The PlayStation 4 has become quite the go-to console over the past few years, amassing a must-have library of games and creating an all-around comfort for the millions that have purchased one. That said, a fatal flaw has arisen that could very well be the end of accessing your game library.
This comes from a notice provided by a preservation group called Does It Play?, alongside a modder by the name of Lance McDonald. The problem revolves around the internal clock that’s built into the PlayStation 4. Though it’s managed to work well in systems over the years, a warning looms – once it goes out, there’s going to be a big problem accessing your game library.
When the clock goes out, according to McDonald, a warning with the error code CE 34878-0 comes up. What happens then is the system is unable to reconnect online, even if you have a stable network and connection up and running. Without that, the system is unable to signify your game purchases from PlayStation Store, and, hence, renders your digital library useless.
Here are the specific notes from McDonald:
“This error is because trophies on PS4 require the internal system clock (the one you can’t see/alter) to be correct, so people can’t change their PS4 date/time to make it look like they got trophies earlier than they really did. If your PS4 clock battery dies, all your games die. If your system clock resets to zero, the only official way to correct it is to connect to the PSN network. However jailbreaking the console allows you to set it manually.
Just to emphasize: you can fix this by just putting a new battery in then syncing your console to the PSN once. We are just pointing out that the console will be bricked in some imaginary distant future when the PSN goes away (if ever?).”
While we haven’t heard about too many internal clocks going out on the system, it is worth keeping an eye on. The only way to fix it is to replace the battery or possibly send the console in to Sony for repair – both of which can be rather costly. And even then, you could have a problem with reconnecting the system online and getting your games back.
“Oh, I’ll just buy physical games then,” you might be thinking. But hang on. The authentication process also effects physical games, so even if you’ve got the disc in the system and you’re logged in to the system, you still can’t play games.
Sony has yet to address the matter, since it’s gone full steam ahead with its PlayStation 5. But hopefully it’ll say something soon, because
this could pose a problem for those that don’t feel like upgrading just yet. Keep a close eye on your game systems.
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