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Unless you still have a functioning PlayStation, the only way to play games from its time is via a PS3 or the PS Vita. But those who went that route and bought digital games for those two platforms have recently found their games expiring decades before they were released.

Kotaku reports that a number of people have found their classic PSOne games unplayable on their PS3 or PS Vita. In one example, Twitter user Christopher Foose found his digital copy of Chrono Cross unplayable because his purchase “expired” on December 1969. GamesHub editor Edmond Tran described a similar issue with the same game.

While it doesn’t affect everyone who bought classic games digitally, it also doesn’t seem to only be affecting Chrono Cross. Other instances involve Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI and in one case Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition for the PS3.

The one common element of these games being rendered unplayable is the 1969 expiry date. The report makes mention of the Unix epoch, which refers to 1 January 1970. The date was an arbitrarily chosen date to serve as a unified start time for operating systems. It’s likely that something went wrong on PlayStation’s server side of things, rendering the affected digital games unplayable. While it’s not a widespread issue as mentioned, there is still no fix in sight for those affected.

(Source: Kotaku)

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