Mysterious glitch disables PlayStation 3 units

1 Mar 2010

A strange glitch rendering PlayStation 3 units inaccessible is impacting owners around the world. Sony has confirmed the problem via Twitter and is struggling to identify its cause.

“We’re aware that many of you are having difficulty connecting to the PlayStation network this evening,” the company said on the PlayStation 3 blog. “Those of you with ‘slim’ PS3s (the 120/250 GB models) appear to be unaffected.”

The problem emerged in the last 24 hours and the single biggest problem with the glitch is it is even affecting users’ ability to play offline, single-player games.

According to various user forums, the problem appears to be related to the system’s internal clock and in particular is affecting older, non-slim gaming consoles.

Only a few reports of Irish consoles being affected have emerged so far. Ireland has the second-highest density of PlayStation games units in the world after Japan.

“Know that we have narrowed down the issue and have engineers working to restore service even as you read this,” the official PlayStation 3 blog reports.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you, and genuinely appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this,” it said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years