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Sony Warns Users Not to Use PS3s Until Bug Fix (UPDATE)

Gordon Kelly


Sony Warns Users Not to Use PS3s Until Bug Fix (UPDATE)

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.

"We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours," added Sony, before taking the drastic step of announcing: "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."

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.


via the Official PlayStation Blog

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