On the 28 Feb 2010, owners of the older style PS3s (hence fore known as the “Phats”) found that their system wasn’t working right. They could not sign in to the PSN, they could not access many of their downloaded themes and they couldn’t play any games. The problem was first attributed to the Playstation Network (PSN) but as they day went on, it emerged that the PS3 owners with the newer, slimmer model ( hence force known as the “Slims) were not experiencing problems. The problem only affected the Phats. Not much information came out on Sunday as emails and Twitters were sent to Sony regarding the problem. Rumours swirled about it, from problems with the PSN to hackers. Sony finally came up with a statement on 1 March on the Playstation Blog (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/03/latest-info-on-playstation-network-status/), blaming the problem on a bug in the clock functionality in the system. They have advised users affected by this to not to operate their PS3 until they come up with a fix from the problem, hopefully “within the next 24 hours.” My take: This is a huge blow for Sony and an insult to the folks who bought the older, more expensive models during the consoles early years. The fact that the problem affects gamers ability to play ANY game and affected consoles across the world isn’t winning Sony any popularity. Hopefully Sony can solve the problem soon, especially with FFXIII and God Of War 3 coming out over the next two weeks. Now, I await with bated breath for my Phat to work normally again.