Sooner than expected, the infamous and most over-hyped problem in PlayStation 3’s history is over. Sony have officially announced the problem is sorted and users can now resume back to normal use without any problems.
We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model, recognized the year 2010 as a leap year. Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1 (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms are now resolved and that users are able to use their PS3 normally.
If the time displayed on the XMB is still incorrect, users are able to adjust time settings manually or via the internet. If we have new information, we will update you through the PlayStation.Blog orPlayStation.com.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
So thats that. Who would have thought that a simple date confusion would cause half the worlds PS3’s to stop working.
Let us resume back to normality, but i doubt this day, cleverly dubbed “ApocalyPS3 Day“, will be forgotten anytime soon.
It seems that since last night and still into this morning that the PlayStation Network is having major problems. It seems that when certain PS3 consoles attempt to sign-in to the Internet, the PS3 shows error messages, 8001050F it appears, and is unable to connect to the PlayStation Network.
Other Strange problems related to this is the Date & Time being stuck at Dec 31st 1999, Themes becoming corrupted, games involving the Trophy feature simply not working due to syncing errors and DLC for games not working either.
Strangely enough, it seems that only the PS3 “Fat” Consoles are experiencing the problems but the Slim Consoles aren’t. Also, as far as we know, it appears that the vast majority of users experiencing these problems are based in the USA compared to a somewhat smaller amount of users experiencing it in Europe. I have a Slim console and i can sign in fine without any problems, also a lot of my friends, all Europeans, mostly UK & Ireland, are signed in also and are playing games.
This is a very serious problem and it is understandable that many users are angry and frustrated. Even to the extent that they are bringing up the topic of a paid subscription based network resulting in a more reliable network. But lets be honest here, this is the first major problem i can remember on the PlayStation Network, except for maybe a somewhat similar problem all the way back in 2006, and considering the fact that Xbox 360’s Live service also experiences problems, then i would prefer to stick to a free service that rarely has problems than a paid one that still has problems.
The cause is still unknown but Sony are, as you would expect, aware of these problems:
We’re aware that many of you are having problems connecting to PSN, and yes, we’re looking into it. Stay tuned for updates.
So you can hopefully expect it to be solved before the day is over, most likely there will be a new Firmware Update to fix it.
We will update you as soon as we hear anything.
Thanks for reading.
Sony have shed some light on the possible cause of the recent PSN Crash for “Fat” PlayStation 3 Consoles:
We have found out that there has been a possibility of unauthorized access to personal information on the PlayStation®Store through PCs, a content download service of the PlayStation®Network. Although unlikely, it is possible that the passwords of a small percentage of PlayStation®Network users may have been changed through unauthorized access, making it possible to view users’ personal information and/or use the Wallet for the PlayStation®Store. PlayStation®Network accounts do not display entire credit card numbers, so any unauthorized access to your PlayStation®Network account is very unlikely to compromise your credit card number.
We have taken immediate measures to rectify this issue and system security is restored.
We have investigated the extent of unauthorized access and possible alteration of passwords that could have occurred before corrective measures were taken, and are directly contacting customers who may have been affected by this incident. In order to verify that your account is intact, we strongly suggest that PlayStation®Network users sign in to the service. If you can successfully sign in with your pre-set password, your account is not affected by this incident.
For additional information and immediate 24 hour online support, click here for the PlayStation® Knowledge Center.
Doesnt sound too good, but at least Sony are making progress in solving the huge problem.
We’ll keep you updated.
Sony seems to have found the cause of the problem, a bug with the clock and hope to have it solved within the next 24 hrs:
“We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours,” a post on the EU PlayStation blog reads.
“We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.
“In the meantime, if you have one of the above listed models, 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.”
Lets hope we get back to normal soon.
We’ll keep you updated.