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PS3s Working Again, All Is Well


Reports globally and from Sony itself that ‘Phat’ PS3s are once again operational. This comes after a virtual 24 hour blackout of the bigger and older units stopping people from playing some games or getting online. The fault seems to have stemmed from a calendar fault that misinterpreted 2010 as a leap year. Since it is now March 2, the problem can be solved by simply changing the date manually.

“We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model, recognized the year 2010 as a leap year,” Jem Alexander of SCEE said on the official European Blog. “Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1 (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms are now resolved and that users are able to use their PS3 normally. If the time displayed on the XMB is still incorrect, users are able to adjust time settings manually or via the Internet.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

The current concern on the Play team is that this was a hardware fault that Sony has not so much fixed as allowed to play out and solve itself.

Plus side, the PS3 fixes itself. Down side, this could seemingly happen again.

Hopefully we’ll get more concrete notice from Sony soon as to how this all came about and how it can be stopped from happening again. If you’re still having trouble with your PS3 please get in touch and let us know what’s happening. If we can help you out we will.

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  • the bossman

    I’ll be plugging mine back in a little later after I’ve done some work. I knew this would blow over. I’d love to have seen the reactions if it was a month without PS3. There’d be shopping raids, murders, etc. Madness.

  • Nighthawk2K10

    yay its back on! this could actually happen again in 4 years so i hope sony finds a way to sort it out

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  • David

    I managed not to loose anything again, and 5 minutes of gameplay got me the trophy I should’ve earned that day. Hopefully Sony can repair the fault with an update, but at least if it happens again in 4 years time we’ll know about it and that if we just don’t play games on that day we’ll be fine.