Playstation Network Still Down for some; Others Cash in Freebies

Posted on Jun 2 2011 - 6:45pm by Thomas Sharp

Sony has made two posts today about their Playstation Network, not to announce the PSN downtime but instead to proclaim that the network and store are both back online and ready to use. The only problem with both these posts was that both were untrue, the UK and other areas of the world are still facing PSN and Plasystation store issues.


latest post by Sony used the title, ‘Welcome back to Online gaming’ with these cheery chaps used on the banner. An earlier post explained “Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) have announced that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) have restored all PlayStation Network services as of 2 June 2011, in Europe/PAL territories.”

Since then the PSN has been up and down like a yo-yo, at the time of writing the official Sony site was showing the entire network was down. Unlike last months troubles this is probably attributed to the sheer number of people logging on to collect their freebies, which is why the re-launch of the Playstation Store was staggered – obviously this hans’t worked.

The problem clearly isn’t affecting every user, a quick search on Twitter shows that some users can access PSN services whilst others are being held up by other problems. These include being unable to change their password, facing store issues or receiving ‘down for maintenance’ messages when trying to login.

Are you still facing issues or PSN downtime? If so, let us know which issue and where in the world you are.

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  1. C Powell June 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Hi, my son was very excited to find the store back today. I agreed to put £15 on for him to buy some fifa players. Guess what ? They took 6 x £15!! Thats £90- I still havn't been able to resolve it so beware! If you see an error page don't keep trying, I hate to think what I could have spent!

  2. mike June 2, 2011 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    wooow.. class action time

  3. dshap June 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    im trying to make a new acount for the psp go im going to get in the mail in a few days and i keep getting the error message, anyone have any ideas?

  4. Alice June 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    not class action time, he needs to contact his credit card company because even tho the error came up he tried to refresh inturn charging his card an extra five more times.I hope you get it fixed. Also Mike, this is no case for a class action suit they would just toss it out.

  5. Randomguy12 June 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    I'm in the United Kingdom, and still the PSN is down!! I can't change my password, so I can't log in!
    This is starting to annoy me now!!

  6. Whathappned to Sega June 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    In the U.S. just came back from serving my country and all I want to do is catch up on my Netflix queue but can I??? Nope because regardless of what they say I still can't change my password or get into the network at all! Not to mentioned I figured I would call and see if they have a better explanation at Sony…but guess what I am still on hold estimate wait time is 12 minutes…lets see what these under paid wanna be geeks have to say!

  7. John June 3, 2011 at 12:54 am - Reply

    NC- no playstation here, im buying an xbox, screw you playstation i hope this looses you millions.

  8. MUKYU June 3, 2011 at 1:38 am - Reply

    in ohio Psn is down my friend in indiana is up it's spotty all over

  9. Bram June 3, 2011 at 2:04 am - Reply

    I bought an Xbox a few months back when this issue first occurred. It's a really cool system, and I'm wondering now why I ever got propagated to by a sony product.

  10. cnake June 3, 2011 at 3:20 am - Reply

    I live in Eastern USA and I still keep getting the "site under maintenance" message! This come on when i try to sign in or click join or even posting a comment in the forum. Absolutely ridiculous…I'm going to switch to xbox when the new one comes out.

  11. playstation is pants June 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    im am in wales uk and i too have no network " site under maintenance" its really not good enough !!!!! they should be doing more !!!

  12. someone June 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    stupid site under maintence message i guess ill just keep playing xbox live

  13. Andrea June 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Hi, I'm in Holland (Europe), and i have a psp, but cant change my password since it has to be done on https://store.playstation.com/login.gvm via PC. For me it still sais "Under Maintenance blah blah" so I can't change my password > can't acces the store 🙁

  14. richard June 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    in vancouver canada and "under maintence" msg comes up

  15. MrsIrate June 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    have access to store, tried to claim free gift, guess What…….! It didn't work! what a con, kicked me out as i was accessing it! Sony you stink! now won't let me access it at all from my account!

    plus yesterday bought LA noire rockstar pass, took money but no download! aaaggggghhhhhh

  16. andy June 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    scunthorpe ive got access to store but thats as far as it goes no welcome back gift xbox im coming home.

  17. HBcali June 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I tried to get my free games but it didnt work. The links just disappeared. Thanks for nothing sony

  18. Jono June 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I'm in new Zealand and I can log on to Psn but not playstation store :(((( I really want the infamous 2 demo as well so it's pretty bumming 🙁

  19. Dd323 June 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I am in Los Angeles and it's still down can't do anything on here's what a waste

  20. James June 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    im in the uk and its still down for me. Pretty ridiculous, Thought more of Sony!

  21. Marcus June 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    my store is down and it says it expires on the 14th. so if i it dosnt come back up before then im outta luck.

  22. MIke June 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I'm here in the southeastern part of the United States, I still can't get on. This is crazy, down for maintenance? Come on Sony, really? How long does it take? Guess I'll dust off the X-Box, send me a message when you are done fooling around.

  23. David June 4, 2011 at 12:34 am - Reply

    I downloaded the playstaion plus thing and then went to claim my free gift and a bunch of error messages popped up. WTF!! I only have 30 days of this free trial and I can't claim any of games. This is truly a disaster. I'm in redding, California

  24. Steve June 4, 2011 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I am in Grand Rapids, MI and am getting the maintenance notification as well.

  25. tj_UK June 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I'm in Kent UK and just last night I got as far as being denied the free gifts, i even tried to buy a game and still no. I hope I haven't been charged for trying more than once too. 🙁

  26. Sony SUCKS EGGS June 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    I cant even log on to PSN. Thanks for NOTHING Sony

  27. Joshua June 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Every time i try to sign in it says Error -.- when i change my password it doesnt let me it says the maintenance sign as well 🙁

  28. Thomas June 5, 2011 at 2:57 am - Reply

    I am in the U.S., Alabama. I see the offer for 30 days of free playstation plus and the offer for free games, but i can't get to them because it still won't let me login. I tells me that I entered the wrong password (which I didn't). Then it won't even let me change the password.

  29. Evilntwisted June 5, 2011 at 9:19 am - Reply

    It may be I am just very lucky but yesterday morning 10am GMT I logged in to the PSN Store ok. Redeemed by welcome back package and started the download for the free games. I chose dead nation and lbp. I also signed up for my free psn plus subscription and was able to download the content ok which uncludes burnout paradise. 🙂

  30. Marie June 5, 2011 at 11:46 am - Reply

    I'm in Tulsa, Oklahoma and I'm trying to create an account through my computer (I don't have a ps3 yet and I need to get a PSN ID before I can get one) and it's saying the network is down for maintenance. When is it coming back up??

  31. Cho Cho June 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I'm in Virginia Beach, Virginia (USA) No lover here either. I used to get the maintenance pop up when I would try to log on but now i get, "An error has occurred (8071-0D36)" ? ugh!

  32. Tricia June 6, 2011 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Im in Goldsboro,NC and no netflix >>>>

  33. Chris June 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I use to be loyal to Playstation this has definitely changed my opinion of the organization – This truly shows how little they care about their consumers!

  34. lightbrite June 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I am in BC Canada and the site is still down

  35. Tony June 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    UK – still getting site maintenance messages when I try to login.

    • gadgetsandgizmos June 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Has this just started up again?

  36. raytherv July 1, 2011 at 1:22 am - Reply

    im really getting pissed of about this ps3 .here in malta no online gaming and getting many errors

  37. Kayman July 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    Still can't log in! Can't do ANYTHING! What the heck!? From MO usa…

  38. Someonewhoknows July 10, 2011 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I’m from kuwait, and I still get the site maintenance message

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