PS3’s Day of Doom: PS3s Struck Down in Worldwide Outage


PS3 users the world over are reporting their consoles have been struck down by a mysterious series of bugs, leaving them unable to play games, connect to the PlayStation Network, or access save data.

However, the bug so far seemingly affects only older “fat” units.

A series of severe issues have so far been documented, summarised below:

The bug only affects the pre-Slim models.


The system’s date is reset to 2000/1/1.

The system can no longer connect to the Internet/PSN.

Local trophy data is lost.

Save data is lost.

Many games will no longer run offline or on.

At its most severe the machine will only return “error 8001050F.”

It is not clear whether the data loss is reversible at this stage.

The exact trigger is also unclear – machines have been affected globally, apparently even entirely offline units. Speculation has so far centred on PSN updates or a calendar bug.

Sony has yet to issue any useful comment, though it says it is investigating.

The timing and nature of the bug has naturally also reminded some of the mythical “Sony timer” – how convenient it is that older models largely out of warranty are being broken whilst the PS3 Slim is unaffected and readily available as a replacement, their reasoning runs.

Others have acerbically commented that this is after all what they would expect from a free service.

In any case, it seems Sony has finally caught up with Microsoft in the main area the Xbox 360 still maintained a lead – crippling system defects.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fk year even Sony's trying to HINT HINT tell people not to purchase FFXIII.

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    Comment by SeriouslyWTF
    02:27 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank God I own a xbox 360 also, cause mine went to shit today also. PS3 curse anyone? Oh wait FFXIII is around the corner too, poor PS3 fanboys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft is releasing their data weapons.

    Comment by Takumi
    02:40 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Am I the only lucky person around here? I put my PS3 away while this happened

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope my PS3's still good, turned it on just to see whether it bit the shitter or not but its all good.

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    Comment by Callysto
    03:03 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony said it has pinpointed the problem with its PlayStation Network that has kept some PlayStation 3 users from playing games on or offline.

    A blog posting on the PlayStation blog said Sony officials have identified the cause as a bug in the clock functionality incorporated into the PS3. They said it affects models older than the newest slim PS3.

    A variety of error messages and problems have cropped up including:

    • 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 videos downloaded from the PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

    Sony said it hopes to have the problem resolved in the next 24 hours, but is warning people with the older units not to use their PS3s. Officials said those who try to use their consoles may have problems with trophies and not being able to restore certain data.

    Sony said there were more than 40 million users in its PlayStation Network as of last month. There's been no word on how many have been impacted by the error.

    CNN has asked Sony representatives for updates. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear from them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mann, I thought I was the only one having this problem when I called tech support. My PS3 is a brand new one that I bought this January. I can't access anything that I saved??? Hopefully this is resolved by the end of the day when I come back from classes... D=

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    Comment by TriggerPulse
    02:12 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Finally, an explanation.

    This happened last night. I was in the middle of playing White Knight Chronicles and my friend came over and wanted to play Killzone 2. I saved, signed out and noticed my Dynamic Theme wasn't working- it was just a white background. I tried to change it back and nearly all of my themes were 'Corrupt Data.' Everything else was fine but I couldn't connect on my PS3 account no matter what.

    I better be reimbursed for this. :/

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by Myballz
    03:08 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good buy Fat PS3 hello Slim PS3, It looks like PS3 fans are going to replace there systems just like every Xbox 360 fans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think sony wants more sales of ps3 slims to replace ps3 fats. from what i saw ps3 still costing sony more money than they get for sales. for sony the best things is for you to buy more games and blurays.

    so in the end this actually is a no win; they sell more ps3s for a loss or people just abandon ps3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, oh wow. I'd love to see how PS3 elitist fanboys who mock Xbox for RROD react.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol i know right since the PS3 is gonna fix it by itslef like the xbox O WAIT

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a fat ps3 bought in june 2009 and its working fine,

    guess I'm lucky

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    Comment by Ephemeral Style
    04:09 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My PS3 is fine and my 360 has never had a RROD.


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My PS3 is dead... and i die too... (x-\\\)

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    Comment by Ero-Sennin
    03:16 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll stick with my PC gaming. Consoles are more and more trying to emulate their capabilities anyway. And in my experience, better warranties on the hardware and longer lifespan make PC gaming and entertainment the way to go for me.

