PSN down for maintenance today

PlayStation 3's online service will be offline for "several hours" so Sony can rejigger the PlayStation Network in preparation for the PlayStation Store's return.

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Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network will be offline for several hours today. According to Sony Network Entertainment vice president Eric Lempel (via the PlayStation Blog), the downtime is a necessary step to the "full restoration" of the online service, including bringing the PlayStation Store back online.

The PlayStation Network will be offline for part of Wednesday, June 1.

"During this maintenance period, users will be unable to sign in to PSN, though those that are already logged in should be able to remain online," said Lempel.

The announcement comes one day after Sony granted itself an extension to bring the PlayStation Store back online. Originally set for the end of May, the relaunch has since been pushed until the end of this week in the Americas, Europe, PAL territories, and most of Asia. The company has yet to announce a relaunch date for the store in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

With the return of the PS Store, gamers will have full access to Sony's online platform, allowing them to once again purchase and download games and movies, as well as buy in-game items and redeem vouchers and codes. This aspect of the store had been particularly problematic after the relaunch of online multiplayer, as some Online Pass games such as Codemasters' Dirt 3 could not be activated.

With the relaunch of the PS Store, Sony will also have restored full functionality to Qriocity's Music Unlimited on the PS3, PSP, and PC. However, Sony does not plan to fully restore Qriocity's Video on Demand service or Music Unlimited on Sony's other network-enabled devices. The company plans to provide a follow-up update for these services at a later time.

So far, the PlayStation Store has been offline for six weeks, following a cyberattack that resulted in the exposure of some 77 million PSN accounts and an additional 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment accounts. This week, Sony Network Entertainment president Tim Schaff is expected to testify before Congress to explain the security breach.

Following the restoration of service to the PS Store, Sony expects to roll out a Welcome Back program, in which PS3 and PSP users will be offered a selection of free games and other perks. Sign-ups have also begun for 12 free months of coverage in Debix's identity-theft protection program.

Discussion

239 comments
BloodHaven13
BloodHaven13

@k16campbell 360 over ps3 but nice try wit fanboy

AgentNala23
AgentNala23

Anyone having prob logging into ps home at this moment

delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

@blakeney Prolly cuz I was being sarcastic about not knowing the PSN was down ever. Like I lived under a rock the past month. That's rockist.

Zephol
Zephol

I have no trouble, so I give away killlzone 3 and Uncharted 2 is well

AceCometh
AceCometh

I'm in no hurry. I've already had to wait this long...

grimmr46
grimmr46

I can wait a couple more days for the store. It's going to be a very busy place for now.

Taoninja
Taoninja

The store is a bit buggy... Lots of errors, bad load times etc..etc..

Taoninja
Taoninja

The store is a bit buggy... Lots of errors, bad load times etc..etc..

sonicoblique101
sonicoblique101

it was like the griswald famly christmas Lights on the house when the store came up about 130 am eastern time. I was the only one up in my house when it happened nut no sign of welcome back package.

tony_hak
tony_hak

Today, I check sometimes i online in PSN & sometimes not.....but i sign in Playstation store too....but nothing is there in Compensation program....when we get the free two games?

acenitro
acenitro

which kind of diease you sony have?

acenitro
acenitro

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thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@SoYoung24 Wrong you don't pay for any of that. Microsoft uses that money to get you early and exclusive DLC. Where else would that money come from? And those deals aren't cheap by any means. So it definitely would not come out of Microsoft's own pockets. There's only one option....and yes that's the Live subscribers. Some of you need to jump of the "we pay for security" bandwagon. That's nothing but silly fanboy propaganda. Both are giant worldwide corporations, I'm pretty sure they can more than afford their own securities.

revway
revway

The store is just completely ****** up. "An error has occured", can't see any games, breaks, yitters and dies. Sometimes you can go into a menu, sometimes you can't. Thumbs up if you saw this one coming!

chaotic5555
chaotic5555

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shah500
shah500

what happened to the 30 day free subscription of ps plus membership

Gamma_Fit
Gamma_Fit

Store is Up! Thank you Based God ! XD

catsith
catsith

AHHHHHH how is this even possible?!

