PS3 Error 8001050F Fixed

Playstation 3’s every where stopped working starting Sunday when a mysterious “Error: 8001050F” started occurring. The error prevented users from going online, as well as playing certain games offline. It affected all PS3 models except the newer slim PS3. From Sony:

As you may be aware, some customers have been unable to connect to the PlayStation Network today. This problem affects the models other than the new slim PS3.

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

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.

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. 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.

As mentioned above, Please be advised that the new slim PS3 is not affected with this error. We are doing our best to resolve the issue and do apologize for any inconvenience caused.

For the latest status on this situation please check either the PlayStation blog (blog.us.playstation.com) or PlayStation.com.

Embarrassing. Well, apparently the problem was the older model PS3’s thought 2010 was a leap year. Big mistake, computers can’t handle that kind of stuff.

We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model, recognized the year 2010 as a leap year. Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1 (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms are now resolved and that users are able to use their PS3 normally.

If the time displayed on the XMB is still incorrect, users are able to adjust time settings manually or via the internet. If we have new information, we will update you through the PlayStation.Blog or PlayStation.com.

Good news for all PS3 owners out there.

Sony Drops UMD Transfer Program For PSPGo

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Sony has gone on the record and stated that the UMD conversion program for the PSP Go has been scrapped. Kotaku asked a Sony spokesman about the program:

“We were evaluating a UMD conversion program, but due to legal and technical reasons we will not be offering the program at this time.”

The PSPgo has no UMD drive, instead selling games through the online store. Users download and install games onto the PSPGo’s hard drive or removable memory. The system is going to retail for $250.

I don’t get two things:

a) Why wouldn’t they give the system a new name, so as not to confuse people into thinking that PSP games will work on the PSPGo. That will confuse people, not everyone reads video game websites and knows the games won’t work on the system. It’s like buying a DS game, but it won’t work on the DSi…it makes no sense.

b) Why would anyone “upgrade” to the PSPGo, losing the ability to play their current collection of PSP games? And it’s $250! The PSP-3000 is $169…why would you pay $80 MORE to not play any of the games you own? I can’t really think of this happening any other time in the handheld market…yes, the DSi no longer plays GBA games, but the GBA is a dead system, it’s not the same comparison. It would be like if Nintendo made the DSi unable to play DS games, which isn’t the case, because apparently Nintendo is smart enough to realize doing something like that would be a colossal mistake. Sony seems intent on screwing themselves over.

I understand there might be legal reasons as to why they couldn’t do it…but at the very least I wouldn’t put “PSP” in the handhelds name if it can’t play the games.

God of War 3 Demo Included In GoW Collection

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Sony confirmed today that the E3 demo for God of War 3 will be included with the God of War Collection, which is scheduled to be released on November 10. The game will come with a voucher code to download the demo from the PlayStation Network (since it’s not on the disc, that might indicate they plan to release the demo to everyone sometime in the future). The PS3 collection runs $39.99 and seems like a pretty good deal if you haven’t played any of the series, especially with the God of War III demo included.

Sony Announces New Slim PS3 Coming This September

Playstation 3 Slim

Today Sony announced that their rumored PlayStation 3 Slim will be in stores in early September. Kaz Hirai made the annoucment and noted that it will be have all the same features as the current PS3 and comes with a 120 GB drive. The big difference is it’ll be slimmer (obviously), 33% percent smaller and 36% lighter.

The PlayStation 3 Slim will retail for $299 in the U.S. (299 euros, 29980 yen)

The Last Guy

The Last Guy

The Last Guy is a PSN game released yesterday in Japan, and soon to be released in the U.S. In the game you control The Last Guy and rescue citizens in a town overrun by giant insects and monsters. The cities are actually high-res satellite images from Google, which is kind of cool. As it turns out, The Last Guy isn’t the last guy, because he has to save all these other guys.

Anyway, all that doesn’t matter. What does matter is you can go here and play a flash version of the game for free. The cool part is, instead of a high-res Google map image, the game “map” can be any website you want to enter. It will blow your mind, because you’ll be playing the game on this post. It automatically generates walls based on the color differences on the page. It’s kind of hard to explain, just try it. The music is totally awesome, too. And The Last Guy appears to wear a red cape.

[ via The Last Guy ]

Sony’s E3 Conference

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– Resistance 2 – Game play trailer, looks very nice. Fighting a GIANT Leviathan guy that’s bigger then most buildings. Showed another level, Twin Falls, Idaho. Giant battleships, all kinds of gigantic bad things, it looks very cool.

– LittleBigPlanet – Used a level in the game to show sales graphs for Sony, basically. Actually it was really cool, I can’t believe how they did it. Seems like you can create anything in the game.

– Export PS3 videos to Youtube. Called Life With Playstation. Available before the end of the month.

– DC Universe Online – Jim Lee talked about the game. Did one-handed push-ups like Jack Palance. Talked about how, as a kid, he just wanted to read comic books and play videos. We all did Jim, we all did. Talked about how you can be a villain and help the Joker get criminals out of prison to attack the bat cave, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.

