PSN down reports have been coming in, largely from users in North America, and Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Network and its assorted services are currently experiencing issues.
Sony’s PlayStation Network appears to be down for many users right now, impacting the ability to use any of the PSN services such as online play, license restoration, friends lists, and more. Sony has acknowledged the outage via the PSN Status page, listing all PSN services as down.
Sony’s PSN status page currently lists all services as down, including:
- Account management
- Gaming and social
- PlayStation Now
- PlayStation Video
- PlayStation Store
- PlayStation Direct
Depending on your region, you may not be experiencing issues with the PSN at this time. We’ve heard from some UK users that they are still able to play games online without any problems.
The AskPlayStation Twitter account, which usually quickly acknowledges the issues, hasn’t yet said anything about the PSN being down.
PSN Game Licenses
Our own testing confirms the issues, which are impacting game licenses and blocking access to certain games. This can particularly be an issue if you live in a multi-PS4/PS5 household and use primary and alternate consoles to do game sharing with your family members, which requires a “check-in” with the PSN to verify licenses and ownership of games to the users logged to that specific console.
The PSN down issues are impacting all PlayStation platforms and services, including PS3, PS4, PS5, Vita, and web services.
Unlike the last major PSN outage, this one doesn’t appear to be caused by external internet-wide issues. It seems that the problem this time is exclusively with Sony’s network.
We’ll continue keeping an eye on the ongoing issues and let you know when the PSN is back up. Until then, you may have issues playing games online of verifying your game licenses on PlayStation platforms.
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