01 Mar

Starting early yesterday morning, Playstation users around the world have been encountering a problem that prevents users from logging in to Playstation Network as well as some other problems that prevent users from playing certain games. Until the issue is fully resolved, Sony has advised all users that do not have a Playstation 3 Slim model to not use their console. Playstation 3 Slim users are not affected by the issues, and can continue to use their console and Playstation Network as normal.

Sony has stated that it has most likely identified the cause of the problem, linking it to a problem with the clock in the first-generation Playstation 3s. The company expects to be able to solve the problem within 24 hours, and has made a statement providing some further details on the issue.

In this statement, Sony advised users to not use the first-generation Playstation 3 until the issue has been addressed. Failure to do so “may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.” The full statement is included after the jump. More information and updates can be found here.

As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

Errors include:

  • The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
  • When the user tries to sign in to the PlayStation Network, the following
    message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been
    signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
  • When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears
    on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install
    trophies. Please exit your game.”
  • When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the
    Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date
    and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
  • Users are not able to play back certain rental video downloaded from the
    PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.

As mentioned above, please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologize for any inconvenience caused.

For the latest status on this situation please continue to check either the PlayStation.Blog orPlayStation.com.

Edit: Though an official statement has not been made at this time, it appears the PlayStation Network is now back online. Be sure to report any changes in save files or trophy information directly to Sony’s Playstation product support. Happy Gaming!

7 thoughts on “Playstation 3 Crippled Worldwide (Updated)”

  1. I have heard that some people with 160 gb models are safe, but I am unwilling to test this out to confirm. So best to say if you have a phat, then do not turn it on until you get the go ahead from Sony.

    1. Not doing any reviews, but I JUST bought the GoW collection Sunday at like 5 PM PST, and then I go online to see what news happened while I was out doing research for a class and trying to buy some clothes, and this happens. I didn’t turn on my console, but I just didn’t even want to tempt the wrath of the clock bug.

  2. Great…I was on my ps3 all last night wondering why I couldn’t sign in, hopefully I didn’t do any major damage.

    1. Well good news is that it fixed itself. But the 360 had a much worse fate, that RRoD was more detrimental than the internal clock glitch. Apparently it thought it was a leap year, and all hell broke loose.

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