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The Scheduled PSN Maintenance Has Been Postponed After Yesterday's Outage

Posted by Kell Andersen

Crisis averted

Golly, that was an intense 24 hours, wasn't it? As you're no doubt aware, the PlayStation Network went down yesterday after a particularly nasty DDoS attack. If you didn't lay witness to the carnage, rest assured that several were justifiably peeved at the online service's intermittent blackout. Thankfully, the outage didn't last quite as long as the last time, and no personal details were breached.

Indeed, it seems that everything is under control now. However, the big question on everyone's lips is whether or not today's scheduled maintenance in Europe will still go ahead. And luckily, the answer is a resounding no. Speaking on the PlayStation Blog, the Japanese giant confirmed that you'll be able to enjoy all of the online services you can shake a stick at.

"In light of today’s issue, the networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned for Monday, August 25," the platform holder said. "We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled." Are you happy to see that the PSN won't be seeing another interruption? What games will you be indulging in on your Bank Holiday? Let us know in the comments section below.


User Comments (30)



MrHilster said:

Do they ever mention what the maintenance is for? I'm quite ignorant on what they'd need to do but Xbox Live rarely needs to go down for maintenance!



get2sammyb said:

@MrHilster Yeah, I don't think we really know. To be fair, it has got much, much less frequent, and you can usually carry on playing, so it's not a big deal. It would have been if they'd pulled everything down again after yesterday, though.



thedevilsjester said:

@MrHilster they don't just add functionality, features, and bug fixes to your PlayStation; they also do the same for the services they run on the server. This not only requires that they shut the services down, and time to migrate, it likely also requires that they put them through the regression test suites and more. This is what you have to do while maintaining any network service, I can't beleive the PSN is much different.

Xbox Live does go down for maintenance sometimes, but because of the azure server architecture which they borrow for xbox, they are able to mitigate this.



MrHilster said:

@thedevilsjester Thank you for the explanation and thanks for not being a punk while doing so, some people can't help but be so while explaining something that isn't common knowledge!

Please watch the language -Tasuki-



thedevilsjester said:

@MrHilster No problem. The tone I generally take depends on how the question is posed. If its a legitimate request for knowledge, I try and be as "nice" as I can (I am an arrogant ass sometimes, so its hard). If its a rhetorical question intended to insult or demean, then I let the attitude flow.



Dodoo said:

@SimonAdebisi - Not a stupid name and is valid in numerous commonwealth countries.

It originated originally as many years ago it was a day banks would be closed, hence "bank holiday". It is not classed as a "national holiday" like in many other countries as there is no automatic time off granted for the population (even though most are off like the banks).




Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

@Dodoo the name is irrelevant today, banks aren't closed on a bank holiday, walk in branches are, online and any other telephone banking where you may need to speak to said bank are still available, pointless



ToOGoodOfAPlaya said:

Maybe they should have just done it.
Im glad I can get online but it was already down, surely its better to just get it over and done with?



Tasuki said:

@SimonAdebisi: Well even if it irrelevant now it's still what the call it so I am asking to let it go. Different places have different customs. Even if you don't understand them doesn't make them stupid or irrelevant.



Dodoo said:

@SimonAdebisi Whether it is an irrelevant name or not is irrelevant. Everybody here knows what it is and we have no reason to change it. Why would we? It holds a historical meaning.

Whole languages are made up with words/phrases that have a similar history and/or meaning but we don't go changing the names of things depending on whether we think they are relevant or not.

Your answer is subjective anyway, others may think it is still relevant, including me, considering the fact that walk-in bank branches remain closed on these days.



Shaolin said:

This was a sensible decision on Sony's part to postpone the scheduled maintenance. It was very flexible of them given the circumstances.

Mind you, I can't say I'm looking forward to the next time the UK has to contend with scheduled maintenance on a bank holiday and that's even without any denial of service attack to add to the misery.



ToOGoodOfAPlaya said:

@Shaolin Im sort of on the fence about that too. On the one hand its great its up, and as we lost out on a service they have decided to reschedule.
But they will inevitibly do it on another bank hol, or the good old "over christmas" maintenance!



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

That is enough. It is what it is and that's it. This is your final warning. Please do not derail the thread. -Tasuki-



JamieF1 said:

@SimonAdebisi - The banks are closed today, so the name still holds meaning. I'll also add, that working in a bank, bank holidays are just glorious xD

Anyway, back on topic - really glad to see that Sony took this decision. I just hope that those responsible will now be put to rights, not just for what they did to Sony, but the other companies, including ALS.



irvingisrael said:

I could not play Child of light. The game tried to connect to servers and never launched. Then I tried to play Watchdogs, played about 30 min and could not advance history because of the same reason. Both on PS4, Watchdog from physical copy. I think this situation is unacceptable. That's why I prefer physical copies, but there are cases where they also don't work. Shame on Ubisoft and Sony.



Casey55 said:

There doing maintenance at moment dose anybody know how long it takes?

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