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    Comment by Erosmith
    03:28 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Make sure that it's not condensation. PlayStation owners can test this by placing a ShamWow over the game controller while you suck on the other end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lost my fucking Bioshock save data AGAIN! First my friend accidentally saved over it with a new game, then this shit happens and my data is "corrupted." FFFFFFFUCK!

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    Comment by Fonzer
    00:47 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sony says fuck you to 8001050 users

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know, all my previous generation consoles still work. This is the most shoddy and expensive generation of gaming consoles ever. Not a great time to be a gamer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if it's a clock/timezone math thing... my time has never worked correctly, it reports time in my timezone wrong, and that with the "update online" for the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Programmed suicide dates are a form of corporate cyber terrorism for profit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mine still works ... for now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was playing White Knight Chronicles IE until about 1:30 AM, and it was fine right to shutdown. Hope it doesn't keel over >< my last backup was around...a few months ago? OTL

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    Comment by Melforc3r
    00:35 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just play inFamous, no problems here... and mine's the fat 80GB model... the one without any PS2 emulation. I know i had problems signing in, but it doesn't seem like i have problems playing games with trophies....

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Waiting for mine's to happen.......wonder when?

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    01:01 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh...And here I was hoping to hunt some Category-G Akrid with back-stabbing Japanese snow-pirates...

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    Comment by shiroki
    01:11 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The date on my 60gb PS3 got screwed too but my trophies are still there. Not too willing to try and log on to PSN or run any games for now though.

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    Comment by Callysto
    01:50 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why don't you just use your best buy warranties or whatever take it back and get a new model?

    They will hand you a new one right off the shelf.

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    Comment by onitake
    02:02 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's sony's answer to the geohot hack!

    "we don't want you to hack your (classic) ps3s, so we conveniently disabled them for you! please buy a (unhackable) slim ps3!"

    thank you appl... er i mean sony.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stupid question...

    When I turned my ps3 on I had a changed date.

    I changed it from 1999 to todays date 2010.

    Does that mean that when the fix comes in tomorrow my system is messed up?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you guys cannot live ONE day whitout PS?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:40 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    shet bthis is bad i got it also i hope my Star Ocean 4 is safe

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right now im on my 80 gig PS3. I was unable to sign into PSN yesterday and aslo got the error but, today i logged on fine and im on PSN right now and typing this right from my PS3. So idk if its luck or if i will get it soon.

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    Comment by nocturne
    09:14 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Planned obsolescence, anyone?

    Comment by Dark Mage
    10:05 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since it seems to be mostly an OS issue Sony should fix the effected units.
    It should be very cheap to do so vs fixing a bad BGA which was the Xbox's problem and would make for good some PR for the money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whats is up with not being able to play offline for the game you bought. That pisses me off. WTH!!!

    Can't play because it can't load some trophies. >:(

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    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You expect this shit from Microsoft, not Sony. I haven't turn my PS3 in a month and will definitely not do so now. I personally feel bad for the Japanese right now. They're still reeling from the lost decade, NEETs and hikikimoris are everywhere, they have rapidly aging population, birth rates and marriage rates are down, Japanese as a people are a dying race, their economy is the toilet, Toyota, the epitome of Japan Incorporated, got grilled by Washington bureaucrats, and Australian anti-whaling terrorists are attacking their shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's not forget that they got hit by a tsunamai.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    08:22 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wasn't it an earthquake?

    Also, I don't follow Anon's comment. What does Japanese demise have to do with the PS3? You mean that this is a proof that their systems aren't any more reliable and/or well-manufactured than American ones or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I shall post my face from having a 360: :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)




    Comment by Anonymous
    15:39 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hum.... I've had my PS3 on and connected and so far I've hadn't had any problems, nor has any of my friends. o: Maybe it isn't so large of a problem than you think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 28/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'm able to discover many good answers basically have any trouble! buy wow gold

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:55 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmm...I have a pre-slim model and I haven't had any problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno about you, but it seems kinda fishy that this bug suddendly came up after the fat ps3's have been out for so long.. and in the press release they mention the slims.. Maybe sony did this on purpose so people gotta buy the newer models. Reason I think like this is because the bug starts once you try to access PSN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:22 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Got that error code yesterday as well. So far, I haven't lost anything, but I can't connect to PSN at all. I'm not even going to turn my PS3 on until I hear it's safe...

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    Comment by savantique
    13:38 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad I waited before getting a 360 (better chip set) and I'm really glad I didn't already invest in a fat PS3 even though I wanted to get one.

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