PlayStation 3 firmware update 4.45 now available [Update]
posted on 06.18.13 at 09:57 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Choose whether to show a notification when a trophy is earned.

PlayStation 3 system software version 4.45 is now available for download.

The update gives users the ability to select whether to show a notification when they earn a trophy while playing a game. This can be adjusted under “Trophy Notifications” in the “System Settings” menu under “Settings.”

To download the update, power up your PlayStation 3 and scroll over to the “System Update” option under “Settings.”

Update: Don’t update your systems. Many users on the official PlayStation forums are reporting an issue locking their consoles on the boot-up screen. Sony has yet to address the problem, but considering the forum thread expands over 30 pages, the issue is far from a single case.

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  • LordKaiser

    Why I would want to disable that? I just love when they pop in. *Clank*

    • Bobby Jennings

      Agreed. Who would want to disable this?!

      • Bob Obb

        Me :)

        • AdamBoy64

          Yeah, me too.
          Nothing against those who do – but I really don’t care for trophies.

          The games I’ve played with trophies, those notifications have been nothing but a distraction.

          What a great update. It’d be nice if MS followed suit.

          • rurifan

            You’ve been able to disable notifications on the 360 all along.

            • AdamBoy64

              Oh, really?
              Is it easy to do?

              • rurifan

                Yes it’s in the option on the popup guide blade menu thing. (Right most blade, I think? It’s been a while.)

                • AdamBoy64

                  Thank you.
                  I’ll give it a try next time I’m on it.

    • Mar Mar

      Don’t forget the sound effect!

      Best notification sound for your phone.

    • rurifan

      I can’t stand that ugly popup on my screen during good parts of a game. *Chime* Distraction! Out of place system text floating over the actual game! You got a dumb trophy for playing the game! Yay!

      So yeah, I’m actually pretty excited they finally implemented this feature the 360 has always had. Thanks, Sony (really). :)

  • bloodiOS

    I appreciate the option, since I personally find those messages very irritating because I don’t really care much about trophy.

  • V_Ferg

    My question is why would they release an update that took 5-10 minutes of my time updating just for 1 new feature 90% of the people don’t care about! That was 5-10 min of time not playing the last of us! This should have been bundled with a larger update if that’s really the only thing it did. I’m sure people could have waited…

  • DarthBrian

    Nice update. That trophy thing has been a long time coming.

  • Matthew Frassetti

    Is that Uncharted 1?

    • KingNigma

      It is.

  • DesmaX

    Trophy Whore I am, I’m not using this function.

    But I guess it’s nice for people to have the option

  • bloodiOS

    Now, since Sony is taking their time to add, as much as I appreciate it, a trivial feature, I have to wonder why they never consider giving the PSP the option change the CPU clock speed (to 333 MHz), which would really benefit the older titles.

    • NeoTechni


  • Zuhri69

    Well, I love it when they pop out. I mean that one time I was in a very tense situation and suddenly *pop. Ooh, shiny…

  • DigitalDevilSummoner


    I had to wait for 4 damn years to get rid of this USELESS annoying little patronzing blinking reminder telling me I took 5 steps every 5 steps ?!

    ’bout time

  • genobee

    Not a trophy person and its constant pop up annoys me. I’ll enable this feature for sure.

  • Budgiecat

    Just an FYI:

    If you have a PS3 with an upgraded hard drive thats 500gb or more, chances are this update will brick your system as its been happening to a lot of people who swapped in bigger hard drives; so its best to wait another week to see if Sony fixes it. If you have a PS3 with a stock hard drive, they say you should be fine…

    • Sevyne

      It seems more commonly happening to those who have swapped out the hard drive, but I am seeing some cases where people are having stock ones brick as well. Really anybody that has not updated yet should avoid it.

    • GhostNomad

      While I have a PS3 with a stock 500GB and one with a swapped 500GB drive, I could test this. Then again, I’d really like to not end up with TWO bricked PS3’s so…

    • Altin

      It’s nice to see that so many people are throwing the term “Brick” like…well, bricks. A brick would render your PS3 completely useless, however, as most people claim – they still have access to the recovery menu. What happened to most users who upgraded their firmware and are unable to access the XMB, is at best a “semi-brick”.

      • Budgiecat

        It’s not a good thing so the semantic argument is moot

        • Altin

          Neither did I say that it isn’t nor did I intend to say that the amount of damage caused is lower than expected or so little that it shall be ignored. It’s just that I hate people that keep on flailing with terms they are not familiar with, that’s all.

          Misunderstanding those terms and keep on using these just keeps on causing a certain extent of paranoia which has no reason to be here to begin with. A full brick would’ve been fatal, as there might have been no way to restore the PS3 in any way. This “semi-brick” is anything but fatal.

  • PrinceHeir

    guys don’t update despite the new feature is disable the display trophy

    wait for Sony to fix this!!

  • new_tradition

    Truthfully I actually like the Trophy notification. I’m not the type of gamer that tries to earn trophies in the first place, so I don’t have many, which makes the few I end up earning a little more special for me, lol.

    EDIT: I’m surprised the update is causing issues, though. I wouldn’t think it’s something that could cause bricking O_o

  • Alos88

    You have unlocked a trophy: PS3 frozen.

    • Altin


  • Sevyne

    Thank you for updating the post with a warning Sal. More people need to be warned about it even if it is too late for most folks. Let’s just hope they fix the issue soon. I’m just really glad I didn’t update and decided to hit up my PC before my PS3 when I got home today!

