Its safe for you to boot up your PS3 today and resume using it as normal. Sony’s fix for yesterday’s problems were to simply wait until March 2nd 2010, so the PS3 thinks its the March 1st. Sony’s original statement indicated that a patch would be released to resolve the issue, but it seems Sony were simply stalling, “We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours.”
As the issue is still unpatched, it is likely to happen again, though not for another 2-4 years. The PS3 could easily mistake 2012 as not being a leap year causing this whole fiasco again, unless Sony patches the issue in the next firmware update. We know the issue was related to the PS3 thinking 2010 was a leap year, but it took Sony an entire day to admit the same thing:
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. 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.
In my opinion, Sony could have handled the entire issue differently by just admitting the issue upfront. Clearly, Sony was aware that the older PS3 models were susceptible to this fault or the PS3 Slim would not have been patched to avoid the issue. Could all this have been a ploy to promote the PS3 Slim?
Gamers aren’t going to forget this anytime soon, and it doesn’t really help when Xbox-ers attribute this to be on the same level as the RROD incident over a year ago. How is this in anyway related to the RROD? The issue was resolved in 24 hours, where as the RROD incident lasted for month and cost Microsoft $1 billion.
There’s no doubt Sony were trying to keep it under wraps. But such a clever community had all the reasons for the error out way before Sony made any of the above statements, even solutions were out such as resetting the clock via CMOS battery removal, lol.
Sony were trying to label it as a PSN issue but eventually had to come clean since offline players were affected and slimline players were unaffected.
It could be a ploy to promote the slim, but i think the errors we faced are somewhat more damaging to Sony’s reputation. We could all go out n trade in our phat ps3’s for slim ones, but that doesn’t make the phat ps3’s go away, since down the line that pre-owned phat ps3 would be re-offered at a cheaper price.
I pity fanboyism. Really don’t understand why there are such groups of people that rant about ‘my console being better than yours’ when they get nothing from the console maker. No doubt though, the RROD is much worse of a problem than the APOCOLYPS3 error, lol.
“I pity fanboyism. Really don’t understand why there are such groups of people that rant about ‘my console being better than yours’ ” I will admit I prefer PS3 over Xbox quite a lot, having said that, I own both so at least I have a knowledged (probably still biased) opinion. And besides that, any Sony products I own (speakers, tvs ect) I have never had a problem with (my phat PS3 for some reason isnt effected), and my Microsoft stuff (computers OS and Xbox) I have had problems. My computer duel boots and asks if I want to boot Windows or Ubuntu (Linux). Linux has always been fine and the other day Windows literally killed itself. Anyhow I’m just rambelling and sh*t now 😛 All in all I have come to trust Sony and distrust Microsoft.
@TheFreak7 There’s nothing wrong with having a favourite. I prefer my PS3 over my Xbox 360 as well. The type of fanboyism i’m talking about is where you’ll get people from one community slating the people from another community, including name calling, game and console bashing, rating a game poorly because it’s not on their platform, etc. Why do people do that? Do they get any royalties from the company they’re a fanboy of? At my work place, me and a colleague would talk about 360 games, and when i told him i had bought a ps3, he started calling me a traitor, LOL.
One thing i’ve realised, some people slate another simply because they don’t have that thing they’re slating, which deep down they want. So they slate it to try n compress their want. Just my opinion.
Yeah I know what you meant, I just started ramballing, haha! I’ll admit I tease the life outa xbox sometimes, but I’m really just mucking around with my mate, like today his xbox broke, I gave him a hard time about it, but thats all fun and games.
I know what you mean about the fanboy stuff, theres a lot of that cr@p on youtube when you look at PS3 or Xbox vids for example..and that usely goes from “my console is better” to “you gay and yours mums fat”, so yeah it gets pretty ridiculous.
I have to say I love the term “APOCALYPS3” pretty genius if you ask me. This bug is really quite annoying but Microsoft’s Zune had the same thing and I don’t recall this huge cluster fuck when it was one of their products is the dog house.
Yeah i never really got the fact of calling console thing i dont care people have xbox,ps3 and wii at least they have some thing to play than noting. I may make fun of the xbox failure rate
other than that i really dont mind people having xbox wii or ps3