Time for PlayStation Network maintenance. Why? Nobody knows! Well, that isn’t entirely accurate. I’m sure Sony knows why it’s temporarily taking away PlayStation Network access for millions of users today (March 9, 2011), but it just hasn’t revealed those motivations to the general public. This means everyone in North America and Europe just has to sit tight and make do with offline games. Dragon Age II just came out – go play that.
If you’re living in North America, prepare to go cold turkey for 11 hours. That’s how long our PSN maintenance will last. It starts at 11am EST/10am CST/8am PST. It will come back online again at 10pm EST/9pm CST/7pm PST. You can try logging into the network during that time period, if you want. It won’t do any good though. You won’t be able to play online games and you probably won’t connect to the PlayStation Store.
Europe’s PSN will also be down, though for a slightly longer period of time. If you’re in the UK, your PS3 and PSP won’t be able to connect to the network after 4:05pm today (March 9, 2011). If you’re willing and able to stay up, you can log back on and enjoy the service again at 3am on March 10, 2011. That makes this maintenance period just a little under 12 hours, which isn’t too bad. Once you pass the 10 hour mark, then another hour or two really doesn’t make much of a difference.
Please, please, please don’t let this be an indication of another PS3 or PSP firmware update. I’m just sick of those. Especially when it’s a meaningless update that doesn’t add anything new or important, and just means you’ll have to spend up to an hour not playing your PS3 so you can get online to play LittleBigPlanet 2 again. Sometimes I wonder if Sony just doesn’t release pointless firmware updates to mess with users.