There’s nothing I hate more than a round of PlayStation Network maintenance. I know, it’s a necessary evil. Still, there’s always that worry that it will take longer than usual and/or that it will result in yet another firmware update. In the case of the January 17, 2013, we’re experiencing an extended outage. Sony claimed it would have the PlayStation Network maintenance done by around 8pm PST on January 17, 2013, it is now January 18, 2013 and there’s no end to the maintenance in sight.
The extended PlayStation Network maintenance period was announced via the official PlayStation Twitter account. A note went up last night saying that the network would be down until the morning of January 18. I’d say we’re well past the morning of January 18 and getting into the afternoon, so there goes that hope.
Sony’s PlayStation Twitter also says that updates will be announced. However, the feed has been silent since that January 17 tweet about the PlayStation Network maintenance. I get the feeling we won’t hear any other announcement there until the service is actually online again.
Which means your best source for PlayStation Network status is probably the Is PSN Down? website. It isn’t an official Sony website, but I’ve always found it to be quite accurate. It’s better than constantly checking your PS3 or Vita to see if the PlayStation Network maintenance is done yet.
In the meantime, go play some single player, offline games or read a book. I’m sure the PlayStation Network maintenance will be over by tonight.
Update: Well, way to prove me wrong and right Sony. The PlayStation Twitter just updated with a status report, proving me wrong because I bet we wouldn’t hear anything until it was already back up. However, the update said the PlayStation Network maintenance will end tonight, proving me right. So, let’s call it a wash.
Update 2: The PlayStation Network maintenance will end January 19, 2013. Some people may still have trouble logging in, but it has ended.