Make offline gaming or real life, outside plans for your free time on December 9, 2013, because you won’t be using the PlayStation Network. PSN will be down for maintenance. Sony has to do a little maintenance, and has sent up an alarm beacon to let people know ahead of time. That way, you can make other plans.
The PSN outage was announced on PlayStation Europe’s Twitter, but affects all regions. It will start at 4pm GMT, which is 11am EST/10am CST/8am PST here in the US. It will last approximately eight hours, which means everything should be back up and running at 12:00am GMT, or 7pm EST/6pm CST/4pm PST. It shouldn’t be too inconvenient, unless someone’s living in Europe.
When there’s PSN maintenance, it means there’s definitely no PlayStation Store access. However, in some cases of PSN outage, people can still play online multiplayer games as long as they’ve signed into the network a day or two before. Also, services like Netflix should function normally. Still, it would probably be a good idea to just make offline plans. That way, you won’t get frustrated by attempting to do something, and then finding you can’t.
And don’t worry about the prospect of PSN going down. This is maintenance Sony is initiating, and not some random outage. The company knows what they’re doing and, in the very worst case scenario, it’ll probably only be down a few hours longer than expected. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was even to help make the network better for all those holiday PS4 purchases. Better to have a brief outage now, then to have an extended, unexplained outage around Christmas when everyone is on vacation and expecting to enjoy a new console with family and friends. It just makes a lot more sense.
Source [PlayStation Europe on Twitter]