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Playstation: A strange phenomenon of “expired games” affects players, Chrono Cross and other classics involved

Game News Playstation: A strange phenomenon of “expired games” affects players, Chrono Cross and other classics involved

Another blow to fans of retro games. On Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita, several users are unable to play their titles due to… an expiration date. Bug or drastic decision by Sony? For now, nothing is certain, but the mysterious phenomenon is starting to get people talking about it.

the strange phenomenon of expired games

Several Playstation users are currently reporting something very mysterious. Indeed, many holders of Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita are unable to play retro games purchased in dematerialized form. Cause ? Their copy would simply be obsolete. This is when a user shared their situation with the game Chronocross that the phenomenon has grown. So it’s impossible for him to launch the Square Enix title since its copy expired in December 1969. A funny situation that has enough to provoke anger.

The affected ports are only those of the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita. If people with this problem thought for a while about a decision by Sony and Square Enix to encourage players to buy the remaster Radical Dreamers from Chrono Cross, it seems that other titles are affected, such as chrono trigger or Final Fantasy VI But it’s not just Square Enix titles that are affected, as several players report that their entire catalog is now unavailable for the same expiration date, with 1969 or 1970 being the years mentioned. Finally, it seems that not all instances are affected from user to user and console to console.

Bug or editor choice? Radio silence on the part of Sony

According to our colleagues at Kotakuthe problem could be a bug related to the “Unix Epoch”, an arbitrary start date set to 1970. A malfunction in Sony’s system would then reset the expiration date of these copies to the arbitrary date of 1970.

For now, nothing has been confirmed and the mystery remains. Sony has been contacted by several affected users, while Kotaku has also contacted them directly, with no response. Regardless, the situation remains extremely frustrating for those affected and we obviously expect a prompt response from Sony.


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