Sometime yesterday the PlayStation Network became inaccessible for owners of older model PS3s. Those with the updated slim model appear to be in the clear. So what went wrong? According to Sony, the problem’s root cause appears to be a bug in the clock.
If you haven’t fired up your PS3 in the last 24 hours, Sony suggests you keep it off until the issue is resolved. Known errors include:
• 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.