This was eventually fixed in 2009 in Firmware Update 3.00, when the Japanese giant announced the solution as part of its patch notes: “When you press the PS button, the battery life indicator will no longer cover up the clock.” There was much jubilation on enthusiast message boards, as you can probably imagine.
But in what is surely a nod to the old bug of old, the PS5 user experience demonstration shows how the DualSense’s battery indicator will once again obscure the clock when you boot the console up:
We’re going to go out on a limb and assume this is just an Easter egg for long-time PlayStation fans, reminding them of those days when they used to battle with the PS3’s covered clock. After all, no company would make the same mistake twice, would it? Surely not!