UPDATE: Everyone can start coming out of the bunker now. No official word has been put forth by Sony but it appears that PS3 systems affected by this bug are beginning to work again. No patch or firmware upgrade was needed. If your PS3 has suffered from this bug leave a comment telling us of your ordeal and if it started working again for you.
ORIGINAL STORY: For a day now PSN, the Playstation Network, has been of the fritz; throwing the error 8001050F and telling PS3 owners that they have been signed out of PSN. However, if you own a model older than the new PS3 slim Song has advised that you don’t even turn it on.
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.
Some of the problems encountered include:
-The date being reset to Jan 1, 2000
-Loss of trophies (this is the worst from what I’ve seen)
-Not being able to play games rented from PSN before their due dates
We’ll keep you updated but as Sony says, they are working on the problem.
I have disconnected my PS3 from it’s network so-as not to encounter any of these issues, but without PSN what use is a PS3? Here’s to hoping for a quick solution.