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PSN friends list problems, loading slow

Sony hasn’t confirmed problems with the PSN friends list loading slow on PS4 and PS3 systems, but we’ve been informed by several users of these consoles that all report a very slow loading friends list right now. It also doesn’t look like PSN is down today, and the official status page just lists the service as online.

One of Product Reviews readers stated, “My PSN is taking forever to load the friends list and also the messages just won’t load”. This reader was supported by many others, including this comment “It looks like PSN just wiped my friends list, they are all missing”.

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We logged on with a PS3 and PS4 to run a few tests in the last hour. Both systems had a very slow loading PlayStation Network, we couldn’t even load messages as well. We’ve reached out to Sony for comment on the friends list problems, but it’s not clear if they are aware of these issues.

Are you able to sign-in to PSN right now and if so, how is your friends list loading? If it’s slow, let us know what console you are using and when these problems started for you.

Update: It’s very clear that PSN isn’t down anymore, but the hundreds of tweets reveal users can’t see their friends list and can’t add people to party’s.

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of product-reviews.net; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

Daniel now spends his time keeping an eye on the latest technology and business trends. Also developing other blogs/news sites in the entertainment and business industries.

Contact Daniel Chubb: daniel@product-reviews.net

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John Blue
John Blue

November 29, I’ve had slow loading messages for months after months now and recently just got even worse. I’ve waited 30 minutes now to get a few messages to load… Friends list works much better now though (there were issues earlier)

Tvmt
Tvmt

I have a PS3 and one of my id takes forever to load messages even freezes up my system at time shen I try to access my messages,

the domis
the domis

I’m having problems in October 16

Reece
Reece

My friends list Isn’t working fix it

Bubab-bertie13
Bubab-bertie13

I have a ps4 and it’s not loading my friends list please help!

Asuka Kitsune Matsuyama
Asuka Kitsune Matsuyama

it only affecting my ps4 & vita my friends ceo u better fix it server people

Danny
Danny

mine works fine..?
no lagging fast and loads quick, send message quick too?

BlindMango
BlindMango

Problems with the friends list is a real thing to those laughing at the issue. The other day I was having serious issues adding friends or with friends adding me (though that was only for two days and it works fine now, probably a server issue). There are people with a higher number of friends who cannot view everyone on their list or accept real name requests (People like Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty from IGN that have been complaining about that issue for the past year with no fix). I hope Sony gets around to fixing the friends list… Read more »

ImOnaDrugCalledSheen
ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

OH NO!!! The sky is falling, the world is coming to an end cause my friends list loaded slowly, that’s it I’m throwing away my PS4 and running right out and buying an appboxOne I need a new tv control box anyway.

Josh101
Josh101

Have any of you tried port forwarding? Google “Sony Firewall port numbers” and write them down. Go to your router settings and forward your ports to directly connect to Sony servers. It has helped tremendously for me.

Guest
Guest

Truly the PoS NOTwork. Such a drag with all their lies and overhype that don’t deliver.

Da GeeZ
Da GeeZ

It’s ok, I’m sure the next ps4 firmware update will ‘improve stability’, everyone calm down sony are on the case.

gamer4life79
gamer4life79

Been having this problem for a few months now. I have 760 “friends” so maybe that’s the problem. It sucks cuz I can’t even load their name to send an invite so I ask them to send me one. Yes, I can send messages to whoever sends me messages but the name won’t load on anything but messages. Regardless I’ll deal with it as long as I have to. Not really a huge deal but really annoying. I thought my internet was to blame but most time I have a 20+ download speed and that’s way more than enough to… Read more »

James Fitzgerald
James Fitzgerald

I noticed this problem aftet the last stability update and then the launch of destiny ita like they dont have enough capacity for the games and psn.

Dennis Crosby
Dennis Crosby

That suck hopefully Sony gets this fixed soon

Theo Morris
Theo Morris

It used to work fine, but I also noticed this the past 3 weeks.

DIGITALxALCHEMIST
DIGITALxALCHEMIST

My friends list has been broken since launch i have 407 friends cant get past G without it crashing everytime hope 2.0 update fixes it

Sean Carbutt
Sean Carbutt

Same here, South Africa. Heck I couldn’t even see my PS4 shall we call it “task bar”

Luanne Viqueira
Luanne Viqueira

Its soo slow mine wont load at all!! Can’t even see my profile or my notifications. Sony I love you but this is just not fair! Its always slow but now its just stuck.

Nasa
Nasa

My friends list is also very slow or doesnt load at all. Cannot search for players to add though or send a message, the PS4 says no results found (although its exact username with uppercase and all) and the app says the server timed out when adding.

Troy
Troy

My tropes won’t load on PS3.

Lewis
Lewis

My friends list is really slow on PS4, I try to send a message but it just won’t work.

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