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PS3 has date problems

PS3 has date problems

Sony has suffered a dramatic and embarrassing network issue with its firmware for the Playstation 3.

Since March 1st some Playstation 3 owners with older machines have had their data corrupted and have had a problem with connecting online due to, in theory, an error in the way the Playstation 3 was programmed to handle the date February 28 2010.

The error is described as “Error code 8001050F” and affects older machines including the 40GB models. Sony has promised a fix soon but none have been forthcoming so far. Sony at first recommended users not to power on their Playstation 3’s, the problem did not affect Playstation 3 Slim owners.

“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,” explained Sony spokesperson Patrick Seybol.

The fix is pretty simple, set the correct date manually or over the internet using XMB.

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