If you own a PlayStation 3 chances are you've noticed not all has been well...
Late yesterday Sony issued a much requested progress report and things certainly sound serious:
"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."
Sony lays out a list of major errors, including:
- 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.
Ouch. Furthermore, at this stage it isn't clear how users with PS3s that are not online will be catered for. There's a famously concise saying about how a certain waste substance occurs, PlayStation owners it is your turn to experience it. We'll keep our eyes peeled for developments. In the meantime *adopts fiendish grin* perhaps try an Xbox...?
Update: thankfully the fix has arrived within 24/48 hours. Joystiq is reporting a bug fix has been discovered and requires no download at the user's end so all PS3 owners can get back to their gaming and bashing the Xbox. The more cautious amongst you may wish to wait for an official Sony comment, but it looks like everything is now A-ok.