I've searched this forum and Googled everywhere but I can't find my exact issue anywhere, so I'm posting it here.
It seems to happen at random, but every once in a while, an error message pops up saying "Minecraft has encountered a problem and cannot continue. Would you like to save?" If I press "Yes," the game goes to the save screen and hangs. The game tips keep loading and the background keeps scrolling, but the status bar never moves. I have to go into the playstation menu and exit the game, which causes my playstation to restart. If I press "Cancel" when it asks if I want to save, it goes to the Exiting Game screen, and the same hanging issue occurs, again causing my playstation to restart.
I can't pinpoint what is triggering this issue. It has happened when I've saved the game manually, it has happened when it autosaved, it has happened when I enter or exit the Nether, it has happened after 15 minutes of playing, it has happened after 3 hours of playing, it has happened when I've kicked a player from the game, it has happened when I've been standing in one spot doing absolutely nothing. It seems to happen completely at random.
This is especially aggravating because I like to keep my game running to operate a 24/7 "server," but if it crashes while I'm sleeping or working, the other players are just screwed until I can restart the server again.
Has anyone else encountered this or does anyone have a fix?