Certain PS3 and Vita digital titles are “expiring” and no one knows why

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Some players report that they like certain PlayStation games chrono cross run on PS3 and PlayStation Vita.

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition Launched earlier this week, but now certain players are claiming that legally purchased, digital versions of PSOne classics like Chrono Cross and Chrono trigger are no longer playable, as reported by Kotaku. Twitter user Christopher Foose shared a picture showing their digital copy of Chrono Cross with an expiration date of 12/31/1969 and that the remaining time to play the game has expired and is no longer playable on PS3 or Vita.

Foose goes on to explain that they tested Chrono Trigger on their PS3 earlier that day (April 8th) and it ran fine and had no expiration date. Even talking to the official PlayStation support system didn’t help with the issue. And later other users showed games like Final Fantasy IX and Final Fantasy VI face the same problem of having an expiration date in the past.

A few users on Reddit also shared problems with games not working, one of which is not playable unit 13and another cannot access their digital catalog at all.

The fact that multiple games are experiencing this issue means that this is not directly related to the release of Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. The reason it’s appearing in all of these games is up in the air right now. One explanation, as Kotaku notes, is possibly something known as the “Unix epoch”.

The Unix epoch is an arbitrary date that early engineers decided was the beginning of an operating system’s lifetime, so it could be that a bug in Sony’s backend sets the expiration date of these titles to the Unix epoch. Whatever the reason, it shouldn’t be happening and hopefully is just some sort of glitch.

https://www.vg247.com/digital-ps3-vita-games-expiring Certain PS3 and Vita digital titles are “expiring” and no one knows why

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