The PlayStation Network is currently experiencing issues. The infamous “8001050F” error code is preventing user’s from signing in and it’s also effecting trophy based games. For those with the new PlayStation slim, you will not have an issue. Most problems are reported by older PS3 owners, 20GB, 40GB, 80GB versions and not the PS3 Slim
. Sony is working on the problem and does not have an estimate on when the problem will be fixed.
Here is the error message:
8001050F – Hardware failure. Cannot update Firmware or connect to Internet
Games in particular that are seeing problems are Heavy Rain. It seems the game reboots the console upon starting up the game. While I know this may be frustrating, we’ll keep you updated on when the PSN will be back up and running.
Here is the latest message from Sony’s PlayStation’s Twitter:
We’re aware that many of you are having problems connecting to PSN, and yes, we’re looking into it. Stay tuned for updates.
PSN status update: We’re narrowing down the issue and continue to work to restore service to all. Updates as soon as we have them.
PSN status update (part 2): Readers/followers are confirming that “slim” units (120/250 GB models) are connecting normally.
UPDATE 1 (5:45pm EDT): PlayStation Network is still down. Sony also advises to stay off the PS3 since the game data and trophies may be affected.
* 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 play back 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.
UPDATE 2 (6:23pm EDT): Leap Year is apparently causing the problem. Read about it here.
UPDATE 3 (6:50pm EDT): Great News! PSN is back up and running. No official word from Sony.