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Until Sony PlayStation Network problem is fixed, 'do not use your PS3'

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(Read caption) Andrew Chim was the first person in the world to buy a Sony PS3 Slim. Good thing he did, since his machine is immune to the PlayStation Network problem that struck Sunday.

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After a worrisome 13 hours of silence from Sony, the company released new information about the PlayStation Network problem that has forced some PS3 owners offline and resulted in trophy complications.

"We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system," Sony posted this afternoon. "We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours."

The problem struck Sunday night. First signs included players losing access to Sony's online features, such as multiplayer matches. Even single-player games fell victim because the glitch affected the machine's trophy tracking system. PS3 titles that award in-game trophies would refuse to launch, spitting back the message, "Failed to install trophies. Please exit your game.” Video games that do not offer trophies, such as Metal Gear Solid 4 or demos, seem to run smoothly. This is particularly vexing for people who picked up Sony's latest hit Heavy Rain. You can read reviews on the critically acclaimed game here.

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