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Sony restores PlayStation Network service

Tue, 03/02/2010 - 10:30am
The Associated Press

Sony Corp. said it has restored service to its online PlayStation Network following a system glitch reminiscent of the Y2K bug a decade ago.

Sony Corp. said in a blog post late Monday that the problem was caused by the internal clock function on older PlayStation 3 models. Sony said the clocks mistakenly recognized 2010 as a leap year. Consumers began reporting trouble Sunday, as clocks got confused in switching from Feb. 28 to March 1.

The "slim" versions of the console, which went on sale last fall, were not affected.

In the blog post, spokesman Patrick Seybold said customers should now be able to use their PlayStations normally.

Sony had warned earlier Monday that data loss could have occurred if gamers continued using the machines before the fix was made. The company would not say how many users were affected by the problem, which included errors such as the date of the systems being reset to Jan. 1, 2000. Other issues included an error message saying the user has been logged out of the online game network.

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