Sony made a public service announcement, letting console owners that the PlayStation Network (PSN) will see some maintenance time on April 19.
On Tuesday, Sony's teams will tweak and do maintenance work to the ecosystem, with the operation scheduled to take place between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. (your local timezone). Users should keep in mind that all services and systems might suffer from the outage. This means that PlayStation Store, the PS Vita, the PS3 and the PS4 are subject to possible glitches and hiccups.
Sony points out that the nuisance will be kept to a minimum for all users.
According to the OEM, account owners will still be able to play games after they sign in to their PlayStation Network profile. Also, most applications will be good to run while this maintenance is underway. However, there are a few areas that will be off-limits for the duration of the maintenance. These are Account Management, PlayStation Store and PlayStation Video.
This means that those who are eager to make purchases during the early hours of the morning will have to boost their patience stack until 9:31 a.m. In spite of Sony's assurances that all will be stable during the maintenance, we advise you to put the controller down for the two-hour interval. Maybe even get some sleep?
It is not the first time when Sony uses the early morning hours to schedule its maintenance. Last year, the company scheduled an upkeep window between 4:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. (GMT time), as European users were having trouble with the PSN.
In order to use your console during the upkeep phase, Sony recommends fans to activate their PS4 as primary console before the outage begins.
It is easy to do so: simply sign in to your PlayStation Network profile, click on "Settings," go to "PlayStation Network/Account Management," find "Activate as Your Primary PS4" and click on "Activate." The activation only needs to be done once.
Sony says that its entire team is committed to keeping the PlayStation Network services up and running seven days a week.
"[O]ccasionally we must take PlayStation Network offline to perform essential maintenance and implement feature enhancements," Sony notes.
The company swears that all efforts are concentrated to reducing the time-period dedicated to the maintenance process, without sacrificing quality.