PSN Issues Surface as Minecraft Launches on PS4

Minecraft arrived on PS4 today, and it didn't take long before PSN starting experiencing problems.

After initially failing certification, the long-awaited PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft has launched today on the PlayStation Store. It's probably no coincidence that, not long after it went live, the PlayStation Network began experiencing a variety of issues.

Users on Twitter and NeoGAF are reporting they are having issues when attempting to connect to PSN; this includes receiving the error code NP-36147-1. I, for one, can't do anything involving PSN, such as viewing my friends list or accessing the PlayStation Store.

The official Twitter support account for Twitter has confirmed the issues. "We are aware that there are currently some issues with accessing PSN," a tweet sent out this afternoon reads. "Thanks for your patience as we work to resolve the issues."

Another tweet acknowledges issues involving Minecraft for PS4, but doesn't outright connect its launch to the PSN problems. "If you are having issues getting or accessing Minecraft for the PS4, please try again later," it advises. "We are looking into the issues."

We've contacted Sony to find out more and will report back with anything we learn.

PSN was recently subjected to a DDoS attack that brought it down temporarily. After being brought back online, it again suffered from connectivity issues, though things have been working better since the end of August.

Minecraft is available on PS4 for $20, or just $5 if you own the PS3 version. This is the second time Minecraft has come to a PlayStation system, following last year's PS3 release. Despite being several years old at this point, Minecraft has been the top-selling PS3 game on the PlayStation Store every month since its release, and sales on other platforms have shown little sign of slowing. An Xbox One release is coming tomorrow, with a PlayStation Vita release still in the works.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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gllamas
gllamas

The official Twitter support account for Twitter has confirmed the issues. "We are aware that there are currently some issues with accessing PSN,"

Wow, I didn't know that Twitter works on PSN connectivity issues!

-_- 

melodysan
melodysan

Is there or will there be any effort to cross platform PC and PS4 Minecraft for vanilla play? Will PS4 owners and PC owners ever be able to play survival together?

geekasauruswrex
geekasauruswrex

That's what happens when you rush the game out a day ahead of the competition to "surprise" everyone

*3 Dog vvoice*

"Well go KA-BOOM it did!*

megakick
megakick

PSN not stable? You don't say?

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

wow this article reeks of eddie makuch how did he miss this chance to tr0ll the fanb0ts lol

grognard66
grognard66

If Minecraft is enough to take down PSN I wonder how many days it will be down when Destiny launches.

vadagar1
vadagar1

lol 


the whole network cant handle what my PC can do alone LOLOLOL

bzrigger
bzrigger

Interesting.  I logged in last night to PSN about 7pm EDT.  Bought the game and was playing in less than 15 minutes.  Was the problem localized to a particular region?

blackothh
blackothh

It seems that every time an online game launches, everybody forgets about the last online game to be released to some degree of networking failure. Has nobody paid attention to what causes these problems?

tom2750
tom2750

it seems Xb0ts have short term memory the Xbox one had multiple online problems while the PS4 online was working perfectly multiple times so far in this gen

taker48
taker48

To all my PS4 friends... This is nothing to worry about. When Destiny launches, I'll be on this blog, describing how great the online experience is playing Destiny on my XBOX ONE. ;)

theambrose
theambrose

Most online/online only games on Day 1 are plagued with server issues. Has everyone forgotten Diablo 3 launch day on PC? I was unable to play at all on Day 1 and it took nearly a week for me to play the game without any connection issues. 

Palantas
Palantas

How does one game break the network?

meedokicky
meedokicky

Logged in about an hour ago. I however got disconnected after a few minutes, I thought it was my connection...

skiggy34
skiggy34

Can you imagine if this crap happens when Destiny launches?  All the Xbox gamers will be playing and all the PSN players sitting with their controllers in their hands doing nothing??  Thats an ALWAYS ONLINE game! I own btoh new gen consoles but definitely glad I grabbed Destiny for Xbox One...

chippiez
chippiez

@melodysan Nope.  Never.  And I would be surprised if MineCraft gets the same TLC on PS4 that it will get elsewhere.  Or if Sony will even keep it in their store.  Microsoft may start charging Sony 20$ for every copy they want to sell.  Given the nature of MineCraft though, I fully expect Microsoft to actually play nice and fully support it on PS4, so long as Sony is cooperative.  But don't expect cross platform play because of the client/server architecture differences.  

skiggy34
skiggy34

@grognard66 I have both consoles and I am happy I preordered on Xbox One...  I would be upset if at 12:30am Tuesday morning when I just got home from gamestop I couldn't log on to play Destiny....  I hope psn can take it...

mike3522
mike3522

@vadagar1 Your PC hosts and launches servers and popular games for the millions online ? Wow, that's impressive...... -_- GTFO, you and the rest of the 4000 total pc gamers. 

blackace
blackace

@tom2750 LOL!! Joke of the day. XBL had one major issue this year that was fixed in under 24hrs. PSN has been down a whole lot more this year then XBL. PSN wasn't the best when it was FREE and it's still not the best when you're paying for it.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@taker48 Because the Xbox One hasn't had any problems with their network during the launch of major titles...  Oh wait!  It did.

