PlayStation Network hit with outages

[UPDATE] Sony's online service facing multi-region technical snafu; service now back online.

Following the PlayStation Network's massive data breach and six-week downtime beginning in April, gamers are understandably skittish when it comes to downtime for Sony's online service. Alarm bells have sounded today, as Sony is currently experiencing unspecified technical issues that have brought PSN down.

PSN service restoration currently stands at TBD.

In a post to Sony Computer Entertainment America's Twitter feed, the electronics company acknowledged the outage but offered no additional comment on the matter. "We're aware that some of you are having issues trying to log into PSN. We're working to resolve the issue, and we'll update you here," Sony said around 9 a.m. PT.

Sony's European arm has reported similar network outages. "We're aware that PSN is currently unavailable and working with the technicians to find out when it will be restored. Apologies," Sony Europe said through its Twitter feed at around 8 a.m. PT. Three hours later, the studio offered an update on the situation, stating, "PlayStation Network engineers are working hard on restoring the service. However, we have no news on when it will be back online."

GameSpot has experienced hit-and-miss connectivity with the PSN this morning, with some editors' accounts unable to access the service and others experiencing suboptimal connection speeds. Sony had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment on the matter as of press time.

[UPDATE] Downtime notwithstanding, PSN users can breathe a sigh of relief, as Sony America has updated its Twitter feed to say that the service has now been brought back online. "PSN update: If you encountered issues logging in today, try logging in now. Apologies for the inconvenience!" Sony did not reveal a cause for today's network outages.

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Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

What TheGame said... its not like other services have gone down for extended periods of time in the past. I can't help but laugh at people that think they deserve something for a free service going down, or have the nerve to complain about it.

TheGame50401
TheGame50401

Listen to all of you people complaining about it being offline, it's not like you still can't play games offline, being able to co-op or multi-play online is just a perk and you actually should be thankful they don't decide to make you pay for their services....... So, stop complaing and whining about it bein offline for awhile and start enjoying the games for what they are.

GSuser10
GSuser10

People are only hating on Sony because of all the downed services they are experiencing and the hacking that took place, if those things never happened you would hear less complaining.

squidracerX
squidracerX

this wasn't even news..... our time warner telephone service went out for 5 hours the other day, that is way bigger news than this because you couldnt call for emergencies, and yet that didnt hit the news; not being able to log on to a video game for a couple of hours while 80% are at work and school? Not news.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

Of course Sony is not going to reveal the cause for the outage duct tape can only hold their servers together for so long.

Morde10668
Morde10668

Well you get what ya pay for, which for psn is nothing lol

Eric_VA
Eric_VA

heck, down for 3 hours, thats fine by me its a free service, and we can still brag that its free ;)

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I still get a chuckle at all my friends that used to brag about how they didn't pay for PSN, while I paid for XBox Live...."who's laughin now?" lol ha! (fyi, you'll be paying for it soon enough)

mcla_3
mcla_3

y is everyone hating on sony, microsoft could just as easily been haked i am not a fanboy but i would think that if microsoft was hacked everybody would blame it on the hackers and not the company because they dont want to feel like paying for online is a waist of money.

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

Keep up the good work Sony by sending your fan base to the 360.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

We should have gotten PS Plus for free for 1 day.

coop36
coop36

Man this is ridiculous. Hope few were affected by this.

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

Ridiculous for a Corporation the size of Sony and the exp they have in the industry, they are really just throwin consumers at the the 360!

pillar81
pillar81

I can't sign in on PS3 nor can I reset my password from the website.

metalkitten
metalkitten

ehm yeah i was not affected, why keep posting small stuff like that as news?

Codebreaker-X
Codebreaker-X

Wow. I didn't know PSN was down until after it was fixed,

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

@thebeachguy90 im just saying the reason my ps3 sits dormant whilst my xbox is constantly active is because of these features. sony COULD have made party chat an operating system feature, but they didnt. they were probably too focused on blu-ray at the time to consider functionality (not dissing the decision to use blu-ray)

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Tharkun89 Cause all of the RAM storage needed for those features are already used for the games that the console runs. If there was a problem with Mass Effect 2 that's developer fault, not the console. Developers need to patch that. Obviously that game was directly ported from Xbox since it was on that console first. And Xbox Live was down for about a week or two a few years back during the holidays. I don't remember PS3 or any other console that has had so much hardware problems like 360 has. Not bashing Xbox, just saying that it has it's flaws as well.

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

people keep saying the PS3 is a better more powerful console than the 360....but tell me why it cant even have party chat or listen to music while playing games? or why in Mass Effect 2, despite being on a blu-ray disk, the DLC was glitchy and actually graphically downgraded? oh and elephant in the room...xbox live has never been down for more than a few hours. explain to me why i own a ps3 when my xbox is already more reliable.

shnapoodle
shnapoodle

You know, I didn't even know it was off, cuz I've had no issues and with school I haven't even had the time to use it....

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Yes it is back online. But why so much trouble? Get your act together SONY!

