Millions of players around the world delve into the PlayStation network every day to enjoy video games and if the network is down for even a fraction of a second, it can cause huge distress. There are regular maintenance that take down the PSN, and then there are external reasons that can cause users to experience downtime with the PlayStation Network.
Over the past hour, there has been an increase in reports that the PlayStation network is down or not working. In this post, we will show you how to check the PlayStation network status and news from Sony on the current issue.
Sony Blames External, Internet-Wide Issues for PSN Being Down
While a lot of players are experiencing connectivity issues with the PSN, you should note that the majority of players are still able to play games and use the PSN as usual. Sony has confirmed on the official site that the PSN being down is due to external, internet-wide issues. Here is what’s on the official site:
PlayStation Network services are up and running, but there are external, internet-wide issues that might affect your experience. Once these external issues are resolved, you should have no problem connecting to PlayStation Network.Sony
Usually, the external reason can be a particular game server being down, but in this case, users playing a variety of games from different developers are facing the issue. The most affected users seem to be from the UK. We will update the post when we hear more about the reason for the downtime.
How to Check PlayStation Network Status
There are various ways to check the status of PSN, but the first thing you should do is visit the Official PSN Status Page. Here, you can check if the servers are down or if any other maintenance going on.
Sometimes, the official page will not report issues with the PSN, in that case, going over to Downdetector is the logical thing to do. At Downdetector, you can check the times when the PSN has been down and scroll down to read user comments who have also been reporting issues.