Apparently users of the Sony PS3 are the victims of a bad update which are causing problems for those trying to log on to the network. Sony is advising users not to use their units until a fix becomes available. Newer PS3 Slim units are not affected. So what happened? It seems a flawed software update is being blamed which cause the following errors:

According to Sony, errors include:

  • 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 playback certain rental video downloaded from the PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

So until Sony comes up with a new fix, users should avoid the network. It is also unclear exactly how Sony is going to provide the fix for users.

Sony said it would take about 24 hours for a fix to be issued.

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