The PlayStation Network outages have been one of the hottest topics in the gaming world over the past weeks. Not only is Sony’s user-base angry at the fact that a service they make use of is down, but there is also a great deal of confusion and uncertainty surrounding the matter. No one is quite sure when the service will truly return in full capacity. In an effort to prepare for the restoration of the PlayStation Store, Sony will be taking the PlayStation Store down for maintenance today.
Promising that the service will only be down for a few hours today, users will be unable to sign in during the maintenance. For those of you that are already signed in when the work takes place, you will be able to continue playing online unhindered.
Sony states that this maintenance is another important step in ensuring that the PSN is restored back to full capacity in a timely manner. This includes the return of the PlayStation Store which Sony has confirmed will be back by the end of the week after weeks of speculation as to when the popular service would return.
While this is not the first time Sony has taken the PSN servers down for maintenance in order to prepare for the PlayStation Store’s return, since the week is already halfway over, this could be the last leg in Sony’s battle to return all of their services to consumers. With only a few days remaining in their promise, gamers everywhere are waiting with fingers crossed to receive some sort of solid information from Sony.
Regardless, Sony assures gamers that they are still on schedule to fully restore the PSN in most regions by the end of the week as promised. According to a statement from developer Gamelion, the restoration of the PSN may be coming any time between now and Friday. On their Facebook page, they stated that:
“Block Cascade Fusion is coming as Minis for PS3 and PSP to North America on 3rd June 2011!”
While this could simply be a statement of the game’s intended release date, it seems odd that the company would promise the release of their game through digital distribution without knowing that the PlayStation Store will in fact be restored in time for their game’s launch. It may just be wishful thinking, but hopefully for the sake of gamers everywhere Gamelion has provided an indication of when the service could return.
Sadly, users in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea will have to wait for a bit longer before they are able to make use of the PSN’s full functionality. No official date has been given for them yet.
With E3 2011 only a few days away, it’s great news for Sony that they will be returning full functionality to their online service just in time. It would have been disastrous to take the stage at their press conference with such a crucial component to their console out of commission. With all of the negative press that they have received over the course of this debacle, it will be interesting to see what they are able to present in order to capture the attention of the gaming industry.
Do you think that the PSN will really be back by this Friday? What do you think they will have to do to win back the support of consumers everywhere?