PS3/PSN Problems Make People Cry

Bumbling irresponsibility, horrible math, and overall stupidity come to mind

Unless you’ve been living under a video-game rock, original PS3 owners (think “fat”) are experiencing all sorts of problems with their console in what appears to be due to an internal clock bug. My guess is that the system goes all bung-holio because the people at Sony don’t know how to do calendar math. Oh wait, they knew how to do it on the newer systems but didn’t really stop to bother with the older ones. My guess is a firmware fix would work. Problem: the PS3 fats cannot connect to the PSN to get it. What’s Sony’s solution?

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.

I see what you did there.

Wait 24 hours for the day to go through the cycle and it works. Brilliant. Reminds me of the Zune fiasco.  In the meantime, no games, no Netflix, no media center, no nothing.

This, of course, affects our system at home. Ironically, since getting rid of our satellite, the PS3 has been our go-to media device. We don’t use it everyday, but Mondays are the days we use it the most. I guess not today. A couple of things:

  • I’m amazed that in 2010, a rather large company that has a computer division cannot due simple calendar math.
  • I’m amazed that many PS3 games will not work because they cannot check in to the PSN for various reasons. Want to play some Heavy Rain? Forget it.  (What do offline people do? )
  • We’ll see how Sony responds to this “outage.”
  • At least PS3 users don’t have to pay for their downtime. (Zing?)

It’s for the last reason alone that I’m not royally ticked, just mildly annoyed. Shame on them for allowing something so simple to happen, and shame on them for having so many handshakes for games and movies with their service.

Epic.

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