The PS5 has been confirmed to have the same CMOS battery issue as the PS4, which prevents gamers from accessing digital games in the event of an outage.
Discovered by Does it play? On Twitter, the CMOS battery failure issue limits gamers’ access to digital games if the battery dies. Once the battery runs out, players will need to connect to the Internet to play games, otherwise digital titles will simply be inaccessible.
The PS4, Sony’s old console, also had the same problem. Several online users have removed their CMOS battery and confirmed that they can only play games when connected to the internet.
This news comes just weeks after Sony confirmed that it would be shutting down the PS3, PSP and PS Vita storefronts. This means that players will no longer be able to download titles purchased on these consoles.
People are concerned about the long-term usability of the PS4 and PS5. Server shutdowns and CMOS failure can make consoles unreadable. In comparison, many retro consoles are still used today by gamers around the world without the need for an online connection.
The news shouldn’t be of immediate concern to PS5 owners, but it might be a different story 10 to 15 years from now when Sony decides to shut down the online store.
According to Does It Play ?, the only way to fix CMOS is to connect to PSN or hack into the system.
Sony has yet to comment on the news.
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