Don’t even bother trying to log into the PlayStation Network when you get home today, if you live in North America or Europe. It’ll be an exercise in futility. The system is down. You can still enjoy all the offline goodness, but you won’t be able to get online for a little while, until Sony fixes things.
Both the North American and European broke the unfortunate news today. At first on April 20, 2011, both blogs had a rather vague and short message stating that Sony was aware of PSN outages and was working to remedy the situation and provide more information. Then, earlier this morning, the @PlayStationEU Twitter feed stated the European PSN was down for maintenance. The most recent update came only recently today (April 21, 2011) on the PlayStation Blog Europe, stating that the PSN problems were still being investigated by Sony personnel and didn’t rule out outside interference as the cause of the problems.
Well, it looks like the hackers have hit Sony again. Which means everyone else has to suffer because of a few individuals. I suggest grabbing an offline, single-player game or maybe a good book. Sit back and relax today to enjoy some me time. Or, call up a friend and play a local multiplayer game.
It seems like the European PlayStation Blog and Twitter are being updated more often, and with more information, so you may want to bookmark those pages and check them throughout the day for updates.
Update: Scratch that – the North American PlayStation Blog has just been updated again. Sony’s still trying to figure out what’s wrong with the PSN and wants all PS3 and PSP owners to know the outage may last few a few days.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 12:15pm CST on April 21, 2011 to note that Sony had released an update on the situation at the PlayStation Blog.