Millions of Playstation 3 users worldwide will be beaming today as Sony has announced that it has finally managed to come up with a solution for an issue that has affected a large portion of its user base for more than 24 hours.
As expected, the problem was caused by the internal clock of the console which identified 2010 as a leap year and assigned 29 days to February, thereby resetting itself on the 1st of March.
Sony's senior director of Corporate Communications & Social Media, Patrick Seybold, confirmed on the company's blog that "Having the internal clock date change from 29 February to 1 March (both GMT), we have verified that the symptoms are now resolved and that users are able to use their PS3 normally."
The Japanese consumer electronics behemoth therefore advises users to change their console clock manually if they are still experiencing problems playing games or connecting to the PlayStation Network.
The problem could affect millions of users that found themselves unable to play the latest games which rely on the console's internal clock to verify their own authenticity as part of their digital rights management solution.
Sony had already strongly advised users of the old style console, otherwise known as the "fat PS3" to stop using it or face the risk of losing their data including trophies and saved games.
It will be interesting to find out whether some will be using this glitch as an excuse to ask for some sort of financial compensation or to get a new console upgrade. This couldn't come at a worse time as Heavy Rain is submerging the high street.