Playstation Network PSN is Down, Sony Investigating

Gaming network down just before Independence Day weekend
July 3, 2015 Updated: July 3, 2015

Sony’s Playstation Network, also known as PSN, is currently down for some users, and Sony said that they were investigating the network outage. The PSN outage comes as users in America are celebrating a long weekend due to Independence Day (July 4th).

The Playstation Network PSN is an online service provided by Sony Computer Entertainment for users of the Playstation gaming consoles, as well as other Sony devices. The online network allows Playstation gamers to connect to others and a larger online network, and join or create multi-player games as well as compete with other players. It was first launched in 2006, with features being added with every Playstation release.

PSN has suffered from a few, but widespread, issues since launch. In April 2011, the network suffered a security intrusion from hackers, which resulted in user data being stolen. PSN was out for 23 days, and Sony offered users freebies when they rejoined the service. On December 25 and 26, 2014, PSN went down from a massive denial-of-service attack, though some users complained of being unable to connect for several days that followed. 

The Playstation Network is reported to have 110 million users, with up to 65 million users actively using it on a monthly basis. Sony’s Playstation consoles have sold many millions of units worldwide since launch, with the first Playstation selling over 100 million units, and the latest version, the Playstation 4, having sold over 22 million units since its release in November 2013.