It was said by Sony themselves, according to CNET in a blog post. The Playstation Network went down yesterday morning, though for those who had suffered through the security breach last year shall know it’s only for maintenance purposes. And I have never heard of Xbox Live going down temporarily for maintenance purposes.. but according to a quick Google search, on June 16th of 2009 it went down for maintenance. So okay, hopefully this is just a one-time kind of deal.
The senior manager from sony for the Playstation Digital Platforms, Matthew Harper (no not Steven Harper) had announced the temporary shutdown in a company blog post just yesterday in saying that the gaming and digital media network was going to be taken down at 6AM PT yesterday (obviously it was posted before that day) and that it will be offline for around 13 hours, or till around 7PM PT. And along that time period the Playstation Store, Playstation Home and also online gaming was not available.
The timing on this outage is kind of suspicious. Just about one year ago the Playstation Network was brought down by hackers, that’s almost exactly one year. While the weeks of downtime were long and strong, the company had revealed that lots of user data was taken, which includes lots of credit card numbers. And then when the PSN was restored, Sony had made it clear that the service was “more secure”.
And it was described in the scheduled maintenance that it was a “routine” thing, and they had planned to announce their conclusion through their own PlayStation Twitter account.
After looking at their Twitter account page, it only says “Today’s PSN maintenance has concluded ahead of schedule, and service has been restored. Game on!”. So the “conclusion” I assume will be shown later on this week sometime, that’s just a guess.