Sony's PlayStation Network went down on Wednesday, April 20. Three days later, nothing has really changed on the end of PSN users. What gives?
Earlier in April, the PlayStation Network went down due to hackers. It looks like another vulnerability has been exploited, and here's the statement from the official PlayStation Blog:
An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.
As a PlayStation 3 owner, this is particularly annoying on a weekend as there is more time to take advantage of the fun aspects of the PS3, even more so than just online gaming but also streaming movies from Netflix and Hulu Plus. Additionally, I tried accessing the Music Unlimited (powered by Qriocity) service on Friday evening for a social gathering, and it was impossible. That's a particular nuisance since it's a paid subscription service that I really only use on the console, not my computer.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anything we can do except do something else until Sony fixes this.
[UPDATE: A few helpful tipsters sent in this advice if you want to access Netflix on the PS3. You must attempt logging in at least twice and both times will likely fail. However, on the third try it should work. A bit strange, but apparently it's worked for some PS3 owners. Good luck!]
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