PlayStation 4: New Error alert | The whole game in threat.

The PlayStation 4 reportedly has an error that can result in PlayStation players losing all of their games. According to data miners, the PS4 has an error when the PS4 CMOS battery dies, ERROR CE 34878-0. That renders all PS4 digital files unusable without a server reconnection. The error also pulls the plug on disc playback. As a result, if you can’t connect to PSN, the error could render all of your games. In addition, both digital and physical, completely useless.

PlayStation 4 all games are in danger.

what is this error all about?

Some PlayStation customers are losing their entire digital libraries thanks to an error related to game licenses. Above all, Sony is not talking about it.

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PlayStation 4 players hoping to mellow out with their free duo of May PS Plus games might be stopped dead in their tracks by dastardly. PlayStation Store error code CE-42739-5 (and others like it). A bizarre licensing error that has gamers worldwide worried and confused about their supposed ownership of digital titles. Sony hasn’t mentioned the problem or properly addressed it. Since players first started encountering it yesterday, which is strange, to say the least.

This latest PSN frustration comes hot off the heels of last month’s. In addition, widespread online outages experienced by PS4 players. It right in the midst of a pandemic with many players housebound. So the timing of this unique issue is far from ideal. While public health is obviously out of the PlayStation team’s hands and service outages are common enough on Xbox Live and Nintendo Switch Online (although a little more frequent on PSN for reasons Sony never really explains).

This licensing-related problem is rather different. It could be related to an outage, and COVID-19 very well might be exacerbating the slowness of a solution, sure. However, where a simple outage would normally limit online functionality, this licensing error prevents players from even starting games they bought and owned.

PlayStation 4 players are worried globally.

Word of the error comes the way of Does It Play and Lance McDonald, the latter of which reveals the error is because Trophies on PS4 require the console’s internal system clock to be correct. It requires this to prevent players from changing their PS4 date/time to make it look they got trophies earlier or later than they actually did. And as they note, this means that if your PS4 clock battery dies, all of your games die as well until you connect to the PSN network.

Of course, this is really only a problem if PSN ever goes away. There’s a good chance your PS4 CMOS battery will eventually die. In fact, it’s basically inevitable. However, it’s hard to imagine a future where PSN doesn’t exist. However, when and if that future arrives, this will be a huge problem, though thankfully, what can fix it and avoid it completely with a jailbroken console.

The Bottom Line

“Just to emphasize: you can fix this by just putting a new battery in then syncing your console to the PSN once,” adds McDonald. “We are just pointing out that the console will be bricked in some imaginary distant future when the PSN goes away (if ever?).”

That said, while it’s unlikely this puzzling engineering decision will come to haunt PlayStation players, the thought of it is enough to have them worried and outraged.

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