As reported recently, an oversight within the PlayStation 4’s firmware might render your bodily and digital video games unplayable in a hypothetical, faraway future. A easy clock battery contained in the console is used to confirm the time and date that Trophies are unlocked in an effort to forestall dishonest, however these will die in each system in the future. Whereas the battery could be simply changed, it is advisable to connect with the PlayStation Network a minimum of as soon as earlier than you possibly can play your video games. Some individuals on social media are involved that, in the future, PlayStation might flip its servers off – rendering any methods with lifeless batteries bricked.
In fact, a easy finish of life firmware replace for the PS4 might remedy that downside – and the possibilities of it shutting down any of the PS4’s core on-line infrastructure inside the subsequent 10 to 15 years are slim to none. It’s additionally value remembering that, even in a possible dystopian future the place all the system’s companies are offline, the PS5 is totally backwards suitable with near-enough everything of the PS4’s library.
Nonetheless, right here’s proof of what might occur ought to circumstances align the place Sony’s servers are down and your PS4 clock battery dies:
So yeah, it’s doubtlessly problematic stuff: you get a CE-30391-6 error code, and you’ll’t play bodily or digital video games. The error was replicated by eradicating and changing the battery from a PS4 Slim, which is what would occur ought to mentioned energy supply die. Sony, unsurprisingly, is but to touch upon this; we’re not notably involved, to be sincere, as a result of there are such a lot of points that would want to align to ensure that this to grow to be an actual downside – and even when it does occur, it received’t be for properly over a decade or two anyway.