No, the PlayStation Network has not been hacked again – Sony’s just taking its sweet time with its latest period of scheduled maintenance. As reported earlier, the platform holder had planned to perform some construction work on the online service between 09:00AM PST and 14:00PM PST – but it will now run until 16:00PM PST. For those of you in the UK, that means that you may still be seeing errors until around midnight.

Ordinarily, the downtime usually allows you to get online and play your games, but we’ve been locked out all evening. Supposedly, the Japanese giant is working to allow the activation of additional portable devices on a single PSN account, so those of you with multiple Vitas may see some benefits from this outage. For the record, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida feels your pain, agreeing with one Twitter complainer that maintenance is “very last gen”. Someone’s getting a rollicking in the morning, then.

[via community.us.playstation.com]