Due to the new 9.00 firmware update, it seems that we don’t have to throw our console away in case if its CMOS battery dies.
About half a year ago, in late March, we wrote the following about the issue: “In short, the component in question is the internal clock battery in the PlayStation 4. If it dies, you can no longer play games on the console (after getting the CE 34878-0 error message), regardless of it’s digital (via PlayStation Store) or physical, as it relates to how Sony has designed the PS4’s trophy system. Here’s what well-known modder Lance McDonald wrote: “This error is because trophies on PlayStation 4 require the internal system clock (the one you can’t see/alter) to be correct, so people can’t change their PlayStation 4 date/time to make it look like they got trophies earlier than they did.
If your PlayStation 4 clock battery dies, all your games die. If your system clock resets to zero, the only official way to correct it is to connect to the PlayStation Network. However, jailbreaking the console allows you to set it manually. To emphasize: you can fix this by just putting a new battery in then syncing your console to the PlayStation Network once. We are just pointing out that the console will be bricked in some imaginary distant future when the PSN goes away (if ever?),” according to McDonald.”
That looked serious, and it seems Sony has also taken it seriously. Destruction Games on Twitter noticed us about an unexpected, but still highly welcome, update: “It looks like the 9.00 PlayStation 4 firmware update fixed the CMOS BOMB issue… I tested it on my PlayStation 4 with a dead battery. The games no longer crash on startup, and I can even earn trophies, although the trophy earn dates will be blank. My date when booting my PlayStation 4 was 1969 and 5:00 PM, which is the default date and time the PS4 falls back on with a dead battery, so my battery is still dead. Also, here’s a picture of a trophy I just earned, with the date and time earned being blank.” You can see the two images below.
The update is applicable. With it, Sony will not cause tons of trash by rendering PlayStation 4s useless due to a drained CMOS battery, allowing games to work without one. This is a highly welcome move. When will the PS3 get such an update?