PSN servers were down recently, as some reports of the outage affecting the network connectivity of PS4 systems all around the world.
The reports were posted by some unhappy gamers who couldn’t access Sony’s online service.
The current PlayStation Network status, according to the official PSN support page reads:
“You may have some difficulty launching games, applications, or online features. Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience.”
However, that message was updated over time.
One of the later iterations sounds like this:
“You may experience somewhat slower or delayed game downloads because we’re working with ISPs to manage download traffic.”
“We believe it’s important to do our part to address internet stability concerns as an unprecedented number of people are staying home and practicing social distancing. We appreciate the support and understanding from our community.”
Some gamers ended up being able to connect to the PSN and play their favorite games online. However, they still experienced issues with Parties functioning abnormally.
Also, many gamers reported that they are not able to chat together when playing an online game.
One user wrote:
“It says I’m appearing offline, and I’m online, and I can’t even join or make parties.”
The PlayStation Network is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox Live, as it features similar capabilities. It allows gamers to play online with their friends or random people, as well as chatting with them. Some early version of the PSN was launched on the PS2. However, the service gained popularity during the days of the PS3, when, unlike its rival from Microsoft, it was free to access, though it had many issues. The service experienced numerous mishaps over the year, but Sony always managed to solve them and sometimes even rewarded gamers for their patience with free games. We expect to see the service up and running again soon.