Sony Warns PS3 Users Not to Play System
March 2, 2010
Sony warned millions of PlayStation 3 owners not to use their consoles on Monday while they tried to fix a huge bug in the software that started affecting consoles worldwide on Sunday afternoon. The group said that the newest slim version of the system didn’t appear to be having a problem. It seems that the problem was fixed sometime on Monday, but Sony didn’t officially confirm that they fixed whatever it was.
On the older versions of the PS3, the systems were frozen and crashed. The date on the consoles was reset to January 2000 and it couldn’t be changed. Players were immediately logged out of the online PlayStation Network when they turned on their systems. Gamers weren’t able to play offline games either.
These were all problems that the company believed was due to a bug in the system clock that could cause many possible errors. While they were fixing the issue, Sony advised gamers on their blog not to play the system until the problem was solved, which they hoped would be in only 24 hours. They noted that the bug could cause online trophies obtained to not be recorded, and this data couldn’t be restored.
This was the biggest problem reported for the PS3 so far and could be a setback. The system has sold more than 30 million units worldwide, but due to the high price tag, it has struggled in sales compared to the Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360. It wasn’t until August of last year that sales boosted slightly after they released the new slim version and cut the price to $299. One good thing that Sony has going for them, though, is the fact that the PlayStation 3 has been more reliable than the XBOX 360.