Playstation parties like it's 1999, falls over and forgets date
According to the media, yesterday marked the end of the world for Playstation 3 owners. An unknown error meant players couldn't connect to the Playstation Network and, depending on what you read, wiped play data from thousands of consoles, causing many a thumb-twiddling mummy's boy to break down to floods of tears (it didn't really though, did it?).
To their credit, Sony didn't shy away from the issue - by yesterday evening, they'd pretty much carpet-bombed blogs and major news outlets with official information, while instructing users to step away from their PS3s (the older versions at least, not the PS3 Slim) until the issue was rectified.
What was the issue? The Millennium Bug! Sort of. Well, not really:
"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 29th to March 1st (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."
It's all fixed now - hooray! Out of interest, if you're a PS3 owner, how much disruption did the bug cause you? Reading the papers you'd think the world had been consumed by locusts. Did Sony catch the problem in time for most of you?