Sony Pulls PlayStation Software Update on Machine Failure

Sony Corp. (6758) withdrew a software update for its PlayStation 3 console after reports some machines stopped working.

The system software update, version 4.45, caused “a small number” of PlayStation 3 systems to stop displaying the cross media bar used to navigate to different functions on the machine, said Dan Race, a PlayStation spokesman.

Sony, Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Co. occasionally deliver software updates to their game consoles to improve stability or deliver new applications and features. A posting on the microblogging site Twitter said the latest update would deliver more “trophy notification options and improved system stability.” Users can download updates themselves or set their machines to automatically update.

“We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating the cause of the problem,” Race said in an e-mail.

Sony’s American depositary receipts fell 91 cents, or 4.3 percent, to $20.49 at the close in New York. The Tokyo-based company’s ADRs have gained 83 percent this year.

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