not being one to quit, I called right back. I was told that James was the only senior staff on site, I said I was fine speaking to him again. After being put on hold for 45 min+ I spoke with Mike Folden, James’ boss. He told me that he just stopped in quickly – which of course must be true, plenty of CSR’s stop in to work on a weekend just for fun.

    Mike gave me the same line, there is no firmware problem, pay up or hang up. I let Mike know that I am aware that many people are having this same problem, and that two of my relatives have experience the same problem with the system being out of warranty in addition to many others on this forum. I let Mike know that others have had their fee waived. He denied this, stating that they never waive the fee, ever.

    Calling on my past CSR experience, I asked him to run a quick check on specific case numbers which show that they have in fact waived this fee for many people with this specific problem. He stated this was not possible.

    At this point I told him how to look it up on the system he was using, he said ‘well I could do that, but I am not going to’. I asked him why he would not bother to look up two simple case files to prove me wrong, he got very angry.

    He very quickly told me that I would get a call back in 3-5 days, and hung up on me mid sentence.

    Anyone else have problems like this?

    I refuse to give up, I will not pay a penny for a system that they busted.

  6. gavin.

    had my ps3 for over a year now and have had little trouble up untill recently. sat here the last few days in front of a very frustrating downloading game settings message. i have even deleted all my cod4 content as suggested by 1 forum. i left it on 1 day for over 5 hours and nothing although I still get party invites while i wait what is going on sony!!!

  7. eric.

    i believe all the people who claim to have problems with their PS 3 are just Xbox fanboys which is probably why Sony isn’t responding.

  8. ty.

    Bought a 80gb ps3 with MGS4 and did the 2.42 upgrade. Everything is working fine for me. I can play all discs! Guess I am a lucky one

  9. rrrents.

    I experienced the “typical” 2.42 issue as everything related to Bluray freeze now. DVDs and CDs work fine. It has already been a while without response from Sony, so I am not sure whether to wait for next firmware update or try returning PS3 for warranty-repair.

    Many message boards are filling up with precisily same problems: PS3 stops reading the discs. What I find surprising is why Sony does not comment on the problem. E-mail they responded me with encouraged to take my PS3 to warranty-repair.

    However repair/return time at least in Finland can be even 3-6 weeks. Should I wait for next update?

  10. Simon.

    I hope they provide an update soon, I updated on the day 2.42 was released and have been unable to play any discs (blu-ray or games) since. I’m getting tired of waiting for Sony to get their act together….

  11. Uzair Post author.

    @Fool.We are hearing that the 3.0 update will be available soon. Sony has changed plans and will update the firmware to 3.0 direct.

  12. Fool.

    I just bought my ps3, 80gb MGS4 Bundle. I set it up and intsalled MGS4, then updated. Since update it wont read any disc. If the new firmware is coming out soon I think i should wait it out and see what happens. What do you think?


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