While the restoration of the PlayStation Network continues, there have been reports of some players experiencing console overheating and freezes while playing the freshly released L.A. Noire.
However, the game's publisher Rockstar Games have posted a statement
claiming that the fault lies not with their game but with Sony's new 3.61 firmware update.
“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.
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.
Poor old Sony can't seem to catch a break.
While the support page entry we originally linked to up there appears to have since been taken down, Rockstar have now released a new official statement with more carefully chosen words proclaiming that neither the game nor the new PS3 firmware are the culprits of the overheating issue:
We have received a very small number of customer support questions about PS3’s overheating or shutting down while playing L.A. Noire. At this time, Rockstar Games and Sony can confirm that neither L.A. Noire or firmware update 3.61 are causing the PS3 hardware to overheat. We are both committed to working hard to find solutions to this and any issues that may arise. If you are experiencing any issues with L.A. Noire or your PS3 hardware, please contact technical support using any of the means provided below:
Rockstar Support: www.rockstargames.com/support
Rockstar Support on Twitter: twitter.com/RockstarSupport
PlayStation 3 Support: http://us.playstation.com/support/
Playstation 3 Support EU: www.eu.playstation.com