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PS4 clock battery death will kill your console’s ability to play games

Written by Usman Aslam ·  51 sec read >

According to a recent tweet, if your PlayStation 4’s clock battery dies you will be unable to play games on the console regardless of whether the games are digital copies or on disc.

Lance McDonald, a trusted hacker, mentioned in a reply to that tweet (shown below) that this is due to the trophies on the PS4 of the respective games which requires the consoles’ internal clock to work correctly. Moreover, the main aim of this was to prevent users from changing the date and time values and exploiting the PS4’s trophy system.

Although the CMOS of the console can be replaced very easily if Sony decides to shut down its PS4 servers after a few years then this clock battery death may be a concern for existing PS4 users.

As of now, Sony is soon going to shut down online store services for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita. In a nutshell, if you own either a PS3, PSP, or PS Vita you will not be able to download and purchase new games and DLCs.

With the PS4 being a major success currently, it is highly unlikely that Sony will shut down services for the PS4 so soon. It is expected that the PS4 and the PS4 Pro will have a long life cycle, so in short, users can rest easy in regards to the clock battery death.

Written by Usman Aslam
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