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Tens of millions of PlayStation 3s disabled by bug [updated]

PS3Wonder if they picked up a book instead.

Video gamers were forced to put down their joysticks Sunday as tens of millions of Sony PlayStation 3s were hit by a bug in the console's clock that prevented owners from playing certain games or connecting to the Internet. The problem is apparently caused by the device's internal clock, which for unknown reasons on Feb. 28 changed to Dec. 31, 1999.

The calendar error prevented users from playing any game downloaded from the Internet or certain recent releases on discs, including Atlus Entertainment's fantasy action game Demon's Souls and Sony's own recently released noir game Heavy Rain.

In addition, PS3 owners can't connect to the Internet to compete against other players online or to download movies and television shows.

In a blog post that went up today, a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesman warned that the problem may effect any PS3 sold before a new "slim" version launched in September. As of June, the last date before September for which the Japanese electronics giant reported financial information, it has sold 23.8 million PS3s around the world.

The Sony blog advised owners of any PS3 except the new "slim" version not to use the device and said the company hopes to have a fix within 24 hours.

Sony's video game console (which is also the world's bestselling Blu-ray player) has previously had a much stronger quality record than its primary competitor. Microsoft has had to replace millions of faulty units of its Xbox 360 at a cost of more than $1 billion.

No word if gamers have decided that as they can't play they might as well party like it's 1999.

[Update, 6:10 p.m.: Sony reported in a recent blog post that the problem has been corrected. Several users have reported that their previously unusable Playstation 3's can now access the Internet.]

--Ben Fritz

Photo: A PlayStation 3. Credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi / Bloomberg.

Comments () | Archives (13)

Problem is fixed now


Just manually correct the time and date, that seemed to fix my PS3.

A little y2k bug coming back??? haha j/k..lol....probally just something sony didnt see while making a billion of them ps3s

I fixed it by manually setting the clock back to normal via the internet through the one of the date/time options and restarting the ps3. I was able to play online again.

In a blog post that went up today, a Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesman warned that the problem may effect any PS3 sold before a new "slim" version launched in September

that's "affect", dummies

What's a joystick?

Playstation Network is now back up and running in UK

Theyre working again,

This is disinformation. I have an older model PS3 and since playing this morning, I've had zero problems with any game, the system's internal clock or logging onto the internet. This article was probably written by someone on Microsoft's payroll.

Why isn't this front page news? Life without video games? What will we do?

D L SERVICES INC believes that Sony will have a resolution soon for this issue.

As for the recent PS3 problem . . . what a nice break!!!


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