PlayStation Network, the online hub that connects millions of PlayStation 3 gaming consoles worldwide, is down for many users. Receiving error messages like "Registration of the trophy information could not be completed. The game will quit. (8001050F)" and "8001050F - Hardware failure. Cannot update Firmware or connect to Internet," many users are being blocked not only from games that require online connection, but from offline gaming as well.
Owners of the original "fat" PS3 seem to be the only ones afflicted, whereas owners of the newer "skinny" PS3 seem to be spared, Sony confirms via Twitter.
Though it's not yet clear what's caused the PSN outage, early signs point to a mix of a calendar issue and faulty DRM: