A bug has crippled original PlayStation 3 units, leaving users unable to access the PlayStation Network, and compromising trophy and game functionality of a number of titles.
The problem began last night, leading to the assumption that a calendar bug is to blame. Users of the slim PlayStation 3 model are unaffected.
"We have found out that some users are experiencing a network connection failure when signing on to PlayStation Network,” said Sony Europe. "We are currently looking into the issue to identify the cause of this network connection failure and will update further information as necessary (on the Blog or official website). We appreciate for your understanding and continued support."
According to Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, users experience a 8001050F error when the console attempts to connect to the PlayStation Network, resetting the system to January 1, 2000.
Even offline systems are affected, with titles that synchronise trophies failing to start. PlayStation 3 test units used by developers and press are also said to be affected, and PSN content and games on the PlayStation 3 hard drive cannot be activated. This also effects some Blu-ray movies.
Sony has so far only acknowledged the issue via its official blog, but not offered any further advice to users.