Sony is advising owners of older PlayStation 3 consoles to stop using their systems as they work to solve a significant glitch.
According to the latest update on the official PlayStation blog, the PS3 clock seems to be the culprit for widespread system errors.
“We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system,” says Patrick Seybold, Sony’s senior director of corporate communications, in the blog post.
Among errors PS3 users may spot: trouble logging into the PSN, the date of the PS3 reset to January 1, 2000, missing trophy data and offline games forced to shut down because trophies fail to install.
Seybold says owners of the slimmer PS3 models released last September should not be affected by the errors, and promises a fix for owners of older PS3 consoles “within the next 24 hours.