updated Sony has issued a statement to say that users who were having problems with their pre-Slim PS3s should now find that the "symptoms are now resolved and...are able to use their PS3 normally".
Sony said that the error occurred because these consoles incorrectly identified 2010 as a leap year and once the date shifted to March 1 (GMT) the problem was fixed.
The company says that all functionality should now be restored, but if your console still reads the wrong date you should change it manually.
CNET Australia's fat PlayStation 3, as well as the ones at our sister site GameSpot, have fixed themselves.
In CNET Towers Australia, our PS3s are now reporting the correct time and date, able to play games and can log in to the PlayStation Network. The US team is also reporting that its machines are working fine and that all trophy functionality has returned.
Has your PS3 returned to normal? If not, let us know below.