24 May

A joint statement from Sony and Rockstar last week puts the blame for the recent console overheating during L.A. Noire squarely on…nothing yet. Earlier suspected culprits like Sony’s 3.61 firmware update and Rockstar’s new interactive film noir game have been dismissed in the week or so since the original complaints starting coming in.

“We have received a very small number of customer support questions about PS3s overheating or shutting down while playing LA Noire.”

“At this time, Rockstar Games and Sony can confirm that neither LA 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.” SCEE Communications head Nick Caplin noted, adding later, “We have not seen an increase in the number of calls we get on a normal day. There is not an issue here, especially not linking over heating to LA Noire or firmware 3.61…With so many PS3s in the market, the odd one is bound to over heat and for some reason this has been made to sound like an particular issue. We have not seen an increase from the normal level of calls that are received by our call centres on a daily basis.”