The amount of trust, information, and, more importantly, money people provide to services like PSN and Xbox Live leads to the expectation that these things will work 100% of the time. Of course, if history has taught us anything, it’s that everything is vulnerable, and while many probably don’t think about it, adding personal info to an account is a bit of a risk.
The PlayStation Network is no stranger to suddenly going down and being unresponsive for a few days, but with the amount of maintenance it goes through, one would hope these events would happen less frequently. They haven’t. But Sony and the millions of PSN users persevere, because the former’s a dedicated bunch, and Sony has done relatively well when it comes to apologizing for the inconveniences.
Both parties will have to persist once more, however, as PSN went down earlier today, and was largely inaccessible for many people. As of this writing, the issues are still lingering about, with the Ask PlayStation Twitter account informing everyone they’re aware of what’s going on, and are looking into it.
Meanwhile, a message on the PlayStation status page reads:
“You may be experiencing issues related to signing in or creating an account on PlayStation®Network. We appreciate your patience while we address this.”
Upon first inspection, the issues could be due to the massive amount of PSN users hoping to take advantage of the latest Flash Sale. Quality games across the PS4, PS3 and Vita for under $5? Why wouldn’t a lot of people start shopping and downloading at the same time? Its been known to happen before, after all.
According to Forbes, however, hacker group Lizard Squad is claiming to be behind the mess, though their involvement hasn’t been entirely confirmed. It wouldn’t be the first time the group brought PSN down and online activity to a screeching halt, though, as they once did last year to both PSN and Xbox Live.
It’s very likely that Lizard Squad actually has nothing to do with this, but simply wants to add today’s issues to their ever-growing resume without spending the effort. The aforementioned Flash Sale is the more likely culprit, and things will hopefully calm down within the next several hours. As of the time of writing, we’ve been able to access the browser version of the PS Store just fine.
If this does turn out to be something larger and more concerning, the PlayStation and Ask PlayStation Twitter accounts appear to be the best places to keep on eye on. Lets all exercise patience this time around.