Rumor: Older PS3s having issues running LA Noire [Update]

If you own an older version of Sony's Playstation 3 console (you know, the one that's really heavy and not all that slim) you might want to wait about paying $60 to get the newly released crime action game LA Noire. According to a report at VG247.com, the older PS3 machines may have some issues running the newest game from publisher Rockstar Games.

The report is based on forum posts that suggest a small number of older PS3 consoles (the ones with the 60 GB and 80 GB hard drives) are dealing with various issues while playing the new and acclaimed game from developer Team Bondi for extended period. Those issues include the game freezing, crashing and having the console itself shut down. Overheating issues seem to be the culprit.

The report also suggests that issues with the new PS3 3.61 firmware update (released to owners just before the Playstation Network was restored) might be causing at least some of the problems but that has not been confirmed. Rockstar Games says it will update gamers on this issue but at the same time they also ask those with problems with their PS3 console to contact Sony directly.

Oddly enough, owners of older Xbox 360 consoles who have downloaded a previously released firmware update are having issues as well playing game disks. Microsoft can detect which Xbox consoles that are having issues running under the update and will offer those owners a new Xbox 360 Slim with a 250 GB hard drive as a replacement.

Update: Rockstar and Sony have issued a joint statement on the official Rockstar web site. It does state, "We have received a very small number of customer support questions about PS3’s overheating or shutting down while playing L.A. Noire." Neither the game nor the new 3.61 PS3 update is to blame, according to the statement. It did add, "We are both committed to working hard to find solutions to this and any issues that may arise."

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On disc 2 of the game but haven't received any huge issues on the 360 yet besides a small freeze sometimes when characters try to get out of the car (which corrects itself like a car reset with the characters standing in front of the vehicle) or that sometimes my partner just freezes dead stop (like in a opening car door state). I've also noticed that sometimes NPC cars go halfway through my car making me unable to enter until I provision the vehicle that's halfway in to drive it back out.

To prevent any serious issues, make sure you install the necessary data onto hdd then play from there so the disc drives don't read so much. If the console is overheating, put it in a more ventilated environment with lots of space or get a bigger room/fan.

Sraf said,

So you can't use your console at all anymore?


Nope. Turn it on. Three beeps, yellow light then flashing red light. Game is stuck.

Just picked up the game from Gamestop, got the "pre order" bonus content.. though I didn't preorder it. Will fire this baby up during lunch for a quick spin Luckily I have the PS3 Slim 120gb, so I should be safe...

Seems about right. The only 2 games that kicked my 40GB fan into high gear were GTAIV, and RDR. Everything else was whisper quiet while gaming.

Not a rumor anymore, as Spyder pointed out.
http://support.rockstargames.c...off-while-playing-l-a-noire

edit: Seems like Rockstar have pulled the article. Sorry for that.
Here's an update

Rockstar has retracted its accusation that firmware 3.61 causes PS3 versions of L.A. Noire to crash and freeze due to the console overheating.

Sony last night condemned Rockstar's claim as "rumour" and "speculation". Rockstar has removed the offending post from its website.

"Rockstar's support FAQ has been updated to offer routine troubleshooting steps for L.A. Noire owners experience problems on both PS3 and Xbox 360. There's no mention of PS3 firmware 3.61. "

http://www.eurogamer.net/artic...-3-61-not-crashing-la-noire

x-byte said,

edit: Seems like Rockstar have pulled the article. Sorry for that.
Here's an update
ah ha! thank you for the update

odd. i saw a news article yesterday quoting a post from a rockstar developer saying they've replicated and confirmed this issue and that they're trying it out on different models and firmware versions as well. i didn't think it was a rumor at this point?

Spyder said,
odd. i saw a news article yesterday quoting a post from a rockstar developer saying they've replicated and confirmed this issue and that they're trying it out on different models and firmware versions as well. i didn't think it was a rumor at this point?

No No, must be a rumor, it works perfectly on some peoples consoles so no WAY it could be true.

designgears said,
Total BS, got my PS3 on launch day, running LA Noire just fine.

Just because yours works doesn't mean others do not.

designgears said,
Total BS, got my PS3 on launch day, running LA Noire just fine.

Yes, because if it is running on yours, then no one else could possibly have a problem. Nope, everything is fine, designgears' PS3 does not have any problems everyone, false alarm

designgears said,
Total BS, got my PS3 on launch day, running LA Noire just fine.

1/In 1 Million people that says they don't have the problem doesn't make the claim BS.

[Replace 1 Million with X amount of original older PS3 Console Users]

Rooster69 said,

Just because yours works doesn't mean others do not.

Exactly this, why do people think since something is not happening them, it must not be happening to anyone else.

Sraf said,

Yes, because if it is running on yours, then no one else could possibly have a problem. Nope, everything is fine, designgears' PS3 does not have any problems everyone, false alarm

Like some cheese with that... oh... sorry my console works? Let me smash it with a hammer... wtf.

xendrome said,

Exactly this, why do people think since something is not happening them, it must not be happening to anyone else.

Nevermind, it's not working after I smashed it with a hammer. RUMOR is correct, hammers break your console. Oh.. wait, its not about hammers at all...

designgears said,
Total BS, got my PS3 on launch day, running LA Noire just fine.

I kind of understand what designgears means. Surely all hardware of the same model as his should have the exact same issue. They leave the factory in the same way, same hardware/cool fans etc. so surely if his has no problems with the game, no one else should? (unless they have clogged cooling fans, have dropped their console etc.)

King Mustard said,

I kind of understand what designgears means. Surely all hardware of the same model as his should have the exact same issue. They leave the factory in the same way, same hardware/cool fans etc. so surely if his has no problems with the game, no one else should? (unless they have clogged cooling fans, have dropped their console etc.)

This. Though if he had read very carefully he would have realized that it only affects some of the people's older PS3s...

MASTER260 said,

This. Though if he had read very carefully he would have realized that it only affects some of the people's older PS3s...

He realized that and indirectly meant that it could not be a hardware problem if his console works. It must be just crappy PS3s.

designgears said,
Total BS, got my PS3 on launch day, running LA Noire just fine.

My Xbox 360 has never RROD'd, it's total BS, Xbox's don't break!!

designgears said,
Total BS, got my PS3 on launch day, running LA Noire just fine.

I have a PS3 with a YLOD if you'd like it... oh wait... that's total BS too because yours works fine. Don't be so blatantly ignorant in calling everyone else a liar just because your situation is different...