Clock Bug Shuts Down PS3s Worldwide

Sony warns users not to turn on system for 24 hours
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2010 3:01 PM CST
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(Newser) – Sony is advising many PS3 owners not to use their consoles for 24 hours while the company fixes a massive bug affecting consoles around the world. Older versions of the system have been unable to log on to the Playstation Network, and in some cases even unable to play games, thanks to a quirk in the system’s clock. Developers tell Kotaku their PS3s have fallen into “a rebooting cycle, due to an endlessly-looping error message.”

“Rest assured, we’ve many people working on fixing this issue,” Sony’s European arm tweeted this morning. The company later released a full statement outlining the problems, which you can read here. The bug affects only the older, “fat” versions of the system, not the newer “PS3 Slim,” the company is quick to point out.

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