GAMING CONSOLE MAKER Sony has confirmed that the Y2K bug that was affecting its 'fat' Playstations has now been resolved.
At issue was the internal clock in older Playstation models, so any unit that is not one of its new slimline ones, when the clocks reverted back to the year 2000 and confused the hell out of its machines, Sony took the initiative and warned users not to turn their consoles on.
Of course for some the warning came too late, and systems went bits-up, destroying precious Call of Duty trophies, and rather raining on the newly launched Heavy Rain parade. All in, it was a pretty black Monday for Sony, not to mention millions of its users.
Our readers reacted with sympathy for the firm. One said, "we'd better not lose all out data coz im 10th prestige in cod waw", while another added, "now this is been happenning regulary on my ps3 what is the point of bying a console for online if you cant accsess it its pathetic and with all regards playstation if u dont have this sorted today i will change to xbox and i will follow them instead of ur crap console get it sorted!".
Finally, just when we thought we would never see sense or a capital letter again, another said, "I've had PS3 since it came out, a 60gb model and been playing online ever since. With something like that there will be the occasional problem but Sony always get the fix out ASAP, look how quickly they solved the freezing issue with GTA IV. All those getting so worked up about it need to find something else to do with their time rather than worrying about not being able to play games."
Yesterday, Playstation users were told this on an official Playstation blog, "We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours." Luckily for Sony, it has lived up to this promise.
"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," said Sony. "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. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.
And not before time either. µ
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