PlayStation Network Down in Several Countries With Sluggish Download Speeds

Earlier, we reported an issue in Batman Arkham Knights PS4 leaderboards and it might have depicted that the issue was an in-game problem. Although it still might be an in-game issue but that cannot be the only reason as reports are coming in suggest that there is an issue with Sony's PlayStation Network.

Just when we were surprised that the PSN was up and running with any recent outage, the online PlayStation network has taken another hit. While this may not be the case for all (as many players are not experiencing any anomaly in their PSN experience), but its is still a widespread issue and the official PlayStation status page notes that players “may be experiencing issues related to launching certain games or game functionality. This is due to factors external to PSN. We are tracking the progress of the resolution of the issue.”

The Issue With Batman Arkham Knight Might Just Be The PlayStation Network

The fact that this outage is an external outage may seem alarming but the PSN has been hacked in the past with multiple DDOS attacks like the one's back on christmas by a group of hackers named the lizard squad. Sony has managed to recover from those and hopefully this issue may not be nearly as big.

The outage has been specifically apparent this week with download times being multiplied several times. People have been reporting a download time of 12 hours for the day-one patch of Batman Arkham Knight which happens to be just 3.5GB large. This seemingly, is also affecting the online Sony gaming experience so it might not be a bad time to invite a couple of your mates for an offline multiplayer.

Currently the official PlayStation page mentions another upcoming maintenance. The details are as follows:

"Routine maintenance and improvements for PlayStation Network will be performed for approximately 1.5 hours on Monday, June 29, 9:30 PM PDT (June 30, 4:30 AM GMT) to June 29, 11:00 PM PDT (June 30, 6:00 AM GMT). Anyone who already has a PlayStation Network account can still sign in to their PlayStation Network profile, play games, and use most applications while this maintenance is carried out.

You will not be able to access Account Management, PlayStation Video, or complete a purchase in the PlayStation Store during this maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We recommend activating your PS4 console as your primary console before maintenance begins for the best experience. You will only need to do this once and will remain in effect for all future maintenances.

We strive to ensure that PlayStation Network services are available at all times, but occasionally we must take PlayStation Network offline to perform essential maintenance and implement feature enhancements. We are working hard to reduce the duration of each maintenance."

You can follow this link for a how-to on activating primary on your PS4.

Stay tuned for more information on the PSN outage and do share your views with us in the comments section.

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