Sony PlayStation 3 owners whose consoles were rendered useless after downloading a firmware update this week won't receive a fix until next Thursday, the company has said.
According to Sony, a "small number" of PS3 users were affected by update 4.45, which launched earlier in this week, leaving consoles effectively bricked.
In a pair of posts on the official PlayStation Europe Twitter account, Sony said a fix will be coming on July 27, but until then those affected users have a weekend (and then some) without the use of their console.
The first tweet read: "Hi guys, we have identified the issue related to PS3 software update (4.45) that impacted a small number of PS3 systems earlier this week."
That was followed by: "A new system software update is planned to be released on June 27 that resolves the issue."
The issue brings to a close a honeymoon period of unwaveringly positive press since the E3 expo when Sony took a giant leap ahead in the next-gen console battle with its PS4 keynote.
However, although beating the Xbox One must be a giant priority for the company, it would be advised not to forget all about loyal PS3 users, it hopes will continue to support the existing console and upgrade to the PS4.
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Via The Verge