– 80 GB PS3, $399.99.

– Showed a number of games: LittleBigPlanet, Motor Storm Pacific Rift, Metal Gear Solid 4, Quantum of Solace, Socom, Ghostbusters, Soul Caliber IV, Resistance 2, The Agency, Naruto, Mirror’s Edge, Resident Evil 5, Singstar, Guitar Hero World Tour, NBA 09 The Inside, Buzz! Quiz TV, Killzone 2.

– God of War III. Trailer looked awesome, but it was short.

– inFamous. Basically, I guy gets like force powers in a modern setting.

– Massive Action Game (MAG). Multiplayer game. Battles of 256 players at one time! Broken into 8 player squads, a command system (character growth, basically). Showed a video…prerendered.

PS2

– Showed a number of games: NCAA, Tiger Woods, Star Wars Unleashed, Warriors Orochi 2, Singstar Pop 2, Yakuza 2, Madden XX Years, Mercenaries 2.

– New bundle, Lego Batman Bundle, Lego Batman and a Justice League movie.

PSN

– Can log in via computer, send messages, see friends.

– Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty. $14.99.

– Showed off a bunch of PSN games: Crash Commando, Fat Princess (looked interesting), Eden (looks sweet), Pain Amusement Park, Flower (looks interesting as well), Siren Blood Curse, Ragdoll Kung Fu.

– Gran Turismo TV. Watch real life races, learn about cars.

– Trophies – Achievements, basically.

– Playstation Home – Say it’s worth the wait, basically. Showed a video. Warhawk room, Uncharted room.

– Video delivery. Can download to PS3, then to PSP. Looked pretty nice. Takes an hour to download a two hour movie. Can download or rent the movie for less. Available tonight.

PSP

– New entertainment pack. October. Ratchet & Clank Size Matters pack. $199.

– Resistance Retribution – 3rd Person Shooter, looked O.K. Spring 2009.

– Brief videos for: Star Wars The Force Unleashed, Madden 09, Loco Roco 2, NBA 09 The Inside, Super Stardust Portable, Lego Batman, Patapon 2, Buzz! Master Quiz, Valkyria Chronicles

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– Buzz to PSP, PS3.

Phil Harrison Resigning From Sony

Phil Harrison, President of SCE Worldwide Studios, will resign on February 29th. I wonder what he did to piss everyone off.

Tokyo, February 25, 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that Phil Harrison, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), will resign from Sony Computer Entertainment Group as of February 29, 2008. Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of SCEI, will immediately assume responsibilities as president of SCE WWS, in addition to his current duties.

Prior to the launch of the original PlayStation, Phil Harrison joined Sony Electronics Publishing, Ltd. in 1992, which later evolved into Sony computer Entertainment Europe, and since then, he has made a tremendous contribution to the company playing a strategic role in the launch of four PlayStation platforms, as well as building strong relationships with game developers and publishers throughout the world. Since his appointment to the position of president, SCE WWS, Harrison applied his considerable skill, knowledge and expertise to lead SCE Group’s first party game development as well as aggressively pursuing the development of new online entertainment experiences.

“As one of the founding members of SCE, Phil played a key role in the development and growth of the PlayStation business and our industry,” said Kazuo Hirai. “It is sad to see him departing from SCE, but I wish to express my gratitude for his many invaluable contributions and also wish Phil the very best of luck in his future endeavors.”

“The past 15 years at Sony Computer Entertainment has been the defining journey of my life so far,” said Phil Harrison. “I am grateful to all the PlayStation family for their incredible support, guidance and friendship. It has been a privilege to serve as part of the team and be inspired by them on a daily basis. I am so proud of everything PlayStation has achieved and will continue to support its future in every way I can.”

Patapon is Totally Awesome

Gametrailers simply described the game as “Part rhythm, part action, Patapon!” That’s pretty much all I got out of the video…I have no idea what’s going on, so I did some research. Developed by Interlink, the creators of LocoRoco, Patapon is being released exclusively for the PSP. The player hits certain button sequences in time to create a rhythm. These button sequences then translate to different actions your army will do on screen. I’m not really sure if your army moves forward on it’s own, then the game prompts you with a sequence of buttons, or if you can enter any sequence of buttons you want, which then translate into “Move forward”, “Attack”, etc.
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PS2 Turned Seven Yesterday, I Forgot

PS2 Turns Seven

The PS2 is going to be soooo pissed at me. Yesterday was it’s birthday, and I didn’t so much as give it a card. October 26th…how could I forgot something important like this? I’m such a jerk.

I can’t believe it was seven years ago the PS2 came out. I remember the first games I got for the system were Twisted Metal Black and Dark Cloud (I didn’t get the PS2 right when it was released). Anyway, 120 million PS2 have shipped since it’s release, and literally billions of games. That’s insane, the amount of money generated is just crazy. I think I’m going to make it up to the PS2 by playing Persona 3, that’s the least I can do.