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Bug Affecting PS3s



By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 01 Mar 2010


A glitch in older models of the PlayStation 3 is keeping some console owners off Sony’s online PlayStation Network and could result in the loss of data if owners keep using their machines, the company said March 1.

Sony Corp. is advising PlayStation 3 owners to not use their consoles until the problem is fixed.

“We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system,” the company wrote on its PlayStation blog. “This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.”

The glitch causes the date of some PS3 systems to reset to Jan. 1, 2000, prevents users from logging on to the PlayStation Network, and keeps gamers from launching their game trophy data. Additionally, the glitch is preventing the playback of some rental video downloaded from the PlayStation Store.

“We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours,” Sony said. “In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.”

The problem first affected PlayStation 3 owners Feb. 28.

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