Users are reporting that their PlayStation digital classics are “expiring” and unplayable

Several kotaku, several user have reported that their PSOne Classic version of Chrono Cross is now showing an expiration date decades old and will not boot after downloading it.

The issue coincides with the release of the new Chrono Cross Remaster for modern consoles. However, there is evidence that the problem extends to other older games as well.

On social media, users have reported similar decades-old expiration dates preventing them from playing games like Final Fantasy VI, Run Factory: Oceans, and Unit 13. One Reddit user even claims their entire PS Vita library was made inaccessible.

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Kotaku suggests that the issue with the “Unix Epoch‘ when engineers set arbitrary dates called the beginning of an operating system’s lifetime. It’s speculated that a bug put the PlayStation game license expiration date back to the Unix era.

The reports once again highlight the issue of game preservation in the digital world.

March 2021 Sony announced plans to shut down the PlayStation Store on PS3, Vita and more made a partial reversal the following monthand said it would no longer close the PS3 or Vita stores but still plans to do so shut down the PSP store, which happened last July.

It’s official – PlayStation Vita is here!

Earlier this week, former Sony Computer Entertainment America chief Jack Tretton said He wished Sony had thrown more support behind the PlayStation Vita.

Launched in 2011 as the successor to the PSP, the handheld system was said to have sold fewer than 15 million units before being discontinued in 2019.

In a new interview with axiosTretton named Vita as one of several PlayStation technologies he felt were “a little orphaned” from parent company Sony.