Sony hopes to fix the PlayStation 3-stalling 8001050F error in a day. But, if you have a fat PS3, do not use it for 24 hours. The news came in Sony's first comprehensive statement about the error plaguing PS3s worldwide.
Today's statement came from Sony Computer Entertainment of America spokesman Patrick Seybold, who told Kotaku yesterday that Sony was on the case. The company's engineers in Japan and elsewhere are trying to resolve a problem that has left PS3s around the world in an unusable state. Original theories that this only affected online-connected consoles, has been disproven.
As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.
We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.
* 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.
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.
As mentioned above, Please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologize for any inconvenience caused.
For the latest status on this situation please check either the PlayStation blog (blog.us.playstation.com) or PlayStation.com.
One possible fix suggested by some gamers has been a manipulation of the console's battery. Seybold could not confirm to Kotaku that this works and said that opening the PS3's shell would void the machine's warranty.
We will have more on this major story as it develops.
UPDATE 4:30pm Mountain Time: Kotaku readers and staffers whose PS3s were afflicted with this bug are reporting that their systems are working properly again.
UPDATE 2: Sony says the problem was that the older PS3s thought 2010 was a leap year. An explanation on how to do a manual fix, if things haven't corrected themselves by now.