Sony and the official Ask PlayStation Twitter account have announced that PSN will be going down tonight for scheduled maintenance. The official start and end times are 9pm-11pm Pacific, which would be 12am-2am Eastern. While the notice is welcome, it is a little bit odd for them to make the announcement only a few hours before the maintenance was scheduled to start. Unfortunately PlayStation fans are likely familiar with the sporadic outages at this point, so one more won’t be too much of a surprise. Hopefully whatever work is being done will help with the semi-frequent outages that PSN has been experiencing as of late.
Update: We will be performing maintenance on the PSN tonight, 10/30, from 9pm – 11pm Pacific.
PSN has had a few outages recently, the first of which was initiated by the hacker group Lizard Squad. Since then there have been a few more instances of downtime, but no reason has usually been given. Presumably Sony is still dealing with the ramifications of the original attack, or simply trying to build up their network more to support the growing number of PS4 owners.
If you wish to keep an eye on the network during this time, you can always check out the official PSN status page here. They have posted a notice about the upcoming maintenance there which states:
In order to continue to deliver you the best online games experience, we will be performing maintenance on Thursday, October 30. This maintenance will start at approximately 9pm Pacific and end around 11pm PDT.
During this maintenance period, you may receive a message that states “Sony Entertainment Network is undergoing maintenance” when attempting to access the PlayStation Store or PlayStation Home.
We will update you with any changes that may occur with this scheduled maintenance. If you would like to receive a notice when PSN is fully restored, be sure to follow the official PlayStation Twitter account and our support Twitter account, @AskPlayStation.