At 12:01am March 2nd GMT (7:00pm ET), PS3 users were once again able to play games on the PlayStation Network.
The problem was that older PS 3 units thought that 2010 was leap year so when the clock struck midnight GMT on March 1st, the older units thought the date was February 29th, 2010, a non-existent date.
Rather than Sony "fixing" the problem, it simply fixed itself at midnight GMT.
Patrick Seybold, a Director of Corporate Communications at Sony posted the following on the official Playstation Blog.
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.
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