Fanboys will be fanboys.

tom2750
tom2750

@taker48 it's funny because the Xbox live for Xbox one has stuffed up more times this gen so far then PSN for PS4

blackace
blackace

@theambrose Well PC is a different story all together. The SIMS had serious issues. PC always has online issues with launch titles. Game consoles usually don't unless it's a very popular game.

Master_Of_Fools
Master_Of_Fools

@skiggy34 "I own both New gen consoles" You make it sound like you don't count the Wii U as 8th gen.

xeidog69
xeidog69

@skiggy34 Actually the issue is more than likely not going to be applicable except for those downloading destiny from PSN. The servers for destiny are not hosted by sony however and are hosted by bungie/activision so its more than likely going to be the other way around as XONE has a day one patch to make it 1080p and such. every XONE player will have a decent size update before being able to play at all. so if minecraft servers are being hosted by Sony than yes that combined with all those downloading the game will have an effect on the gameplay and connectivity issues are gauranteed. No differant for microsoft though as when destiny went live in beta on both consoles the downloads of the file caused issue for both companies.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@skiggy34 It's been handling big games for many years now.  I'm sure it'll be fine.  Both Xbox Live and PSN have been experiencing issues.  It's early in a new gen.  It'll happen.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@mike3522 @vadagar1 ROFL. I wasn't aware 4000 and 100+ million were the same number.


Seems to me my paycheck should have several more 0's on it if that's the case. GTFO peasant.


Not to mention even with PS3 and PS4 combined, PC gamers still outnumber them. Are you that dumb that you think all pc gamers use steam?

jellyman68
jellyman68

@mike3522 Headline from October 2013: "Steam rises to 65 million active users, eclipsing Xbox Live".

Vylsith
Vylsith

@blackace @tom2750 Xbox Live has been down a lot more than once so far this year.  From the gaming articles on it alone it's been down 5 or 6 times.  Someone isn't paying attention.  New consoles create problems with networks.  It happens.  They'll work better later.  Stop making it one sided.  It's not.

Sohaim
Sohaim

@Staranime010 @tom2750 i do, at Titanfall launch, and btw they even told everyone that it had nothing to do with people logging in the game, which i dont believe, stop being a fanboy.

grognard66
grognard66

@tom2750 @taker48  I have both and, no, Live isn't nearly as bad as PSN.  Yes, there have been a few, quick hiccups, but nothing like PSN downtime.

taker48
taker48

@xeidog69 @skiggy34 UHM..You still need PSN in order to play online.. We all know Xbox live is superior compared to PSN, don't kid yourself

Vylsith
Vylsith

@grenadehh If you include grandma and grandpa playing Farmville then sure.  If you're talking AAA games you're dead wrong.  I think you know that though.  The peasant comment is completely juvenile.  Grow up kid.  I like playing on my PC as well.  I also own a few consoles.  They all have great games.  I like gaming for the sake of gaming.  Apparently you don't.

Omojo
Omojo

@grenadehh I'm gonna come with my unlimited armada of mobile gamers and destroy your PC. #MobileWomanRace

Vylsith
Vylsith

@jellyman68 @mike3522 And yet AAA games always sell better on consoles...  Look, I have a gaming PC as well, but let's stop pretending consoles didn't become more important to AAA developers a long time ago.  It happened.  Play on the platform you choose, and just let the rest go.  I have no idea why PC elitists feel the need to belittle everyone else.  It gets old.  I own a gaming PC and quite a few consoles.  I enjoy everyone I own.  No idea why PC elitists can so completely fail to see the great value in many exclusives on consoles.

mike3522
mike3522

@jellyman68 @mike3522 Vs. Sony's 110 million active users. Thanks for the info. Clearly you can't tell when someone is being sarcastic. It's ok though.     

Vylsith
Vylsith

@taker48 @xeidog69 @skiggy34 Destiny alpha and beta worked absolutely fine on the PS4.  Extremely low latency and didn't get kicked once.  I'm not worried.  Thanks for being worried for me though.  <3

By the way, being a fanboy is okay.  Passing off opinion as fact is not okay.  For your own sake, please stop it.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@mike3522 It's very difficult to tell online. Sarcasm is usually used to make a point, and when somebody claims to be sarcastic but doesn't make a point it renders their words indistinguishable from those meant sincerely.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@Master_Of_Fools @PhoenixArisal And for our next opinion we turn to a Nintendo fanboy on Gamespot's comment section...  Tell us why your opinion is more important than everyone else's.  =D

mike3522
mike3522

@jellyman68 @mike3522 So you couldn't catch the sarcasm in "4000 pc gamers" ? Hmm, interesting..........."pc master race". LOL

Vylsith
Vylsith

@pharoe777 @tom2750 @taker48 @xeidog69 @skiggy34 While he's over exaggerating the situation, both consoles have had network issues since launch.  It's relatively minor overall for a console launch.  PSN works fine the vast majority of the time.  Let's not make a mountain out of an anthill.  More than likely, the Destiny launch will be fine on both consoles.  So tired of the fanboy stupidity.  PSN isn't crap.  It works fine.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@mike3522 It helps to be clearer about these things when so many people are stupid enough to say something like that and actually mean it.