A bug afflicting original 60GB PS3 models has reportedly rendered a number of titles unplayable on the system.
Many owners of the original PS3 model are also suffering a complete PlayStation Network blackout, Sony has acknowledged.
Numerous PS3 owners have visited internet forums to complain of a wave of ‘8001050F’ error codes over the past day. They claim that they are unable to connect to the PSN and that offline games that synchronise trophies are failing to load.
Users have also reported that PS3 clocks have been resetting to 12/31/1999. Internet speculation suggests that a calendar bug may be to blame for the problems.
“We’re aware that many of you are having difficulty connecting to the PlayStation Network this evening. Those of you with “slim” PS3s (the 120/250 GB models) appear to be unaffected.
“Know that we have narrowed down the issue and have engineers working to restore service even as you read this. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you, and genuinely appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this.”