Update 3 (4:10pm PT):
Sony has now changed the status of the PSN to “Online,” with Ask PlayStation telling people experiencing issues, “PSN is online. Disconnect your router and console from the power source for 3 minutes, reconnect them and try again.”
Ask PlayStation also says, “PSN is up and running, you should be able to connect at this point, please power cycle your router and try again.”
Update 2 (3:00pm PT):
The PSN is still undergoing maintenance, with Sony now saying, “PSN maintenance is ongoing, and some users may have difficulty accessing the network.”
Asked when it might be back up and running fully, Ask PlayStation said, “We don’t have an estimate currently – we’re working on it, so keep checking back.”
Update (1:30pm PT):
30 minutes after the maintenance was supposed to end, it’s still going on. Stay tuned for any updates as they arrive.
So they can “deploy a series of back-end improvements to the network,” Sony will be doing some PlayStation Network maintenance today, which may result in some downtime for you.
Here’s when the maintenance is scheduled to begin and end:
9am PT/12pm ET/17:00 GMT
1pm PT/4pm ET/21:00 GMT
There is some good news if you haven’t logged in to the PSN recently, as Sony updated their North American site to say:
The restriction to log in a few days before the maintenance has been lifted. As long as you have an active account with PSN as of the start of maintenance, you will be able to play online and access partner services such as Netflix while the maintenance is occurring. This is for PS4, PS3, and Vita platforms.
However, “The PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home and Account Management will not be available during this time, and users may receive a maintenance notification when attempting to access these services.”
Meanwhile, PS4 owners will likely be unable to access the Wh...