After the expiration date was automatically updated, PlayStation 3 and Vita owners no longer have access to digital purchases of classic titles like Chrono Trigger, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, or Final Fantasy VI.
On Reddit and Twitter, users have expressed their dissatisfaction in the following ways: Digitally purchased old PSOne titles, and even entire libraries, have had their expiration dates reset to December 31, 1969.
Users of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita will be affected by this update, which affects games such as Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Gex: Enter the Gecko, Rune Factory Oceans, and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.
Edmond Tran, the publisher of Games Hub, was one of those who was affected, and he even posted images of the revised expiration date and access failure.
Here’s something strange: the PSOne Classics version of Chrono Cross is no longer available on the PS Vita store; it’s only available on your download list if you purchased it previously. However, it works perfectly. – It’s available on the PS3 shop, but when I try to install and use it, it says it’s expired? In the year 1970? wtf pic.twitter.com/o0xz96izmF wtf pic.twitter.com/o0xz96izmF wtf pic.t
April 4, 2022 — Edmond Tran (@EdmondTran)
According to Kotaku, a specialized media outlet that has reported on the issue, Sony has not yet responded, but they believe it is due to a bug that resets the expiration date of game licenses to an arbitrary date set by engineers as the life expectancy of a specific’software’, also known as the ‘Unix epoch.’