A bug in the original PlayStation 3 models has left the systems unable to access the PlayStation Network. The issue surfaced last night, suggesting that the problem is related to a calendar bug. Sony quickly issued a statement addressing the widespread outage.
"We have found out that some users are experiencing a network connection failure when signing on to PlayStation Network," SCEE said in a statement. "We are currently looking into the issue to identify the cause of this network connection failure and will update further information as necessary (on the Blog or official website). We appreciate for your understanding and continued support."
What's worse is that systems offline are also affected, including PS3 debug kits used by the press and developers. Some PS3 hard drive content cannot be started at all, and titles that synchronize trophies are also unable to launch.
Sony has not yet offered a solution to the problem but says a fix is coming in the next "24 hours."