On March 1st, the Sony PlayStation Network service will be down, according to its official blog. The hiatus, beginning around 11 a.m. and lasting until after midnight, seeks to address bugs, optimize performance, and perform necessary maintenance.
On March 1st, the Sony PlayStation Network service will be down, according to its official blog. The hiatus, beginning around 11 a.m. and lasting until after midnight, seeks to address bugs, optimize performance, and perform necessary maintenance.

The Sony PlayStation Network will down for 13 hours on Monday, according to PC magazine. Sony has said that the network will be down for routine and scheduled maintenance, starting from 6:00 am PDT/9:00 am EDT and to about 7:00pm PDT/10:00 EDT.      

During this time, users will not be able to access the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home and Account Management or play online due to the maintenance work. Furthermore Sony also said that the company would publish a notice on the PlayStation Twitter feed to make users know when the PSN is back online.

Sony made the announcement on Sunday through a blog post which was authored by Matthew Harper, who is a part of the recently-formed PlayStation Digital Platforms Community Management team. The team was formed in order to give Sony users more information about the inner workings of the PlayStation Network, although Harper has not mentioned, in the blog post, the reason behind such a long period of down-time for routine maintenance. The company further stated that all the Web sites which are enabled by PlayStation Network (PSN) will not provide service, including the PlayStation.com site. Last year the network went down for several weeks after a massive hack which made gamers distinctly and understandably unhappy.

"We absolutely understand that the community wants more information than we have been able to provide in this post. Part of my job is to make sure that the lines of communication are open between our users and PlayStation. While I do not have more details to share at this time regarding the downtown, I will certainly work to include more info in future posts," Harper has written in the blog post in a reply to a complaint noted by a gamer.

He moreover mentioned that there was no ideal time to take down the PSN maintenance since it is a global service. Sony has chosen Monday as an ideal time instead of weekend when more number of users would be playing games on it service.