Users turning on their original (fat) PS3s last night and today have been hit with a clock bug, reminiscent of the Y2K bug, that causes PSN connectivity issues, date resetting and most annoying of all, data loss. The official word on from Sony is: Don’t turn on your PS3 for the next 24 hours if you’ve got anything other than a PS3 slim. Dire words indeed from a company that should be basking in the glory of Hard Rain, a Playstation exclusive, conquering the all formats chart.
Hit the break to see what Playstation have to say
[UPDATE] Seems like it’s fixed, either that or Sony just waited out the bug and it’s OK on the other side. It’s not apparent what they did to fix it and they’re not telling us either. Chock this one up to Y2K10 and hope it doesn’t happen again.
From the Playstation blog:
We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.
- 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 playback 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.
Ouch! So we urge you, if you’ve not already done so, don’t turn on your PS3 until Sony’s fixed this bug otherwise you might end up with those hours upon hours of game progress lost.