After the last time that PSN went down for a significant length of time, it's no surprise that Sony wants us all to know that this time it's intentional. The official PlayStation Blog brings word of a major upcoming outage tomorrow for the PlayStation Network that it says is expected to last around 13 hours.
We will be performing routine scheduled maintenance on the network on Monday, April 16th, starting at approximately 6:00 am PDT / 9:00 am EDT. This maintenance will last roughly 13 hours, concluding around 7:00pm PDT / 10:00 pm EDT. During much of this time, users won’t be able to access the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home, Account Management or play online. PSN enabled websites will not be able to service users, including this one.For Australians, those times equate to 11pm Monday April 16th AEST to 12 noon on Tuesday AEST. While we imagine this is not something that Sony would do lightly, an outage of that length for a service used by so many seems embarrassingly excessive. It's hard to imagine the techs at Gmail, Youtube or Steam requiring a planned outage for that long. If there's any merit to the rumours of games on the next PlayStation console requiring online activation, then they're going to have to do a lot better than this.
Concerned PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita owners are encouraged to keep their eyes on the official PlayStation Twitter feed as the most authoritative source for updates on the outage.
it would be an interesting read if there were figures about the downtime of different platforms
ie over the last five years the hours say, PC (steam?), xbox, and PSN have been down. because while a 13 hour outage might suck, surely it is better than being intermittently out at different times (then again, 13 hours could wipe out a whole day of gaming on the network)
also, i'm not saying that any one network is better, but the figures would be nice to see
Be interesting to see if this downtime is in head of a update to the system or something. Though really if people are getting their undies in a twist over a 13 hour downtime they really need to learn that not everything technical can run flawlessly without maintenance. However, if WoW's audience is anything to go by, having downtime is the be-all-end-all of things.
11pm Monday April 16th AEST to 12 noon Tues
awesome times, disregard my previous comment.
Yeah, the times are strangely convenient for Australians. Not so great for North America.
Maybe it's just pot-luck depending on where the techs working on it are based, but it seems suspiciously like they're preferencing convenience for Japanese customers.
but it seems suspiciously like they're preferencing convenience for Japanese customers.