Bug cripples original PlayStation 3 models

Older hardware affected, PSN access and hard-drive content unplayable for users

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.

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Latest comments (7)

Terence Gage Freelance writer 8 years ago
Rumour has it that the problem may right itself after today, but if not, I hope Sony can sort it quickly, as I'm currently very engrossed in Heavy Rain!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Terence Gage on 1st March 2010 4:24pm

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Aidan Fitzpatrick Artist 8 years ago
same here.
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Peter Bond Studying Art & Design, University of Bedfordshire8 years ago
Yes, i was looking forward to playing more Heavy rain then i got the same problem, i'm cautious to not play anything at the moment as that might have furthur ramifications. Please fix this issue asap Sony!...

Distressed gamer!!! :(

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Peter Bond on 1st March 2010 1:41pm

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Kostas Hajaropoulos Writer - Journalist 8 years ago
Riddle me this: what if the problem keeps going on after 24 hours? Got to see some faces over SCE then...
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.8 years ago
The Zune had a similar bug a year or so ago that corrected itself after a day or two. No way to know if the affected PS3's will do the same. Y2K has come much later than anticipated it seems.

My question is why are only certain models affected? It's not just a slim vs fat issue either as some older fat consoles also unaffected. What clock or calendar management code is different enough between those models that would cause such a failure?

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Jayke Walker8 years ago
My PS3 will remain off until this is fixed. So sad :( better than RROD though :)
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Paul Kerr Maxwell Technical Support Advisor, e4e Interactive Entertainment Services8 years ago
I wonder if the fat consoles that are still working are refurbished? Wouldn't surprise me as I would imagine that a part of this refurb process would be to update the BIOS (or console equivelent?) which could have eliminated this oversight in the originals. The point I don't get is that the last leap year was in 2008, before Trophy support was added I believe so why didn't this shown up in February/March 2009? This leaves me thinking that maybe a firmware update between 1st March 2009 and now has affected the console in someway to allow this to only show up now. Just a nitpick at the information in Matt Martins article here but our PS3's date actually reset to 31/12/1999 however the time which was set pushed it over to the year 2000 fairly quickly.
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