‘Expired’ digital PS Vita and PS3 games become unplayable

PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita gamers are struggling to access their digital purchases after a bizarre expiration date suddenly appeared on some games, as first reported by Kotaku. The problem seems to mainly affect classic titles, preventing users from playing Chrono-Cross, the trigger of a stopwatchand Final Fantasy VIbecause the games are now “expired”.

But here’s the weird part: the expiration dates are dated half a century in the past. Twitter user Christopher Foose shared a picture of his Chrono-Cross download, which shows that the game expired on December 31, 1969 at 7:20 p.m. He says the problem only occurred after he redownloaded the game and he can no longer play it on PS3 and PS Vita.

GamesHub Editor Edmond Tran found the same way he was unable to play Chrono-Cross on the PS3 thanks to an expiration date of 52 years. And while Tran says he could still play the classic title on his PS Vita, he couldn’t find the listing on the PS Vita store, a sign Sony may have removed it. Other users on Reddit and Twitter also reported the problem with Rune Factory Oceans, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Gex: Enter the Geckoand for some, their entire digital library.

As noted in the various threads and articles on the issue, some gamers say they have tried factory resetting their consoles, subscribing and unsubscribing to PlayStation Plus, and restoring their game licenses, all to no avail. PlayStation has yet to acknowledge the situation, and the game company has not immediately responded to The edgerequest for comment.

There is a possible reason why this may be happening, however. Kotaku note that the issue may stem from an issue causing the PS Vita and PS3 to revert game license expiration dates back to the Unix era, or to an arbitrary time and date set by the developers to designate the beginning of a console’s life.

Even though it’s just a small glitch, it’s concerning that Sony is dealing another blow to the PS3 and PS Vita stores. After the video game company nearly closed both stores last year, it made them harder to shop for by removing the ability to use credit cards or PayPal to make purchases.


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