Possible Reason Behind PSN Maintenance On March 1, 2011

Posted on 28 February 2012 by author

Earlier today, PS Blog officially posted the upcoming PSN Maintenance on Thursday (March 1) expected to last for fourteen hours or more affecting Playstation online services in addition to Home and the PS Store.

Usually, the network’s maintenance doesn’t kick players who are already logged on their accounts, and the ability to login during the downtime are only affected. But on Thursday, those who are even signed in with their accounts will be kicked out to pave way for this mysterious upkeep.

Obviously, many players are requesting some immediate answer from the community, asking for the cause of this “big maintenance”. Well, we gathered some of the possible reason of this update.

According to third-party sources, it’s most likely Sony is doing this update as a preparation to fix any bugs that may happen during the leap year jump which will occur on March 1. Just a refresher, this culprit caused a lot of headaches on the gaming community two years ago. According to wiki, the “leap year bug” strike on March 1, 2010 (UTC) in which players have experienced errors related to the internal clock of their PS3 console, causing some to lose their trophies while others claim they manage to bought paid digital downloads for free. It was said the firmware 3.40 improve the internal clock of PS3 to detect leap years, but perhaps, Sony doesn’t want to take any chances; hence, the long update this Thursday.

Interestingly, the latest tweet from Patrick Seybold (SCEA’s Community Boss) mentioned something about leap year (might be related with the maintenance or not), while other players tweeted this might be the probable cause.

Hopefully, SCEA will update the players more extensively rather than just giving their favorite lines. We’ll keep you guys updated.


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