Sony gives the all-clear over PS3 clock bug

Problems with older PlayStation 3 models resolved; Sony apologises for embarrassing 24 hours

Sony has apologised for the bug that crippled a significant number of PlayStation 3 units yesterday, including retail SKUs, test and development kits.

According to the company, a bug related to the internal clock has now corrected itself as the date has changed, and users are now able to play on their consoles after previous warnings not to switch machines on.

"We are aware that the internal clock functionality in the PS3 units other than the slim model, recognised the year 2010 as a leap year. 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," said the company in a statement.

If users are still seeing incorrect times on the cross media bar, they should adjust the settings manually, said Sony.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused."

The twenty four hour problem came just as the format holder released one of its most critically acclaimed titles to date, Heavy Rain, which also shot to number one in the UK all-formats charts.

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Stephen Northcott Senior Consulting Engineer 9 years ago
Bearing in mind the PS3 has a "10 year life cycle", should we all brace for another calamity in 2014 or 2012, or ? :p

In the meantime I am sending this to Sony:

if year modulo 400 is 0
then is_leap_year
else if year modulo 100 is 0
then not_leap_year
else if year modulo 4 is 0
then is_leap_year

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Stephen Northcott on 2nd March 2010 6:54am

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Solomon Lee Web-Based Games Reviewer 9 years ago
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