UPDATE: Sony Provides Info On ApocalyPS3
UPDATE: Though we're still waiting on official word from Sony, we're receiving multiple reports that PlayStation 3s affected by this bug are now working. Whatever the problem was, it appears that a patch or firmware update was not needed to fix it. We've tested this on a debug PlayStation 3 in the office that was not working previously, and it appears to be running fine now.
For all those who went through the pain of being without their PS3 for the last 24 hours or so, console yourself with this special banner:
ORIGINAL STORY: Late yesterday, PS3 owners the world over were struck by a mysterious bug preventing them from logging onto the PlayStation Network and playing many Trophy-enabled games offline. Last night, Sony said they were looking into it, and now they've finally provided some official information...and it's kind of frightening.
In an update on the PlayStation Blog, Sony director of corporate communications Patrick Seybold says that they have "identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system." Along with a list of the problems (clock resetting, inability to log in to PSN, error messages when trying to start games, etc.), Seybold said that Sony "hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours."
Seybold confirms that Slim model PS3s are not affected. If you do have an older PS3 and have tried turning it on during this debacle, prepare to get the chills:
"In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data."
Does this mean that the disappearing Trophies that some users were experiencing (myself included) won't be coming back? If you'll excuse me, I'm going to be crying in the corner for a bit.