PS3 bricked after Firmware Update 4.45? No worries. Here’s a 5-minute fix to help you get by until Sony officially solves the problem. The concept is, you have to boot into safe mode and re-update the firmware. This is how to do it:
- Power off the PS3 (just a soft power off, not via the main switch at the back)
- Hold down the power button until it resets three times.
- The first rest is normal mode, the second is video reset mode (for situations where you don’t have a display)
- Finally, the third reset is called ‘Safe Mode’ and will bypass the broken firmware and to allow you to re-update.