The PlayStation Network will be down for maintenance on June 23, Thursday, affecting all PlayStation 4 users.
According to the PSN Network Service Status, routine maintenance and improvements will be carried out between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (your local time) on June 23rd, making certain services inaccessible, such as the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Video and Account Management. However, those who already have accounts can still sign into their PSN profiles, use most applications and play games while maintenance work is ongoing.
"We apologize for any inconvenience. We are working hard to reduce the duration of each maintenance," said the PSN Network Service Status.
Before the scheduled maintenance, it is recommended that users activate their PS4s as their primary consoles to ensure they can continue playing most games as well as access third-party services during the downtime.
To activate a PS4 console, users must be signed into their PSN profiles. Go to Settings, select PSN Account Management, choose Activate as Your Primary PS4 and press Activate. Activation only needs to be done once, so if you're already done in the past, there will be no need to repeat the process again before the June 23 maintenance.
PS4 users looking to upgrade their consoles can consider the PlayStation Neo. Recently confirmed by Sony, the Neo is reported to have greater overall performance capabilities than the PS4, running on an AMD GCN GPU that fully supports 4K-resolution video.
However, this doesn't mean that the PlayStation Neo will be running 4K games. According to reports, the 4K-support will only function to optimize 4K monitors. The console has been upgraded, though, so that means it will have no trouble running 1080p games currently in the market at max settings on a constant 60 fps rate and provide enough juice to accommodate VR graphics.
The PS4 also runs on an AMC GCN CPU, but it only offers 1.6GHz of processing power, is fitted with 18 CUs at 800 MHz for graphics and features 176 Gbps of memory bandwidth. The PlayStation Neo, on the other hand, will have a clock speed of 2.1GHz, 36 CUs at 911 MHz for graphics and 218 Gbps of memory bandwidth.
Sony's new console is reported to have $399 price tag, making it attractive to those looking to upgrade their consoles. Those looking to get their hands on a PS4 will also benefit from the coming of the PlayStation Neo, as the PS4 will surely experience a price drop when it arrives.