UPDATED FURTHER: Check it out here.
UPDATE: Rockstar has apparently contacted MCV to say that this is not to be taken as an "official" statement from the company, but rather one from its customer support team. It then goes on to say that the information was sourced from various posts over on the official PlayStation European forums.
The original story:
According to a Rockstar Customer Services representative, the latest PlayStation 3 firmware update, 3.61, which was released as part of an ongoing effort to fill in the holes caused by the recent hack on the PlayStation Network, is actually doing more harm than good on slightly older console models.
"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," begins a statement found on Rockstar's website.
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."
Has any of you been affected by the firmware update? Noticing that your PS3 is getting a bit hot? Let us know.