Update 2 (1:30pm BST): PSN is now back up and running.

Update 1 (11:00am BST): Sony's PSN status page says that the worst of the outage appears to have passed, but users will still encounter problems accessing services.

Original Story (9:50am BST):PlayStation 4 users around the world are finding themselves unable to access online functionality and services on the PlayStation Network as the network appears to be down. The latest outage follows another just last week (21 October).

Sony's PlayStation Network status page currently states there are known issues across all its services, including signing in and launching games that require a connection to PSN to validate licences.

PlayStation Store, PlayStation Now, PlayStation Music and PlayStation Video are also all down. The outage is affecting all PlayStation consoles and web services.

Down Detector reveals the outage is mostly affecting England and northern mainland Europe, but that users around the world are also feeling the affects.

The outage follows scheduled down time for maintenance that took place between 6:30am and 7:30am BST. The outage began at around 9am BST.

Last week (21 October), PSN was down due to a DDoS attack targeting DNS provider Dyn. The attack coincided with the release of Battlefield 1, leaving many players angry that they were unable to play their new game.

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