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PS3 Problem (8001050F) Seems To Be Fixed -- Try Your PS3!
Monday morning, Sony confirmed this to be the case. “We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system,” said Sony spokesperson Patrick Seybold in a statement emailed to media and posted on the company’s blog.
The bug only affects the early models of PlayStation 3 — Sony says that the “slim” model released in late 2009 is not affected. This is slim consolation since that means that the people affected the most are Sony’s most loyal customers, the early adopters.
Everyone’s PlayStation 3 retains limited functionality — games that aren’t pinging the clock on startup will work. But Sony is advising all owners of early-model PS3s to not use their consoles until the bug is fixed, because the clock’s issues could cause problems with saved game data or Trophies.
Sony said Monday that it hoped to fix the issue “within 24 hours.”
Then again, the same users that first theorized that the internal clock was the culprit have said that the issue could fix itself within 24 hours — specifically, at midnight GMT, when the clock rolls over to tomorrow’s date.
Per Sony's PlayStation Twitter account:
"We're aware that many of you are having problems connecting to PSN, and yes, we're looking into it. Stay tuned for updates."
"PSN status update: We're narrowing down the issue and continue to work to restore service to all. Updates as soon as we have them."
"PSN status update (part 2): Readers/followers are confirming that "slim" units (120/250 GB models) are connecting normally."
"Here's the latest info on PlayStation Network's status: http://bit.ly/cZQKpn" (Sony recommends you avoid using your PS3 until this error is fixed, and they hope to have a resolution in 24 hours.)
One popular forum theory suggests this problem will fix itself on March 2nd at midnight GMT, which occurs at 2 PM Pacific, 4 PM Central, 5 PM Eastern. We'll see!
If your games are quitting with an error message regarding trophy information, or you cannot connect to PSN, and your PS3 is one of the older "fat" models (not a slim 120 or 250 GB model) then you have been affected by this problem.
Unconfirmed reports say this is apparently due to a Zune-like system clock bug, which apparently even affects users who have never connected their PS3's to PSN. Sony is working on the problem, but since a rushed update that bricks PS3 would be far worse then the current situation, please understand the solution will take some time.
(New topic cleared with Echo first. I don't know if it deserves a temporary sticky or not, but please feel free to mod edit this OP as necessary.)
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