Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) has once again caused a headache. On Tuesday, PlayStation gamers took to social media in outrage over yet another downtime of PSN. The downtime affected online games, the store, apps, messaging, and their trophy system -- just about all the major features you need PSN for.
Sony told users the network was down due to "maintenance." However, Sony never issued a warning about any planned maintenance, which makes their explanation questionable and frankly unprofessional.
Sony confirmed the outage on PSN's status page.
“You may be experiencing issues related to launching games, applications, and/or social features such as trophies, messaging, or friends list. We appreciate your patience while we address this.”
Further notices listed issues with their PlayStation Store and video unlimited service.
As of writing, the status page lists all services as operational. However, complaints continue to surface on Twitter.
@AskPlayStation I can't log in to PSN on my PS4, I've rebuilt the database and powered it down and my router for 3 minutes, please help!— Biblo Swaggins (@xXHUNTERJAYXx) July 14, 2015
PlayStation's most horrific downtime was in 2011, which lasted 23 days and compromised the information of 77 million PSN accounts. In 2014, LizardSquad, the notorious hacker group, took responsibility for a denial-of-service attack that caused PSN downtimes over the holidays. Tuesday's PSN issues can't compare to these hacks, but that doesn't mean PSN isn't regularly experiencing technical problems.
This month alone PSN went down twice, once on Friday, July 3 and again on Saturday, July 4. The technical difficulties culminated in another downtime the following Monday, July 5.