If you’ve tried to log into PSN late yesterday or this morning, you may have noticed that you can’t, likely due to error 8001050F. In fact, you may also have picked up on that you can’t play most games offline either. If so, you are not alone, but a member of the older PS3 owners suffering through an outage apparently caused by a glitch in the date-keeping system. PS3 Slim owners are free of problems. Leap years, as we may have learned, cannot be processed by the Cell inside the PS3 Phat.
In the meantime, you can play games that do not utilize trophies when offline, but hopping online will basically brick the hardware. Word is that even dev kits are cycling due to the error. Nothing to do now other than wait, and hope Sony finds a fix soon. We’ll update when any answers come in.
Update: Sony has responded to the issues stating a solution will be available within the next 24 hours, and also confirmed this is an issue with the clock. Until then, DO NOT use your phat PS3. PS3 slim users are unaffected and may continue as normal. Their update fails to state what to do if you have already turned the system on and are unable to access paid for movie content, or your trophies have glitched.
Update 2: A fix has been found, although it is not official. If you were unaffected and were not online during this process, simply log in, and select Date and Time, and Set by Internet.
If you were unlucky enough to be online during this fiasco, go to Internet Settings, disable your connection, re-enable your connection, and then set the time via Internet. You will likely have to re-sync your trophies for them to show up.