Sony is urging owners of "phat" PS3 consoles to keep them turned off until the company can release a fix for an error affecting the system's internal time clock; more info expected later today.
As we reported yesterday, PlayStation 3 owners across the globe began flooding message forums to report showstopping errors while playing a range of games on Sony's console. The commonly reported error code, 8001050F, prevents gamers from signing into the PlayStation Network and in several cases prevents gameplay in both offline and online modes. Sony quickly acknowledged the error, stating that it was "aware of the issue" and is "currently investigating it".
The only PlayStations immune from the date bug are the new Slim models.
(Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment)
Following up on the issue this morning, Sony issued a statement saying that it believes the problem is related to a bug in the PS3's internal clock and hopes to have the situation resolved within 24 hours. Also, as initially surmised, the bug afflicts all PS3 models other than the PS3 Slim, which was released in late August 2009.
Sony urged those who own models other than the Slim to keep their consoles powered off until the fix can be applied. According to the publisher, turning the console on while the problem persists "may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data".
Considering that the bug prevents gamers from connecting to the PSN, it is unclear how Sony intends to fix the firmware issue on the malfunctioning consoles. The publisher said that it expects to have more details later today.
For those wondering if their consoles have succumbed to the bug, Sony also released a list of reported errors, found below.
8001050F error messages:
- The date of the PS3 system may be reset to 1 January 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.