The Day The PS3 Stood Still!

Yesterday I awoke, like most other PS3 gamers, to news that the PSN had ‘died’.  Wotta’s original 1am story has just broken over 300 comments, one of our busiest posts ever and just goes to show how many of you read TSA in the middle of the night.  Since that innocent and, looking back, rather amusing first post, things went downhill.

We were told by a few developers and people in-the-know that PS3s would be OK today, so we followed up with this story.  Again, nearly 100 comments showed that there was still much interest in the topic, especially given the continued silence from Sony.  Finally, the Japanese giant told us ‘not to use’ our PS3s, so at least they were aware of the issue.

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After that, things took a turn for the crazy with one TSA member fixing the problem by himself by removing the NVRAM in the PS3 by hacking the casing to bits and gluing it back together with Pritt Stick.  Most sane people decided to wait it out, though, and thankfully as the clock turned to midnight, all was restored.

This morning Sony have confirmed what we’d thought all along – “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,” said a spokesperson. “Having the internal clock date change from February 29 to March 1, the symptoms are now resolved.”

I’ll bet there were a few nervous bods at Sony come 1 minute to midnight, but now all is well!  Yay!

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