The PSN is
down for maintenance today, February 12, 2015.
In case it wasn’t obvious enough, PSN is now back online, so get back to playing, people!
@PlayStation tweeted the following message, acknowledging the downtime some users are experiencing:
Trying to log in to the PlayStation Network but can’t? Well, it seems you’re not the only one. Some people are reporting that PSN is down, even if
Sony’s official status page lists it as “online” for now.
Numerous users from Canada, Australia, the US and other parts of the world have posted on
Reddit to air their grievances. Oddly enough, some people on staff have been able to get online, while others can’t.
When I asked the official Ask PlayStation Twitter if the network was down, I was suggested to “power cycle” my network devices and try again.
Hopefully, this will be fixed for everyone within the day. We’ll also make sure to update if and when the network is back to normal, or if Sony issues a proper statement.
Is PSN down for you right now? If so, share where you are and let others know in the comments.
Here's What You Can Do When PSN is Down
Even if you’re a PlayStation fan, you have to admit that the PlayStation Network could be a little bit more stable.
Unfortunately, we don’t know if that’s happening anytime soon. And even if finally doesn’t go down as much, there still are the periodic bouts of maintenance that sometimes turn into actual downtime, too.
Well, we here at PlayStation LifeStyle are just like you. We want our consoles online all the time and we get annoyed when it’s not. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do while PSN is down, and it should make the wait a lot easier.
Remember to check back the gallery regularly since we’ll be adding more ideas and stuff to do in the near future.
What do you do think of our suggestions? And what do you suggest PlayStation fans do when PSN is down? Sound off in the comments and who knows? Maybe your suggestion will make it into the list!
Arrange Your Physical Game Collection
Unless you've entirely gone the digital route, you're bound to have a few games lying about. Go arrange it in whatever order you see fit, so it won't be a chore to find that particular game when you're looking for it.
Clean Your Controllers, Consoles and Other Gaming Stuff
Unless you game with sanitary gloves on, chances are your controllers have a bit of grime on them. Now's the perfect time to clean 'em off, and your consoles, too, while you're at it!
Wipe the dust away, use a safe cleaner and go to town on your gaming babies. If you won't take care of them, who will?
Complain Online and Complain to Sony
Possibly everyone's favorite past time when PSN is down; and that's to complain about it on Twitter, Facebook, forums and other sites where people can share in your complaints.
Hey, at least you're moping with other PlayStation fans, right?
Do Some Chores, Homework
Is there something in the house that needs fixing or cleaning? Why not do it now, right?
Mow the lawn, clean your room, do your homework. There's bound to be something...so go do it.
Gamers aren't really known to be the most fit group of people in the world, and it's time that's amended.
Go to your nearest gym. Hit the weights, do yoga or just go out for a jog. Heck, worse case? Just grab one of those EyeToy exercise games and go do those. You'll thank us later.
Go for a Food Run
Are you the type of person who likes to snack while gaming? Well, if so, now's the perfect time to go out on a food run and stock up on provisions for those marathon gaming sessions.
Go Out With Friends
Here's a novel idea: when PSN is down, go out and do something else.
Maybe grab a drink with a friend, do something physically straining or just hang around with your friends in real life.
Mind you, it will mean you need to get dressed and such, but at least that's better than having to wait for something to come online.
Learn Something New
Why not learn something new? If you're not into singing or dancing, maybe a new martial art?
Hey, if cats can do it, you can, too!
Make Your Own List on What to Do If PSN is Down
If you're not satisfied with our suggestions so far, why not make your own list and share it with the rest of us?
Go on...do it!
Play a Co-Op Game
No online play? That's not a problem if you have a game with couch co-op.
Why not finish whatever's in your backlog that has split-screen co-op? At least this way, you can form strategy with someone you can actually see.
Play a Single-Player Game/Hunt for Trophies
Now, if you don't have any co-op games or friends near the area, why not go through your single-player backlog and tackle it right NOW!
Remember that game you said you'll eventually finish but haven't done so in months? Well, now's the best time as any.
Sit back, enjoy the games you spent hard earned money on and FINISH them.
Or, go round up those Trophies in past games so you can build your level.
Play Games on Other Consoles
Are you used to playing PlayStation devices only when PSN is up and working? Well, why not *gasp* play on other platforms!?
You don't need to stick to current consoles, either. Dust off your PSone, or SNES and go play some old-school goodness.
Read a Book
Back in the day, people amused themselves with their imagination by reading. While movies, video games and social media might have made reading a little passe, it's still a solid way to entertain yourself without being arrested.
Read PlayStation LifeStyle!
Need we say more? Go read up on our latest news, reviews, features and more. At least this way, you'll also be alerted on what's happening in anything PlayStation-related, and of course, hang out with fellow gamers online.
Spend Time With Your Family, Friends, Relatives
Why not take this time to go out and check up on what your family is doing? Or better yet, if you have a significant other, take them out to a movie.
Spend some time with your loved ones -- and no, that doesn't mean your squadmates.
Take Your Pet Out
Take your dog, cat, gerbil or whatever out for a walk and stretch your legs in the process, too.
Or if you want, maybe train your pet to do some nifty tricks like "chew on DualShock 4, Rusty!" or something a little more constructive.
Untangle and Fix Your Consoles' and Media Center's Cables
Write Down the List of Games You'll be Buying Soon
With games now releasing all throughout the year, why not take this downtime to make a list of the games you plan on purchasing in the future? Keep in mind that you don't need to buy everything in the list, but at least you'll have an idea what to get soon.