Hyrule_Sage
Hyrule_Sage

Wow im glad this happened while I wasn't even playing PS3. I always find these disator breeches a bit entertaining when im not even suffering.

Raxyman
Raxyman

@Chickenesta I've started liking more PC since Valve didn't get into that dumb console war. Every single game Valve releases it's always multi-platform. Both 360 and PS3 aro consoles i own mostly for the exclusives now...

manunas96
manunas96

apologies. Thats all sony can give to me, after three weeks without the psn,THEY TAKE IT AWAY AWAIN. Apologies!

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

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shaks101
shaks101

The cause was a rat in the server room at Sony chewing the wires because it was hungry for wires...........

Fantasy_Dragon
Fantasy_Dragon

Um yeah, it's news when something unexpectedly goes down.

Trebblebase
Trebblebase

Are they going to report every PSN blip from now on?

SocialAnXieTy
SocialAnXieTy

It was just a tiny outage.. not worthy of news. The only reason this made news is because of what happened earlier this year, but it wouldn't be news were it Xbox Live. That just makes the whole thing kind of lame. Either way, wouldn't really affect me.. I use my PS3 a lot, but I never game online with it. I gave up trying to get the NAT type to Open, which hasn't been a problem on other consoles, but sticks on Type 3 on PS3. Laggy as hell and not even worth the time.

Chickenesta
Chickenesta

The PS3 is a fantastic entertainment station capable of so much. The 360 is dumber and less capable but has far superior multiplayer capabilities and better online functionality. I own both, it's the only way to get the best of what both have to offer. But I still prefer my PC above all else ;)

T_REX305
T_REX305

It's not a big really for me at least. I haven't played MP online in a while. Im trying to get my SP stuff done.

jhpeter
jhpeter

for some bucks you can have the Live monthly, comon even the wii is better to play online, i never had any problem playing Mario Kart online.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@thebeachguy90 would you believe swamptick thinks he is not a fanboy? same for that monson2152 guy

kaiserwky
kaiserwky

so which region does this outage affected?

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Stop getting so offensive, geez.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

It's obvious some of you just read the title and not a single word of the article -_-.

Kyran87
Kyran87

The only PS3 owners that say that they don't have XBox 360 because "we get the same service for free that you have to pay for." - you definitely have never owned an XBox 360. Nevertheless, even a free service shouldn't have such hiccups all the time. This is Sony we're talking about. It's not like they're any old shoddy company. They do need to calm down with all of the updates though. Too many of them decrease the amount of time available for people to play games.

winter_knights
winter_knights

ive been having problems for like a week. i thought it was my internet modem's problem. once again its psn..... great. im grateful i have my xbox 360 cuz i would be even more pissed of than i was.

Quandry
Quandry

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caossbr
caossbr

AGAIN?? oh well...at least i've downloaded things i need,not like last time wich i had to wait a month to download and play trine with friends. =(

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

How many here were actually affected by it?

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@FoxeoGames PSN isn't as "terrible" as people make it out to be. PSN is actually very reliable, it's the hack that has tarnished it's reputation. Before that, the only other time I remember PSN being down in my 4 years of owning a PS3 was the leap year bug that's it. This right here was just a technical difficulty. Technical difficulties are common in technology, technology isn't perfect, all we can do is fix them when they occur. It's fixed now and we're back online, no big deal. Xbox Live has been down before also.

Marky360
Marky360

@FoxeoGames You've gotta be kidding me why in the hell would you want Sony to charge for online thats just dumb I have both a playstation 3 and a Xbox 360 and I pretty much never play Xboxlive because I'm not about to pay for something I get for free anyways. just because the PSN went down for 5mins doesn't mean that Sony service is any worse then Xboxlive hell there's been plenty of times I've tried to connect to Xboxlive only for it to say the that network is down it just happens but I'm sorry there's nothing MS could do to make me wanna switch to xboxlive as my Primary online network.

alien33
alien33

Why an article about this? This has happened several times in the past and lasted for a few hours. So what? Gamespot is always trying to find something bad to write about Sony...

PseudoElite
PseudoElite

It's funny how offended Playstation users are by this news. Sheesh, get a grip, you're only baiting flamers who thrive on this kind of stuff. Just enjoy your PSN.

Loosenut
Loosenut

Well maybe we can get a few more free downloads from this. I am thinking that getting a 3G Vita might not be that great of an idea if I have to pay for service that is going to crash.

FoxeoGames
FoxeoGames

Let's face it... is it not worth paying a small premium for your online service to avoid this kind of crap? How many times has the PSN gone down or experienced problems preventing people from using it? Xbox Live has been, as far as I'm aware, completely uninterrupted and working almost flawlessly at all times. I've NEVER had a problem logging in and playing online. It's well worth the price for the stability and dependability. Don't get me wrong, I'm not an Xbox 360 fanboy. The PS3 is a great system, but they just need to start charging for the online service so they have the money and support to keep the network stable and consistent.

Melas300
Melas300

A question: is this the first time psn is down? No, then why should this be written in an article? I mean, people just want to start new flames, that's all.