Sony Warns of PS3 Bug
Sony gave a warning to millions of PlayStation 3 owners on Monday not to use their consoles while they attempted to fix a rather big bug in the software. Many users from around the world had reported experiencing problems on Sunday afternoon, and it only got worse. This may very well have been the biggest problem Sony has had with the PS3 so far.
Well, don’t be alarmed…the problem has been fixed, as reported from owners, but Sony hasn’t officially confirmed it. The company, which has sold more than 30 million PS3 consoles, said that the only version of the system that wasn’t affected by the bug was the newly released slim version. The date on the systems was reset to January 2000 and couldn’t be changed, while players were automatically logged out of the online PlayStation Network and couldn’t play online games. Many of them couldn’t play offline games either.
All of this is said to have been a bug in the system clock, which had the potential to cause a range of errors on the system. Sony posted a warning on their blog to advise gamers not to play the PS3 until the issue was resolved, as newly saved data would not really be saved, nor could it be recovered.
Sony was able to get the systems running normal again rather quickly in comparison to how serious the issue was. It’s likely that millions of users were affected. This problem may be a setback for the company, who has relatively struggled to move units - largely due to its high price tag. However, the PS3 has been found more reliable than Microsoft’s XBOX 360. Personally, neither one have even remotely close to the reliability of the Wii, which has been proven 4 times more reliable than the PS3 and 9 times more reliable than the 360.