Fix for PS3 date crash due in 24 hours

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".

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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.

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juzmatt posted a comment   

@HA! u fault... yeah then maybe we could have been sitting around hoping and praying we dont get the red rings of death instead hey... never mind that xbox's hardware failure rate after 2 years is 54% as opposed to playstations 11%.... moron

 

Sam posted a comment   

Give them time, jesus. It's not like Sony are trying to screw us over, there has been an error and they are trying to fix it. Ans for the person who said we " Should have been smart and gone for the 360 like the more intelligent portion of the population", why dont you grow up? I hate 360 fanboys who wait on things like this to jump up and say "we have a better console!!" Its childish and a complete waste of everyones time.

 

HA! u fault posted a comment   

Everyone who has this problem should realize its your own faults! Should have been smart and gone for the 360 like the more intelligent portion of the population!

 

****ed posted a comment   

This sucks. I only found out about it because I went to play AC3 and got the error message and know it looks like I've lost Iveiw as well as a lot of my game save and I just DL AC3's Bonfire of the Vanities and it's gone to. Obviously they were hoping everyone would drop the "PHAT" console for the new one coming. I suppose I'd be more **** if I was one of those people who paid over a thousand dollars for the first PS3's with the backward compatability just to have it screwed up by a glitch from sony itself !

 

****ed posted a comment   

This sucks. I only found out about it because I went to play AC3 and got the error message and know it looks like I've lost Iveiw as well as a lot of my game save and I just DL AC3's Bonfire of the Vanities and it's gone to. Obviously they were hoping everyone would drop the "PHAT" console for the new one coming. I suppose I'd be more **** if I was one of those people who paid over a thousand dollars for the first PS3's with the backward compatability just to have it screwed up by a glitch from sony itself !

 

fat girl posted a comment   

is it fixed?

 

Paul posted a comment   

Why is everyone so gullible? Sony isn't doing ANYTHING to fix this and will not. There is no reason for them to, really. The issue was expected to resolve itself after midnight GMT - as other leap year system issues have in the past. And that's what happened. Sony saying "we expect a fix in 24 hours" is Sony trying to not admit that they're just sitting around, waiting, hoping.

 

****ed posted a reply   

Paul is right. Turned on my PS3 about ten minutes ago and it's connecting again.

 

james posted a comment   

common, its only been a day, give them a chance to sort this out.

 

stryker posted a comment   

gotta say sonys handeling throughout this has been so short & disrespectful towards the customer, this whole incident is a result of their incompetance & i hope they hurt from this
im gona go play some snes




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