Sony: stop playing non-slim PS3 models for now

Today Sony confirmed a problem with the PlayStation 3 game console and its clock, with several error messages now being displayed to some unfortunate owners.

The problem was first reported over the weekend, as many gamers headed to support forums and Twitter to report show-stopping errors.  The most frequent error was the 8001050F glitch, with the 80710102 also displayed on affected PS3 units.  Some gamers received errors while other reported they were unable to use their game console at all.

“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,” according to the company’s official Sony blog.

Sony: stop playing non-slim PS3 models for now

The global problem is expected to be fixed in 24 hours, while Sony scrambles to create a patch that will prevent this error.  Along with gamers across North America, Europe and Asia, debug PS3 units for use by game makers also suffered from the lockout.

This scenario has left everyone frustrated, with Sony hoping to keep things calm leading up to the God of War III release on March 16.

These software problems that consoles have faced shows the difficult struggle that manufacturers face when providing continued enhancements and updates to a diverse set of hardware systems. Each console has been hit with some type of issue — which is understandable — but gamers have little patience for issues, especially if it means they’re unable to game.  Game developers, who are under pressure to meet strict deadlines, are also frustrated from this PS3 downtime.