PS4's PSN Servers Down Again [Update: Back Online]
Servers are down for those trying to play at least some PS4 games.
Update: PSN's issues that cropped up on Thursday night (US time) appear to have returned. Players have reported being unable to connect to PSN and thus having no access to online games. Sony confirmed on Twitter that it's aware of the issues affecting PSN's servers, and its status page further reaffirms this. As with Thursday's server problems, this again is limited to PS4, and the page says, "You may have some difficulty launching games, applications, or online features. Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience." We'll report back with any further developments. [Update: PSN's status page reports that "all services are up and running."]
Original Story: If you're unable to play a game right now on PS4, it may not just be you. Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Network is currently suffering from issues which may specifically impact your ability to get online and play games. [Update: The issues with the PlayStation Network appear to be fixed now, according to the PSN Status website.]
"We're aware that users are having issues accessing some features on PSN," Sony said through its official Twitter support account. "Thanks for your patience as we investigate." It doesn't offer any further specifics, but a look at PSN's status page identifies the Gaming And Social services as being the problem area. The message there states, "You may have some difficulty launching games, applications, or online features. Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience."
A variety of game developers have also noted the problems facing players of their games, including Bungie with Destiny 2. It's unclear what's causing the issue, though the biggest event of the day is no doubt the launch of Fortnite Season 5, which brought a major new update and all sorts of changes and additions to the popular battle royale game. That game is facing what appear to be its own, unrelated issues on PS4, as Epic's status page notes that some players are unable to join a party with their friends. Across all platforms, the game is also facing in-game voice chat problems.
We'll report back as new details are shared.