Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network will be undergoing maintenance next week, though thankfully it will be very brief. They revealed that it will take place on Wednesday, October 26th and will run from 7:30 am to 8:30 am local time.
“Anyone who already has an account can still sign in to their PlayStation™Network profile, play games and use most applications while this maintenance is carried out,” says Sony. “You will not be able to access Account Management, PlayStation Video, and PlayStation Store during this maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience. We recommend activating your PS4™ as your primary console before maintenance begins so you can continue to play most games and use 3rd party services during maintenance.”
They conclude by saying that “We strive to ensure that PlayStation™Network services are available at all times, but occasionally we must take PlayStation™Network offline to perform essential maintenance and implement feature enhancements. We are working hard to reduce the duration of each maintenance operation.”
The extremely short maintenance time and the fact that you can still sign in during it means that this is definitely one of the least-intrusive ones that Sony has done.