Update: PSN is down on Sunday, and the problems with playing some online games are now being reported by users. Here’s what we know about the outage.
PSN is down with a major outage right now, according to Sony’s official PlayStation Network status page – and the fact that we can’t log in to some online games today. It’s affecting all consoles, including PS5, PS4, PS3 and the PlayStation Vita.
“You might have difficulty launching games, apps, or network features,” confirms Sony’s official PSN status page. The company is trying to fix PSN, saying, “We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
Is PSN down for you? I’m seeing a PlayStation Network outage on PS4 (for some online games) – maybe it’s the sudden surge of lucky PS5 buyers who got their console this weekend? My fault 😂https://t.co/qvQZU4GXcZFebruary 28, 2021
Good news: only certain PSN games won’t function online. PlayStation Plus and other online games run seamlessly. Bad news, you can’t do anything but wait for Sony to resolve problems with PSN and the PlayStation Store if it’s affecting the games you’re looking to play online.
When did PSN go down? Days ago, say some users
Sunday’s ongoing PSN outage actually started a few days ago, according to the company’s status page. There’s a timestamp attached to the posting, suggesting PSN went down on Friday, February 26. However, user complaints on Twitter seem to predate Sony’s official timestamp by at least 24 hours.
It’s not clear how many online games are down right now due to the PSN outage, judging from Sony’s language and our own experiences. Xbox Live went down last week and Microsoft disclosed much more granular information on its status page.
PSN is down and the outage now spans at least three days, but this isn’t the first or longest downtime for Sony’s online gaming network.
Famously, PSN went down in 2011 for 24 days, plus an additional 42 days for the then-budding PlayStation Store. In that much more dire case, it was later confirmed that hackers had exploited PSN and exposed users’ information, according to Sony. Today’s PSN outage seems to be unfortunate weekend downtime.