We have a word of warning to all PS3 and PS4 players now. Sony has given advance warning that the PSN will be down next week for another bout of maintenance. The big problem this time is that during the maintenance window, you will not be able to play games online.
Usually with PSN outages that we have seen in the past, PlayStation users are at least given the option of staying signed in with the network but this time it looks like there will be a cut off point and any user that is not signed in well in advance is going to lose the ability to play offline.
Sony has said that PSN will be down on Monday August 25 at 5.40pm UK time until Tuesday morning at 12.50am. That is a good 7 hours offline to deal with, meaning that the outage will occur in the US on Monday at 9.40am Pacific Time until 4.50pm, or 12.40am Eastern Time until 7.50pm.
During this time, we have been told that the following services will be unavailable: PlayStation Store on all devices, PlayStation Network Account Management, PlayStation Network Account Registration, Entertainment services, Online gameplay, Signing in via PAL PlayStation sites.
Sony hasn’t gone into detail on why they are taking PSN offline again, but hopefully with a 7 hour window it will be meaningful and could lead to some new features or extra stability down the road.
We have also seen conflicting reports suggesting that users will still be able to play online, but only if they keep signed into PSN at least 24 hours in advance. We’re yet to see this confirmed by Sony though, so just to be safe you may want to keep your console turned on and remain signed in at all times if you are desperate to play online.
We also remember Sony promising that the arrival of the PS4 with its PC-like architecture will mean an end to constant PSN maintenance windows like this, but obviously that has yet to materialise.
Are you surprised that Sony are still taking down the PSN for long amounts of time like this upcoming maintenance? Give us your predictions on what you think Sony will be doing during the outage.
Also See: PS4 5.50 update notes for March 8