Tuesday, 02 March 2010 13:23

PlayStation 3 crisis averted

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Move along, nothing to see here, everything is fine.  The great ApocolyPS3 of 2010 has been fixed, Sony solving the date processing issue that was causing errors on older PlayStation 3 consoles.

It began as an issue with synchronising Trophy data with the PlayStation Network, and seemed localised to older model (pre 2009 Slim) PlayStation 3's.

This affected both online connected as well as offline PS3's, it soon became apparent the cause was an issue with synching of date stamps between processors.  Older model PS3's believing the date to be Feb 29th instead of March 1st.

The desynchronising causing issues with Trophies (the in-game award system) and connecting to the PlayStation Network. 

The errors included:
* 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 play back certain rental video downloaded from the
PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

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With the clock ticking past midnight GMT, Sony has now announced that PSN service has been restored.  According to the official PlayStation Blog:

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.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

And so passes the great PS3 ApocolyPS3 of 2010, will you remember where you were at the time, to tell your kids?
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Having failed to grow up Bantick continues to pursue his childish passions for creative writing, interactive entertainment and showing-off through adulthood. In 1994 Bantick began doing radio at Melbourne’s 102.7 3RRRFM, in 1997 transferring to become a core member of the technology show Byte Into It. In 2003 he wrote briefly for the The Age newspaper’s Green Guide, providing video game reviews. In 2004 Bantick wrote the news section of PC GameZone magazine. Since 2006 Bantick has provided gaming and tech lifestyle stories for iTWire.com, including interviews and opinion in the RadioactivIT section.

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