Tha_DRP
Tha_DRP

Finally... it has begun... :P

djseebee
djseebee

@Subnubbins, nice one but missing the daft punk soundtrack ;)

x_Xarion_x
x_Xarion_x

It's back!!! Downloading my DLC for LA Noire & Dirt 3!!!

yearof3000
yearof3000

StingrayX5@ Hell yea! *gives high five*

Subnubbins
Subnubbins

The Store. A digital shop. I tried to picture clusters of downloads as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? Ships, motorcycles? Were the circuits like freeways? I kept dreaming of a world I thought I'd never see. And then, one day... at 6.15am on 2nd June... I got in...

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

BEFORE the end of the week...take that haters.

kierwinyoung
kierwinyoung

YAY! that's a relief to hear! Sony's making very good progress! I wish this happened sooner. My patience just got an extension by hearing this!:)

wcooper
wcooper

I wonder how long the next delay will be at the end of the week.

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

lol...HaloPimp just jacked beachguys comment for his own selfish ways...shame on you Hpimp.

Xenomorphus28
Xenomorphus28

can't wait for the free games. already have Infamous, and am going to download LBP and Wipeout HD tomorrow.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@RatchetV1 @SoYoung24 Everyone knows PC is the best. There is nothing on consoles that can look as good as PC games do. Much better controls too with keyboard and mouse, if that isn't your thing then both 360 and PS3 controllers can be used on PC. The only reason to touch a console is for the occasional console only games. Only reason to pay for Live and use the 360 would be for games only on 360, and fanboys there has not been much recently as my 360 has just sat there untouched for a while.

sonicoblique101
sonicoblique101

YAWN Im so tired of this stuff from sony; I reall dont care about the free games or any of that stuff. I just wish sony would be honest about when they are going to restore their services instead of leading us on like this. for that matter if they really wanted to entice us with a welcome back package I wish they would give us a 50 dollar voucher so we can get what ever we want instead of what sony decides; personally I'm dying for some movie rentals and some arcade games. Thankfully I still have my 360.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@HaloPimp978 Nice job stealing someone else's comment without any consent bud.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Oddly enough I turned on my PS3 three times today (early in the morning, sometime in the afternoon, and just a couple of hours ago) and was logged on each time. I just hope and pray that the PSN is fully established on Friday so all of you sad and crazy people can resume normal life as you see it LOL The rest of us have been able to cope and function fine without it. It will be hard on those who feel empowered though by being able to clown the poor souls who are seriously distraught over this incident, they'll just have to continually mock with "remember when the PSN went down" references instead of direct bashing. Oh well, so goes the ups and downs of the lifeless LOL

White_wolf_eye
White_wolf_eye

@SoYoung24 I like both my systems, but the whole "free" thing on sonys thing still count, it wont be overlooked just because you say so, because paying 60$ every year for a service bombarded with ads is a bit unacceptable if you ask me(I love Xbox live and i dont mind the ads at all, but if your ganna get money for putting somuch **** on it then atleast make it free) and ratchet i hope you were trying to make a joke.

ElevenHandMan
ElevenHandMan

Welp, looks like it is time again to write a lengthy paragraph no one will read favoring one of the consoles over all other consoles. Honestly people, don't you get sick of talking to a computer screen?

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@QOSMSTR lol you just confirmed that the only reason why you are here is just to troll and that you are a fanboy. anyways I just can't wait until the store is up so I can get my 5 free psp games (3 for buying a psp go about 2 week before the server went down and the other 2 from the welcome back program)

godhand2010
godhand2010

ahh. i just hope they bring it back up fast. we had already waited the whole month of april to play online!

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

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RatchetV1
RatchetV1

@QOSMSTR & @SoYoung24 Sarcasm // sar,kazam // Noun: The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

s4sutler100
s4sutler100

The psn probably wont be up till after E3.

SoYoung24
SoYoung24

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QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

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davidsworld3
davidsworld3

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Rasu89
Rasu89

Since I have lost my patience for Sony to reboot PSN, I am going to wait without any expectations. If they postpone it this time, I just won't care anymore.