PlayStation Network In Leap-Year Meltdown

March 1, 2010 by Ivan Cronyn  


Sony’s PlayStation network has gone into meltdown after a bug left thousands of consoles unplayable. Owners of PS3 consoles are tweeting they can’t play PS3 Originals and that the Play Station online network is down. Some users are reporting they cannot load games with “Trophies” or play Premium Themes. Others are reporting their Trophy data and high scores have been wiped. When they attempt to log-on, gamers are reporting the following error:

“8001050F – Hardware failure. Cannot update Firmware or connect to internet”.

Some users also claim they are unable to play games previously downloaded from the network.

Since offline systems are affected, it is suggested a firmware error could be to blame rather than a network error. There are rumours it has been caused by a leap-year miscalculation, as the fault emerged overnight as February rolled into March. Many PS3 owners are reporting their console clocks have reset to December 31, 1999 or January 1, 2000.

Sony is keeping users updated via Twitter. They advise: “We’re narrowing down the issue and continue to work to restore service to all. Updates as soon as we have them. Stay tuned”.

David Wilson from Sony UK said:

“We’re working flat-out to fix the problem. We’ve got guys here working on things and our Japanese team have been working through the night to get this sorted. I’d advise users to be patient until we can get the problem solved. Those affected can still use their machines for offline play or other functionality that doesn’t require network access.”


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