Users are reporting that some of their digital PlayStation classic games are no longer working on certain ‘classic’ consoles such as the PS3 and PS Vita. Kotaku has summarised the complaints from gamers.
So did @PlayStation expire the PSOne Classics versions of #ChronoCross and #ChronoTrigger by setting the date on new downloads to 12/31/1969? This is preventing me from playing my purchased copies on Vita and PS3. @ModernVintageG @dark1x pic.twitter.com/wxRebNIZWh— Christopher Foose (@FooseTV) April 8, 2022
This strange issue seems to coincide with the release of the new Chrono Cross remaster for modern consoles including the PlayStation 5. Users attempting to play the original PlayStation version of Chrono Cross are being greeted with a decades-old expiration date and the game will no longer launch.
However, this is not a Chrono Cross exclusive issue.Gamers have taken to social media to comment on how they are experiencing similar problems. In each case, there is a decades-old expiraion date which then stops the game from launching.
Sony is yet to comment on the strange problem and there is no fix yet from the company. It’s possible this is related to the Unix epoch which is where engineers set arbitrary dates which are designated to be the beginning of an operating system’s lifespan. Sony did announce they intended to close the PlayStation store for PS3 and PS Vita last year but quickly U-turned the decision.