Monday, March 1, 2010

Playstation D-Day

Y2K has officially struck, ten years too late and exclusively to owners of the old fat Playstation 3 systems. Due to an internal clock malfunction, the systems OS tried to reset the date to a non-existent February 29th, causing the system to go haywire and stop functioning properly. The Playstation 3 has eight 128-bit vector based SPE processors, each with 256KB static RAM, and a 3.2-GHz PowerPC core microprocessor.... and it got confused because of the date! How awesome is that!

The error code 8001050F ... which is being referenced as everything from APPOCOLYPS3 to "Doc Brown'ed" resets the systems internal date to 1999 and brings about a tirade of problems here is the official list according to Sony:

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

Simply resetting the systems date will not solve the problem, neither will disconnecting it from the internet. Even though the error appears to deal with the PSN and Trophy Support, it is in-fact an internal hardware issue. Which means everyone is effected by this one. Including that guy in Portugal with his PS3 hooked up via RF switch to a 13" Sylvania TV set.

My PS3 has been Doc Brown'ed and I'm currently unable to access my PSX downloads, my copy of Marvel vs. Capcom 2... though strangely the Heavy Rain Demo still functions. I tried to boot a copy of Resident Evil 5 and was promptly kicked out of the game. Uncharted 2, however booted up just fine.

This brings up an interesting question, Error 8001050F fundamentally deals with the system being unable to preform a Trophy Sync / System Check upon insertion of a disc, so it kicks you back out to the main screen. What I don't understand is why the system simply doesn't by-pass the Sync and boot the game. I wonder if it's some sort of copy protection on the part of Sony?

Anyhow... quite frankly I think the whole ordeal is interesting and honestly kind of fun. Reading everyones reactions is fucking phenomenal ... it's like the world has came to an end because the PS3 won't boot various games for a day or so. Who cares guys. I've got like seventeen other systems to play games on. I'll just boot up my Dreamcast or play some GEX over on the 3DO to pass the time until I can get back to fragging people via MAG.