Sony’s chimed in with another update on the ApocalPS3, essentially telling those who own the older, George Forman Grill-model PlayStation 3s to hold off on playing them until another day or so. The details are here, but here are the highlights:

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

Errors include:

  • The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
  • When the user tries to sign in to the PlayStation Network, the following
    message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been
    signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
  • When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears
    on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install
    trophies. Please exit your game.”
  • When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the
    Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date
    and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
  • Users are not able to play back certain rental video downloaded from the
    PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. 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.

As I said in my earlier post, my older-model PS3 seems to be working OK, so the problem obviously isn’t affecting all pre-Slim PS3s. But if potential long-term consequences such as data loss and trophy issues are possible, I wouldn’t bother with experimenting.