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Oops! PS3’s Suffering from Global Lockdown!

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Oh dear – something’s gone horribly wrong. All around the world, users are reporting issues with their PS3’s not working as they should – with a bug of some sort that’s preventing consoles not only from signing on to the PSN, but from playing some games offline as well.

People are saying that they’re unable to sign into their accounts, check trophies, use dynamic themes or access the PlayStation Network.

When trying to play games online – and some games offline- users are being greeted with an error message, und ultimately a console reboot. Affecting mostly older consoles, the issue so far appears to be a calendar bug, as many people are complaining of their calendars being reset.

Sony are aware of the problem, and are currently looking in to it – but the fine folks ate NeoGAF are warning people not to turn on their pre-slim ps3’s in the meantime.

From NeoGAF :

Does this affect me?
-If you have a Slim PS3, you’re good to go. Continue playing it as normal.
-If you have a "fat" PS3, you may be affected. Some fat PS3s have worked ok, but it seems a good majority have been bugged.
What does this bug mean?
-If affected, your date and time has been set to a random past date. This prevents you from signing into PSN, playing any PSN games, or using any DLC. Your trophies will also not display correctly or be able to sync.
How do I fix it?
-You can’t. Even if you don’t sign into PSN, it won’t help. This is a hardware issue.
So, what do I do?
-Wait 24 hours. Other products that have had similar bugs have corrected themselves after the "bugged" day. On Monday around 6pm central time, all PS3s will automatically correct themselves…maybe.
-If that doesn’t work, we’ll need a firmware update from Sony, which should be a pretty important priority for them right now.
Did I lose my data/themes/etc?
Your save data/games/dlc/themes are fine. They’ll be fixed when the PS3 is fixed. Trophies are uncertain right now, but they’ll be fine if you’ve synced them before the PS3 was bugged. Unsynced trophies are an unknown right now.
If I have a bugged PS3, can I still use it?
It’s probably not a good idea, as I have no idea what will happen to the trophies you earn during the bugged time. Movies/media will work fine.
So there ya go, my handy FAQ.

The Playstation 3. It only does nothing.

Source : NeoGAF

Last Updated: March 1, 2010


  1. spl0it

    March 1, 2010 at 10:41

    I suspect a Denial of Service attack from those no good Xbots


  2. Al360

    March 1, 2010 at 11:02

    well so far i got a slim and is all good on my side
    so issues and gonna play god of war 3 demo when i get home tonight i can’t wait :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:


  3. Darkling

    March 1, 2010 at 11:02

    This is the reason why I sold this inferior console


    • Fox1

      March 1, 2010 at 11:06

      And you knew all along? :biggrin:


      • Darkling

        March 1, 2010 at 11:21

        The end was inevitable. :ninja:


  4. Al360

    March 1, 2010 at 11:05

    personal opinion i actually have a better time on ps3 than i do on xbox (live incl) and i think its mainly down to the awsome psn community compared to the xbox community


    • WitWolfyZA

      March 1, 2010 at 11:27

      I agree, just sucks that the headsets dont register 50% of the time. id say something and 20 seconds later it will show my mic go on… weird really


      • SlippyMadFrog

        March 1, 2010 at 12:55

        It’s your mic, replace it.


    • SlippyMadFrog

      March 1, 2010 at 12:57

      Strange, my experiences are exactly the opposite.


  5. Fox1

    March 1, 2010 at 11:10

    I thought this was the most future-proof of the 3 consoles :tongue:


  6. WitWolfyZA

    March 1, 2010 at 11:25

    Crap happens i guess.. its a good thing i synced my trophies last night 😛 They’ll probably sort it out in 3 days max. Atleast i can still surf the net so it aint a total loss


    • RSA-Ace

      March 1, 2010 at 11:27

      They said fix will be out in the morning (USA time) – so <10 hours.


  7. RSA-Ace

    March 1, 2010 at 11:25

    There is a fix for the really desperate who can’t wait for the fix (which is expected in the next few hours).

    If you open up the console and remove the RTC battery for a couple minutes. When you start the console everything should be fine – just set it to 1st of March.


  8. Al360

    March 1, 2010 at 11:29

    is there no warranty seal on the console?


  9. evilredzombie

    March 1, 2010 at 12:34

    Ok so of the local SA guys who has thiS and on what model phat ?


  10. Nick de Bruyne

    March 1, 2010 at 12:53

    Ive got a fat-ass PS3 and I had no issues when I was using it late last night. I still don’t understand why trophies have to be synched… :pinch:


  11. M@GE

    March 1, 2010 at 14:40

    Hmmm. Has the Playstation 3 surrendered? Has he given up? Is he letting Xbox just win like that? R.I.P



  12. AlKi

    March 1, 2010 at 15:31

    Well it just happend with my fat ps3.and i think its the update that comes with heavy rain.coz i got the game yesterday and i had to update coz im not even connected to psn.so that must be the prob..another thing i noticed yesterday wos that sometime when the game loaded it took ages to the point where i thought the game freezed up….thank goodness i finnished the game yesterday..!!!!


    • Nick de Bruyne

      March 1, 2010 at 15:39

      I played it with and without the update last week and nothing happened to me, I’m afraid to go and switch the console on lol


    • RSA-Ace

      March 1, 2010 at 16:02

      It has nothing to do with the heavy rain update.

      It’s to do with leap years. I think I read that it was 12 GMT on 1st of March that triggered it.


      • Geoff

        March 1, 2010 at 16:10

        Indeed. All signs point to it being an internal system clock/calendar issue. if that’s the case, it should be fine tomorrow.

        Just forgo playing on your PS3 tonight.

        Remember, PS3 Slims are unaffected.


  13. Darkling

    March 1, 2010 at 16:13

    I’ts Y2K10!

    What will happen if I jam Ps3 tonight? Luckily I have a xbox for my fix then.


  14. ewie

    March 1, 2010 at 16:26

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