8002A537 PSN Error Fix (May 2021)

Today, almost all PS3 users all over the globe are getting the 8002A537 error. Here’s what to do to fix it!

As per Sony’s Support instructions:

  • Turn off your PS3.
  • Press the Power button and hold.
  • Wait for it to beep 3x, your device will then shut off.
  • Press and hold the Power button once more and wait for the beep 3x. The last beep should be doubled, indicating that the device will now enter Safe Mode.
  • Connect your controller.
  • Select Option 2: Restore Default Settings.
  • Log in to your PSN account.

UPDATE: PS3 Maintenance is extended until May 29.

Many PS3 users report that this method does not work, however, it’s still worth a try while you wait for Sony’s update. As of now, they are still trying to fix the issue.


There’s still no word from Sony as to what is happening to the PS3 PSN. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 seem to be working just fine, so it’s safe to say that this is a PS3-related issue. This raises the concern of whether or not Sony finally ended the PS3’s long run.

Sony’s intention to shut down the PS Store for the PS3, Vita and PS Portable was reported in March 2021. This implied that patrons of the aforementioned devices would no longer be able to acquire new games for their devices. Many fans are curious if it is finally happening because it only affects the PS3. Notably, Jim Ryan (the President and CEO of Sony), soon retracted this decision to many users’ relief.

PlayStation 3

PlayStation 3 (PS3) is a video gaming console initially launched back in November 2006 (Japan, North America) and March 2007 (Europe, Australia).

At its time, the PS3 was the better console with better graphics, the new motion-sense wireless controller, WiFi capabilities, and an excellent game library.

Some of PS3’s most notable games are:

  • The Last of Us
  • Metal Gear
  • Uncharted
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Grand Theft Auto

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