  • Learii

    too late i already did =/

  • Sevyne

    I can confirm that the update has been pulled down. I am online on my PS3 on the older firmware with no notification to update. Now those affected have to wait and hope for some kind of fix.

    To be quite honest though, that was handled piss poor. It took them several hours of widespread bricking to pull the update down. That shit should have been pulled like right away.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Whew. Guess I’ll get on then.

    • NeoTechni

      It wasnt widespread and it wasnt actually bricking. It was people removing the hdd and not installing the firmware again (its stored on the hdd) from the safe mode menu

      • Sevyne

        No it was very widespread and it had nothing to do with removing HDDs as it was also happening to stock ones as well. You should probably read up a little more instead being ill informed from a couple random posts. That’s okay though, I appreciate your downvote for my efforts to actually get to the bottom of things instead of lazily citing what was probably your 2 minutes of research on the matter.

        Also installing from safe mode actually caused black screens and corrupted all data, so no it wasn’t that either.

  • Tyler James Sherwood

    when i first saw the update when right ahead and download and install it. Then i saw the update from a buddy on twitter and got worry. After a while i decided to check my PS3 and it was fine. Then i read about some of the people with the stock 160/320 GB were fine. I turned my PS3 off and on like 3 times just to make sure XD. Now it sound like Sony has pulled the update which hopefully means they will have it fix and up asap

  • Solomon_Kano

    Thanks for the warning Sal.

  • Nitraion

    Thank god i saw this article earlier…almost update my PS3

  • TetsuyaHikari

    The issue seems to be focused around people that have non-OEM hard drives. In layman’s terms, this basically means… If you have swapped out your stock PS3 HDD to upgrade it, you will be affected.

    • Sevyne

      Negative. Several reports had come in of stock HDDs being hit by this as well.

      • Elvick

        Yes, but are they having the actual problem caused by this? Or was it a coincidence, and their system was going to die either way, but they choose to latch onto the firmware update as the “cause”?

        Every firmware update people’s PS3’s die and then they blame the firmware update. It’s hard to know when there’s a REAL problem, and who it is actually affecting. Since you always get people crying wolf at the drop of a hat.

        People do it with new games too. “My PS3 died while playing Game 3, so Game 3 killed it.” That’s the only thought process they go through. Not “technology sometimes just stops working, so it might just be that.”

        • Sevyne

          Yes I understand that people do this, but this isn’t a case of PS3 just going dead to a YLoD. It’s the firmware update locking them up in between the PS logo starting screen and the XMB. Then if they try to reboot or go into safe mode they are black screening. Those PS3’s aren’t going dead. It’s a clear error on Sony’s side with the firmware. The results are the same for those cases with the stock ones as well that are having the issue. I’m sorry, but it is no coincidence on this one.

          Not to mention the fact that one of my best friends who owns an Uncharted 320GB PS3 had it happen as well, and chances of him “crying wolf” to me are pretty much 0%.

          • Elvick

            Are they specifically saying that’s the problem, or are they just raging and saying the firmware killed the system?

            Which was my point. Which you ignored to blab on about what I already know is an actual problem.

            Since I didn’t see these specific comments on whether they were actual issues caused by this, or just stupid people being stupid.

            • Sevyne

              Yes, this is specifically what they are saying. This is also specifically what my friend is saying, but you failed to actually read it seems and instead opted to make a smartass remark and instead chose to spin it into something else entirely. If I didn’t ignore anything at all, since I was replying to you and your question specifically.

              So like you to do something like that. I shouldn’t even be surprised. Don’t like what someone has to post? They’re clearly just “blabbing” and the full of crap right? Or I could be someone that was simply trying to be a decent person, warning folks not to update that were ill informed that it would be safe with their stock drives. I must be a complete asshole right? The nerve of me!

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Hmmm… That’s strange. Most of the reports I saw involved people that had replaced/upgraded their HDD, but the stock 60GB/120/etc. were fine.

        • Sevyne

          Well yeah, the majority you’re seeing reported are upgraded ones probably because majority of folks (especially those actively visiting those sites) have upgraded HDDs.

          No matter though, the firmware was pulled. To those who updated, the damage was either done or nothing happened. Those who were affected just have to wait for a fix. From what I’m hearing, they should have something ready tomorrow (that is not confirmed though).

          • TetsuyaHikari

            Man… I can only imagine what would have happened had this went up when the second test for the beta version of FFXIV: ARR took place this weekend, lol.

    • bloodiOS

      I’m currently using a Seagate Momentus XT 750GB for my old 60GB model and it worked just fine after the update. Perhaps I was lucky?

  • Krimson4eva

    My PS3 is still going after this update

  • Zero

    I don’t know about you all, but I think this type of stuff is scary. The last thing you want an update to do is hurt the system.

  • ギャビン

    Using SSD not going to try…

    • bloodiOS

      I do believe the update was already pulled.

  • shogunknight

    (In Europe) I guess they are working on it. Hope this does end well, hard reset and restoring games and files can be stressful

    • artemisthemp

      I think the Emergency menu is still accessible

  • xMCXx

    Phew, thank god I’m currently not playing on my PS3, since it’s fucking hot where I live! xD

  • kiziyepi

    “PlayStation 3 system software version 4.45 is now available for download”. I like this information. Thank for sharing this story!

    • Karl Josef

      you like the information but don’t update yet hahaha
      btw, the 4.45 is removed.

  • Shadow

    It’s a good thing the PS3 can support offline mode, and you can play all of your games still.

  • OverlordZetta

    Whew! And I just backed up my saves onto PS+ last night too. Thank goodness for that feature.