Global PlayStation Glitch; Many Games Unplayable


Posted March 1, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

Sony PlayStation 3

[Update 9:30 AM:] On its official PlayStation Blog, Sony posted that the "problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system" and advises users of pre-Slim PlayStation 3 consoles to not use their systems "as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data." Sony also said: "We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours."

The PlayStation 3 is impossibly glitched-- everyone panic! Apparently, the entire globe is affected, and any game that requires online in order to work is unplayable. The error even affects your system if you haven't signed in to the PSN.

Here's what we know so far:

  • According to internet reports, Newer games can't even  be played offline.
  • PS3s are reportedly affected even if users don't sign on to the PlayStation Network.
  • Some aspects of the PlayStation Network are still up, including browsing demoes, updating your system and using the PS3 Web browser.
  • The glitch only affects older PlayStation "Fats." According to Sony, the PlayStation Slim, for whatever reason, still works fine.
  • The glitch could be internal/hardware related, a clock/calendar issue of some kind. 
  • Alternatively, some are pointing toward the trophy system as the culprit -- some are reporting that non-trophy games still work with the system.
  • There is no fix, yet -- resetting your system clock isn't going to work, nor is anything else we've heard of.

Sony says they're working on the issue, tweeting:

"We're narrowing down the issue and continue to work to restore service to all. Updates as soon as we have them."


"Rest assured, we've many people working on fixing this issue. As soon as we have some news, we'll let you know."

For now, just sit tight. More info as it becomes available.

Global PlayStation Glitch; Many Games Unplayable


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