It’s the clock. If you have a fat Playstation, stay off of it! Sony just released this statement-

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.

Errors include:
* 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.

Sony’s fucked up something.

Turn on your PS3 now, and you’ll find out something terrifying. You’re no longer able to access the internet, and worse than that- it’s not even allowing you to play offline games. I’ve checked it with a ton of my games and every single one got stuck upon trying to load trophies, giving you a message to turn off the console and reboot, rednering the game unplayable. Not even friggin’ Grandia is working! The worst part- this is affecting consoles worldwide, with developers even reporting that their dev kits have been affected. Apparently slim consoles are free of this nightmare, however.

No one apparently knows what the cause is- messed up leap year programming on the console, hackers, Xbox 360 fanboys finally getting their wishes answered- not even Sony knows. But you can bet they’re scrambling to find a fix this very second, and hopefully it will all be cleared up soon. Keep an eye on their Twitter account, where they’ll apparently announce developments as they come. Although there hasn’t been an update in 12 hours.

But don’t be afraid if you try to boot up Heavy Rain and it doesn’t work- it’s not you, it’s them.