PlayStation 4 CMOS Battery Issues: if it runs out, it can put you out of games new firmware would be needed to avoid this
A dead CMOS battery could cripple the Sony PlayStation 4: Over the last few days, Twitter has talked at length about a problem that threatens the 115 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the world: its CMOS battery. And is that according to different users have proven, once it is exhausted, it is impossible to play any game, physical or digital, unless you are connected to the internet.
The topic originated with a tweet from the account “Does It Play?” expressing his concern with the issue: “We fear that it could have serious implications with the preservation of software. ” When trying to put it into practice, some users found that, indeed, it was not possible to play without the battery or connection. This is due, according to Lance McDonald – the same one who delved into the Bloodborne archives to find clipped bosses – to the internal clock.
The issue has serious implications for software preservation in the eyes of users, this clock cannot be seen or modified to avoid manually altering the time of obtaining the PlayStation Network trophies, but it also fulfills such basic functions as opening games. Like any other battery, it ends up dying, but even if you open the console and put in a new one, you will have to connect to Sony’s online services to get it to work.
It is a double layer of problems: on the one hand, we have exhausted batteries, and on the other, the concern that if Sony stops supporting PSN, that will mark the eventual effective death of all PS4 games, whether online or offline. Solutions? Sony would have to release a firmware update aimed at removing the clock sync requirement. What happens or not is something that time will tell.
Support from previous PlayStation
And it is not to alarm or anything, but from this month, the PlayStation digital store is no longer available on PS3 or PS Vita. Of course, it’s not like the previous-gen console will suffer the same fate anytime soon, but we’re still talking about real risks. Be that as it may, while the CMOS batteries finish working, PS5 finally embraces backward compatibility.