Players Report That PlayStation Network Is Down

1 February 2016, 1:17 pm EST By Robin Burks Tech Times
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Players using the PlayStation Network began reporting an outage as of Monday morning, in spite of the PSN's status page stating that all services are up and running as normal.

Reports of the outage began trickling in over at NeoGAF, with players posting about problems connecting to the network. Those forum posts also point out that others on social media have complained about not being able to connect to the network on Monday.

The issue seems to affect players worldwide, with reports coming in from Germany, the U.K. and the U.S., among other countries. We tested out the network on the PlayStation 4 here in the U.S. and also could not connect. Instead, the blue connecting screen kept spinning for some time before an error popped up stating that the network was down for maintenance.

The PlayStation Network status page, though, doesn't show that anything is amiss. Instead, the site posts a message that "all services are up and running."

This is the second notable outage of the year, with the last happening on Jan. 4 and lasting for nearly 12 hours. Sony apologized for that outage and offered PlayStation Plus subscribers (who cannot play the free PlayStation Plus games that come with that subscription when the network is down) an extra day on their subscriptions.

In December 2014, both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network got hacked, leaving those services down for many days. That left many players who received consoles over the holidays without a way to update those consoles or even use them. The hacking group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for those attacks.

With the "undergoing maintenance" message eventually popping up, it seems that Sony is possibly aware of the issue, but that would still make it odd that the PSN status page doesn't seem to realize that. Sony has, as of yet, not announced its awareness of the situation, but with players continuing to report problems, hopefully, if they don't know about it, they will soon and begin working on a fix.

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