Playstation 3 leap year bug fixed

A bug which threatened to end civilisation by stopping gamers from playing their Playstation games has been fixed.

The cock-up, which has been attributed to older Playstation 3 consoles getting all confused about whether 2010 was a leap year or not, has been fixed and Sony is reporting that disgruntled users should find everything working perfectly without having to do anything other than turn the console on.

"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," said a blog posting. "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."

The fact that no firmware update is needed makes it obvious that the problem was not with the hardware itself, but with Sony's Playstation Network, which seems to have caused the kerfuffle.

Sony is also saying that PSN is now correctly syncing game trophies and has apologised for any inconvenience caused.