NEW YORK, NY – This past weekend was not a good one for the world of Playstation and Sony!

Sony’s Playstation Network (PSN) went into crisis mode this weekend. The network was logging users out of the service and preventing them from playing online games. The problem didn’t stop there. Users also reported that previously downloaded games could not be played offline and any trophies won in games disappeared from the console.
Sony has said that it is aware of the problem and has continually posted updates on both their PS3 blog and their Twitter stream. The issue, however, seems to only affect the original big PS3s. The PS3 slim has remained unaffected as of now.
Sony is working overtime to have the problem fixed by today. The source of the problem has yet to be revealed however. Anecdotal evidence points to a combination of DRM and firmware issues. The error code many saw was “8001050F – Hardware failure. Cannot update Firmware or connec to Internet.”
Such a message has led many to believe that a firmware bug screwed up the date and/or connectivity, and the gamer’s DRM was thrown into a panic because of it.
“We have narrowed down the issue and have engineers working to restore service. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, and genuinely appreciate your patience while we work to resolve this,” Sony said in a statement.

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