L.A Noire PS3 Overheating: It’s Not Our Fault

Posted on May 21 2011 - 9:01pm by Thomas Sharp

It’s not my fault, so it must be your fault. Actually, let’s say that it is no one’s fault.

That, in a nutshell, seems to be the gist of the joint statement from Sony and Rockstar. They say that there have been a “very small number” of complaints and customer support enquiries about the PS3 overheating and turning itself off when people were playing L.A. Noire.

First off all Rockstar had blamed the Sony PS3 firmware update number 3.61 for the problem, so it was Sony’s fault? But then it was revealed by Sony that the Xbox 360 has the same problem. So it was Rockstar’s fault?

As this point the two firms went for the rather novel approach of issuing a joint statement saying that neither was to blame. Or least that “neither L.A. Noire nor firmware update 3.61” is behind the overheating issue.

So what is the real cause of the problem? Hopefully it will be revealed soon, as games are more concerned about getting the thing solved than pointing the finger at the guilty party. Both companies state they are working to find out the reason for this issue.

If you have not seen L.A. Noire yet it is a game set in 1947 Los Angles and done in a film noir style. LAPD official Cole Phelps is the character you play as you wade through the murky underworld and deal with nasty criminals.

Have you had a problem when playing L.A. Noire? Did you notice and goblins or leprechauns messing with your machine while you were playing or could someone else be to blame?


13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kenny May 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I tried to install the game onto the hard drive of my Xbox 360 slim and the console kept resetting itself.
    Now when I turn the console on the dashboard will not load and console resets again. Waiting for Microsoft to phone me back on Monday morning but it looks like console will be going off for repair. I only bought the console at Christmas. My previous console, a 360 Elite had to go off for repair when it was only nine months old. It was Fable 2 that caused that problem. I have lost all confidence in Xbox 360s.
    Just when Microsoft tell us that they have fixed all the 360 problems it seems that they haven't.

    • gamerdude! May 22, 2011 at 10:47 am - Reply

      thats just xbox's in general that need to be repaired all the time

  2. U wil neve know May 22, 2011 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Join me if u agree dis some bullshit..I have had my ps3 for several years no problems at all..but after i updated when the network finally came back on… I caught ylod…i swear ps3 did this shit to make money there is no way they didnt kno this couldnt have happened…they had to test this update several times and some one must of knew somthing and hid in the back of the meeting of the final product this some bull shit..like peter from family guy this shit grinds my gears….lol…So i called Ps3 and they gave me this bullshit rap about how they support their product and shit come on they only sayin dat cuz its recorded they know what the hell is goin on..BULLSHIT…straight up…

    • BoriBlaze May 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      It's a pretty easy fix don't worry. I caught YLOD with my Fat Model like 3x's. I fixed it and it's still going strong. With the proper tools and knowledge you can fix it no problem.

  3. vancenolan May 22, 2011 at 7:54 am - Reply

    L.A. Noire is awesome so far! I just found a blog that's giving out the DLC for all the extra cases! http://bit.ly/m0JKRI

  4. Andy May 22, 2011 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I have an old boy PS3 the fat one. And it's out of warranty now. And I can't afford a game to break my Ps3. I want to play it. Shame that your loosing sales over this.

  5. kingjamez May 22, 2011 at 9:48 am - Reply

    This is the only game that causes my PS3 to overheat. I can only play for 30 minutes or less before the system shuts down. I hope they are able to fix the problem, but it is very frustrating.

    • RezonNeo May 23, 2011 at 7:02 am - Reply

      It happen for me too. I have to pause to let the system cool down in every 3 min or so. Irritating.

  6. kingjamez May 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    So Rockstar replied to my PS3 overheating ticket saying that they've "confirmed" LA Noire is not the cause of the problem. Are they not taking our feedback seriously? My console works perfectly fine with EVERY other game. LA Noire is the ONLY game that causes problems with my console and forces it to shutdown, sometimes even within 5 minutes of starting the game. So, I must conclude the LA Noire is the cause. What other explanation could there be? I believe Rockstar's "confirmation" is in error and plead with them to reinvestigate the issue. From their reply, it sounds like they are abandoning the customers that paid good money for their game…

  7. Pete May 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Contact the better business Bureau and report it just as I have.Its easy to do and can be done online in seconds. Its BullS#@$ how thay are trying to cover this crap up dont let them bilk you for more money for a repair or a new console!

  8. Bob Harvey May 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Why does the game get a superfluous 'e' on the end?

  9. morty May 31, 2011 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I installed the 3.61 update yesterday and within minutes I got the YLOD, and I wasn't even playing any games. I had zero problems before hand and I can't think of any other reason why my PS3 should have suddenly died.

  10. Sn00p June 1, 2011 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Same here. Ps3 updated then YLOD in an hour -___________-

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