Monday, March 1, 2010

PlayStation bug cripples "fat" PS3 models worldwide...

Owners of the older "fat" PlayStation 3 game console are waking up this morning to discover they are no longer able to sign-in to the PlayStation Network, check trophies or access purchased content from the PlayStation Store. It is understood that not only does the error prevent users of Sony's console from going online, but it also prevents gamers from playing some games offline as well - even for consoles not connected to PSN such as debug units. PS3 "fat" consoles are being assigned a random past date preventing users from signing into the PlayStation Network (PSN) or playing any PSN games. Some reports suggest not all PS3 "fat" consoles are affected. According to one post on a forums, the problem could be related to a time and date bug in the console hardware. Some posters speculate there could be a leap year issue that is preventing the consoles from connecting to PSN. If this is the case then it mirrors a similar issue that Microsoft experienced with the original Zune devices in December 2008. Sony officials have confirmed the problems. "We're narrowing down the issue and continue to work to restore service to all. Updates as soon as we have them," said a Sony representative. Sony also said the "slim" units (120/250 GB models) are connecting to PSN normally. The current advice being given to owners of "fat" PlayStation 3s is to keep them turned off until there is news from Sony on a patch or fix for the issue. We'll keep you posted on any developments.

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