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It seems the bug dogging 'Fat' PS3's over the past 36 hours is down to the fact that 2010 is not a leap year - seriously...
According to an update on Sony's PlayStation blog, the 8001050F error that has been dogging PS3 users over the last 36 hours or so is the result of 'Fat' PS3 models wrongly identifying 2010 as a leap year.
When the console's time and date settings showed February 29th yesterday and made any attempt to connect with the internet, PSN then identified the fact that Feb 29th 2010 doesn't exist and sent clocks back to Jan 1st 2000.
In turn, this stopped users from being able to access PSN, bricked games with synchronised Trophies, and even affected items purchased over PSN.
Here's the official statement on the matter from Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media, Patrick Seybold:
"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. If we have new information, we will update you through the PlayStation.Blog or PlayStation.com.
"We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused."
Essentially, the problem is over because the 'Fat' PS3s are now showing March 1st, a date that does exist and can easily be set forward to March 2nd 2010. Judging from the PlayStation blog comment boards, the only fallout from this 'ApocalyPS3' appears to be isolated instances of corrupted Trophy data that are limited to specific games.
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