Players on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita are having trouble accessing their digital purchases after certain games suddenly showed a strange expiration date, as first reported by kotaku. The problem seems to mainly affect classic titles and prevent users from playing chrono cross, Chrono triggerand Final Fantasy VIas the games are now “expired”.
But here’s the weird part: the expiration dates are half a century in the past. Twitter user Christopher Foose shared a picture from his chrono cross Download showing the game expired on December 31, 1969 at 7:20 p.m. He says the problem only started after re-downloading the game and now he can’t play it on PS3 and PS Vita.
GamesHub editor Edmond Tran found similar he couldn’t play chrono cross on the PS3 thanks to a 52 year old expiration date. And while Tran says he can still play the classic title on his PS Vita, he couldn’t find the listing on the PS Vita Store, a sign that Sony may have removed it. Miscellaneous user on reddit and Twitter I also reported the problem Rune Factory Oceans, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Gex: Enter the geckoand for some their entire digital library.
As detailed in the various threads and posts related to the issue, some gamers say they’ve tried factory resetting their consoles, subscribing and unsubscribing from PlayStation Plus, and restoring their game licenses, all to no avail. PlayStation has yet to acknowledge the situation, and the game company didn’t immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment.
However, there is a possible reason why this could be happening. kotaku advises that the problem may stem from a bug that is causing the PS Vita and PS3 to reset game license expiration dates to the Unix epoch, or the arbitrary time and date set by the developers, to mark the beginning of a console’s life.
While this is just a blunder, it raises concern that Sony will deal another blow to the PS3 and PS Vita stores. According to The gaming company almost closed both stores Last year she made it harder to shop from them take the opportunity to use credit cards or PayPal to make purchases.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/10/23019235/playstation-digital-games-ps3-ps-vita-expiring-sony-chrono-trigger “Expired” digital PS Vita and PS3 games will become unplayable