Announcing the news via its Community Forums, Sony has forewarned users that the PlayStation Network will undergo scheduled maintenance beginning tomorrow, September 25th. The planned repairs have been confirmed for both the North American and European online stores and will begin 10:15AM PT/1:15PM ET and 3:00pm GMT, respectively.
PSN’s senior community manager, who operates under the online username ‘Tempest Fire’, posted this message on Sony’s forums:
“If you’ve signed onto PSN over the past few days, you’ll still be able to play online and access apps during this period, but you may receive a maintenance notification when attempting to access the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home and Account Management as these services will be unavailable. Be sure to sign in now if you wish to access the Network during this maintenance window.”
Update: PSN maintenance planned for Wed, 9/25 from 10:15am to 4:15pm Pacific Time, full details here: http://t.co/K47DWvHw8U
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 23, 2013
While the network will be offline for a six hour period in the US, for European PlayStation users, Sony’s online network will experience twelve hours of downtime – with the 3:00pm GMT start time stretching through to 03:00am GMT on September 26th. Much like previous maintenance periods, though, users who sign in before the designated window will still have access to online play.
The reasoning for the update is currently unknown; however, the PSN store received an update today to coincide with this week’s PS Plus update for North America, which includes the addition of Rayman Origins to the Instant Game Collection. In terms of the United States, the maintenance itself will last until 4:15PM PT/7:15PM ET. Furthermore, Sony has warned that the network may be down for a little longer following the six hour/twelve hour period so as to accommodate testing purposes.
Ultimately, it’ll be best to plan your online play around these allocated maintenance windows or, better still, log into the PlayStation Network ahead of time to secure your online connection.