Sony’s PlayStation Network experienced a global outage on Wednesday evening that appeared to last for more than an hour. On the PlayStation Network status page, every service except PlayStation Video was marked as experiencing issues.
Games such as Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Rocket League and many other platforms all saw spikes in user reports as well.
PlayStation Japan officially confirmed the outage as well. Multiple publishers, including Bethesda, Fortnite maker Epic Games, Rockstar, and Sega, posted tweets alerting players about the outage while it was happening.
All PlayStation platforms were being impacted as were all other related services, like PlayStation Plus. The news was first shared by the official Fortnite Status Twitter account after players began reporting en masse they were unable to access the free-to-play battle royale game on PlayStation platforms. Since then, the official PlayStation Status website confirmed that every aspect of PSN, bar PlayStation Video, was either down or experiencing issues.
Server overload has been singled out as the issue that caused this mass outage. You would think that the world’s largest gaming community will have servers strong enough to handle data that is worth millions of people, but sometimes, technology gets everything wrong.
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