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PSN down on Monday affects online play

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.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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buuuurnnnn
buuuurnnnn

Its been attacked by the lizardsquad hahahar. Check their twitter 🙂

Jeffrey A. Brewer Jr.
Jeffrey A. Brewer Jr.

I can’t even watch Hulu or Netflix because of PSN being down. WTF????

james Anderson
james Anderson

Its really annoying that Sony keeps doing this, they should give us free games like last time

Thomas Temple
Thomas Temple

Psn down

nick
nick

It’s down Sunday ? Instead of Monday ! 😡

howellcom
howellcom

If it’s scheduled for Monday, why is it down now?

Sinestro
Sinestro

How long will this be down for?

adz7957
adz7957

me too wtf thought this was not happening till tomorrow?

Josh
Josh

When’s it back up?

Aaron
Aaron

What time is the PSN shedualed to be back online in the UK?

dolie904
dolie904

Yeah mine is down too

dan
dan

My psn is already offline… cant sign in

imjuzta_GIRL
imjuzta_GIRL

Are they deleting modders?
Or ksa

Mk333
Mk333

Is this affecting PSN Asia as well?

just_me
just_me

I don’t care how long it’s OFFLINE, as long they gonna improve it. It can be offline even 24 hours

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