According to multiple reports, the Sony PlayStation Network has been down for some PlayStation 3 owners for at least 16 hours, making it impossible for them to access the video game and movie download service, or even to play some games while offline. The PlayStation Twitter account and PlayStation Blog both report the issue and say that Sony has narrowed down the issue and is working to resolve it.
The Sony PlayStation Network was launched in 2006 as a way for gamers to download new games or add-ons to their PS3, but recently the company has pushed it as a way for PS3 owners to watch movies and TV shows on their gaming consoles. Furthermore, Sony announced plans earlier this year to open up the PlayStation network to other products, such as Bravia TVs and Sony PCs.
Users that try to log in to the service see a blank screen and the message “Error 8001050F.” According to the NY Times Gadgetwise blog, the glitch seems to have occurred when the clock switched from Feb. 28 to March 1, and appears to have caused the date on some PS3 consoles to reset to Jan. 1, 2000. Sony reports that it believes the issue is related to some clock functionality built into the system, and says that it hopes to have service restored within the next 24 hours.
Not all PS3 consoles are affected by the glitch, according to the official PlayStation blog; it appears that recently sold “slim” PS3s (the 120/250 GB models) continue to connect to the service just fine. In a more recent update to the PlayStation blog, Sony advises users to not use their PS3s until the service has been restored, as they might lose some functionality or data.
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