Both online and offline gameplay is affected for some titles, Sony is looking into it
The bad news is that owners of older Playstation 3 units may find themselves unable to play a variety of games due to a bug in the console firmware or software. The good news is that Sony is on top of the problem and working towards a solution.
Jeff Rubenstein, Sony's Social Media Manager posted an official blog yesterday night, stating:
We’re aware that many of you are having difficulty connecting to the PlayStation Network this evening. Those of you with “slim” PS3s (the 120/250 GB models) appear to be unaffected.
Know that we have narrowed down the issue and have engineers working to restore service even as you read this. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and genuinely appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this.
In the meantime, you may want to follow our Twitter account for the latest updates.
The latest Twitter updates from Sony say that the new "Slim" models are not affected -- that the problem is only impacting older units.
The problem was first noticed over the weekend when gamers worldwide became unable to sign into their accounts, check their trophies, use dynamic themes, or access the PlayStation Network. Games that use dynamic trophy support like Heavy Rain and PSN games like "Flower" are reportedly unplayable offline as well. Trying to load the game generates an error message which then returns the user to the console's main menu screen.
Those who have not connected their consoles to the internet may be able to temporarily safeguard themselves by keeping their consoles offline until a fix is reached.
Even game developers were affected by the bug. According to Kotaku, among the first sources to report on the problems, debug consoles are having the same sort of issues affecting consumer consoles.
Updated 3/1/10 @ 1:34 pm
Sony has provided more details on what appears to be a problem with the PS3's internal clock. Sony issues this warning:
We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.
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