There is supposed to be PSN maintenance scheduled for this Monday. As of right now, the service seems to be down a day early for everyone.
A NeoGAF poster noted this first and wondered if this was just for the PSN for UK users. It appears now the PSN is down for almost everyone right now as of time of writing. It doesn’t matter if you have a PS3, PS4 or PS Vita either. The whole PSN seems to be down.
If you go to Twitter right now as well, a lot of people are noticing the service is down. This even includes many people from Japan too. This is not a common occurrence, but hopefully things will be fixed very soon.
In case you want to know, scheduled maintenance for PSN isn’t supposed to happen until Monday August 25th. For most people (especially in North America), it’s still Sunday August 24th. Again, this could just be something small, but lots of users are slightly worried that the PSN service seems to not be working worldwide.
Hopefully the PSN isn’t down for as long as it was back in 2012. The outage lasted for 24 long days thanks to hackers and other issues.
We will update this story once the PSN is back. Hopefully it won’t be too long.
Update: A group called “Lizard Squad” are apparently taking responsibility for the PlayStation Network down time in what is allegedly from a DDOS attack on the network. As of this update, PSN is down and “under maintenance”. It’s unclear whether the network will be back up ahead of the originally scheduled maintenance. Sony’s issued an official response via Twitter: “Our engineers are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them. We’ll keep you posted — sorry for the inconvenience.”
Update 2: Sony has issued the following statement regarding the downtime, confirming that the network was taken down by “artificially high traffic” aka a DDOS attack.
“Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.
Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.
We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.
We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.”
Update 3: Sony issued a new statement that the PSN is finally returning back online. It will be a slow process so don’t expect it to return quickly.
Ask PlayStation tweeted the following message:
“Sony Network Ent. has reported that PSN service is returning, but you may experience slowness or login issues as the network stabilizes.”