PSN down in first major outage of 2016 and no one knows why

PSN down as gamers take to social media with complaints

PlayStation Network today suffered the first outage of 2016 even as angry fans took to Twitter and Facebook to express their frustration at not being able to either login or play games online. The PSN went down exactly at 11.15 am EST and for past half an hour the hashtag #PSNDown on Twitter is filled with angry tweets from the gamers.

The outage tracking website, Outage Report shows massive disruptions in the network in the United States and Europe.

PSN Down

Surprisingly Playstation’s own status tracking website, shows that all services are up and running. This may one of the reasons the PlayStation users are pissed at Sony as seen from the tweets.

Another outage tracking website, Down Detector showed similar status about PSN being down.PSN Down

The reason for this first major outage of 2016 is not known as of yet. We are reaching out to Sony and PSN to clarify the status of the network and will keep the post updated.

Update #1 : The PlayStation Network Status page now shows that it is experiencing some problems, however no comments have yet been issued by Sony.

Update #2 Even as many sites are reporting that PSN is down for maintenance, we strongly believe it to be subjected to a DDoS attack. As of yet we havent been able to confirm this, however, the Norse Map seems to suggest there is heavy attack on US West Coast from Karlskrona in Sweden.

PSN Down

Even the PSN status page seems to confirm our theory as it mentions that Sony engineers are busy resolving this issue.

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    • Go suck a nut “TRUTH” . . Xbox servers don’t hardly ever crash because there, traffic is so much lower. Sony actullyy gets a challenge in trying to have their servers stay up and running. Smh.

    • The only difference between psn and any other service is that psn doesn’t fix the initial problem of ddos’ing. Other than that, there’s little to no difference. Get your facts straight before you hate.
      Prove me wrong

      • Why don’t you kindly explain to everyone how to prevent ddos attacks since you seem to think you are some kind of super genius… Oh yea you really can’t.

          • I don’t think a $10 router firewall would protect psn from ddos attacks, all a ddos attack does is simulate a bunch of people logging on at once making psn go down due to high traffic, it’s not actually hacking.

  1. It would be one thing if you were being blocked from their useless online games. But PSN being down *ALSO* means you can’t run Netflix. That’s right; a service that you aren’t even buying from Sony, a service you aren’t paying Sony *any* money for, yet they build in a dependency for PSN into it. BONEHEADS.

    I *personally* don’t use this PoS-3 for gaming (that’s the wife and daughter), but I *do* like to use it for streaming video. I wouldn’t be surprised if even locally-installed-and-run games (or even games that only run off disk) are blocked from running.

    Seems this “article” from The Onion perfectly describes Sony ( *warning*, NSFW, language).

    • It wasn’t really that bad , psn wasn’t even down a full 24 hours. Also, what are you referring to by saying “pay up”


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