[Update 3] Gaming and social services have returned to normal operation.
[Update 2] After a brief period of stability gaming and social services have become disrupted again. Sony’s PlayStation Network service status page once again notes that “you may have some difficulty launching games, applications or online features.”
[Update] Gaming and social services are slowly stabilizing. The PlayStation Network service page now lists them as online.
[Original story] For the third time this week, PlayStation Network is experiencing issues for users on PS4 and PS3. Account management and PlayStation Now are having trouble, but, more importantly, gaming and social services are also disrupted. This means that “you may have some difficulty launching games, applications or online features.”
While the Ask PlayStation Twitter account hasn’t acknowledged the issues yet, Sony’s network service status website confirms that there are ongoing problems. The timing is less than ideal given that Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ and Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World launched this week, and both are games that rely on PlayStation Network for multiplayer.
As of yet there hasn’t been any indication of when we can expect full connectivity to be restored, but Sony’s service status site says “engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.” Earlier this week, the problems lasted for several hours, though it’s difficult to say whether this will also be the case for the latest spell of issues.
Thankfully, both Dragon Ball FighterZ and Monster Hunter: World have offline gameplay modes, and they’re pretty good. You can read all about them in our Dragon Ball FighterZ review and Monster Hunter World review.