Update (4:30pm PT):
The PSN is still Offline, with Ask PlayStation saying, “We don’t have an ETA [for a fix], please try again later and thank you for your patience.”
Meanwhile, for those of you wondering when the movie The Interview will be available on PlayStation, Ask PlayStation said, “The Interview will be available on PSN (PS Store/VU) for customers in the US at a date to be determined shortly.”
Update (3:39pm PT):
Shortly after posting this story, Sony went to their official PSN Status page and changed it to “Offline,” with this message accompanying it:
We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty logging into the PSN. We will update this article with any changes that occur in regards to this issue. Thank you for your patience.
Asked when it might come back Online, Ask PlayStation said, “We don’t have an estimate currently – we’re working on it, so keep checking back.”
Thinking of having a little bit (or a long session) of gaming this Christmas Eve on your PlayStation console? Well, unfortunately, there appears to be a monkey wrench to your gaming plans, as various users from both NeoGAF and Reddit have posted that the PlayStation Network seems to be down.
Bear in mind that some people are saying that they’re able to go online, but there seems to be connection issues for some reason. Others are reporting that they can log in with no issues, so it’s not a worldwide PSN outage — at least not yet.
According to the official Ask PlayStation Twitter account, it’s due to PSN having “higher traffic” than usual:
We are having a higher traffic than usual, thank you for your patience.
It also mentioned on a possible “fix,” too:
PSN is online, if you are having issues connecting, power cycle your network devices and try again. [More Details]
In another tweet, Sony mentions how it’s aware that some users are seeing a maintenance message pop up, and that they’re working hard to fix it as soon as possible:
We are aware of this issue and our Team is working hard to fix it as soon as possible, thank you for your patience.
We’ll make sure to keep you updated if things get worse. If you’re one of the many affected by the downtime, why not read our “Best of 2014 Game Awards” coverage to pass the time?
Is PSN down for you? Did Sony’s “fix” solve the issue?
PSN Down & Offline, Sony Confirms; Is Due to High Traffic