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The PlayStation Network is down for certain games
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft's Xbox Live service had an outage yesterday, resulting in gamers facing problems in connecting to it. This caused failed purchases, inability to sign in for some users, issues in launching certain games, and unavailability of xCloud gaming. While Microsoft was able to resolve the problem in six hours, it did admit that the fix took longer than anticipated to apply.
Today, it's the PlayStation Network's turn which appears to be down for several games.
According to Sony's dedicated network service status page, the PlayStation Network is facing issues in the "gaming and social" category. This affects the PlayStation Vita, 3, 4, and 5. The company cautions that:
It's unclear exactly how widespread the problem is, but the status appears to be the same across most regions including the US, UK, and Canada. Engadget reports that while some games like Fortnite and Fall Guys work just fine, players are having issues connecting to others such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Minecraft, Destruction AllStars, and Don't Starve Together.
The issue was officially confirmed by Sony on 6:33PM ET, but earlier reports point to it appearing on 1PM ET, which essentially means that it's been almost 12 hours since the partial outage began. It's currently unclear when a fix will be rolled out, but you can keep an eye on the network service status page for updates in the meantime.
The PlayStation Network is experiencing issues, with gamers unable to log in
by Muhammad Jarir Kanji
The PlayStation Network is experiencing some issues, Sony confirmed on Thursday via a tweet. But the company promises it's investigating the issue and will work on providing a fix.
You can check the status of the outage at any time by going over to the Network Service Status page for the PlayStation Network. At the time of writing this article, the page shows all the PSN services - Account Management, Gaming And Social, PlayStation Store, and PlayStation Music - as not running properly.
Not only does this mean that you may have difficulties playing online multiplayer games with your friends but also that you may be unable to sign in to your account or access even single-player titles, unless you are using a physical disc. Buying new games off the Store or listening to your music may also exhibit issues.
Sony hasn't provided an ETA for a fix yet, beyond the tweet acknowledging the issue.
Source: Sony via GameSpot
By Namerah S
PlayStation Store is having a flash sale with up to 50% off some titles
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Sony is kicking off the weekend with a great set of deals on the PlayStation Store. A total of 63 titles are currently on sale - some of them going for half the original retail price. The selection of games includes both old and new releases for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation VR. Bear in mind that the flash sale is only available on the U.S. store and will last for a limited amount of time, until 8:00 am PT on April 22.
Highlights for the nostalgic gamer include classic titles such as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy at 40% off for $23.99 and Spyro Reignited Trilogy for $29.99, down 25%. A Crash and Spyro bundle is also available for purchase at $49.49 - $25 less than the original asking price.
Several different editions of Assassin's Creed Odyssey are available for purchase, including the deluxe edition, gold edition, and ultimate edition for up to 67% off depending on the variant. The Assassin's Creed Odyssey Season Pass is also slashed by 40%, the price tag of $23.99 includes a copy of Assassin's Creed III Remastered. Similarly, a variety of Tom Clancy's The Division 2 editions are also on sale, with up to 20% off on the standard edition, gold edition, and ultimate edition.
A wide range of The Elder Scrolls: Online currency add-ons are up for grabs, as well as The Elder Scrolls: Online Collection at 50% off selling for $24.99.
Other noteworthy titles on sale are listed below in alphabetical order:
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Call of Cthulhu Creed: Rise to Glory Genesis Alpha One Hello Neighbor Just Cause 4 Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 Metro Exodus (Standard edition; Gold edition) Omen of Sorrow Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Digital Deluxe edition; Croft edition) Sonic Forces
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The LEGO Movie Videogame 2 Vampyr
Yakuza Kiwami 2 For a full list of titles with the respective discounted price list, you may visit the official PlayStation blog. The flash sale is accessible via the PlayStation Store on PS4, PS3, PS Vita and PS VR or through the online store on PC.
Sony now finally lets you change your online ID on PSN, and the first time is free
by João Carrasqueira
It's easy to regret a username choice on the internet, be it because you created it when you were a child or because you feel like it just doesn't reflect who you are anymore. When it comes to gaming, Microsoft has let you change your Xbox Gamertag for some time now, but Sony hasn't been as open with its online IDs on the PlayStation Network. That's about to change, though.
Sony has announced that starting today (or tomorrow, in Europe), you'll be able to change your online ID on PSN, and the first time you do it will be free of charge. After that, it'll cost you $9.99, similar to the pricing on Xbox. IDs can be changed as many times as you want, and you can always revert to any of your previous IDs - they'll remain reserved for you. Reverting is free of charge and can also be done as many times as necessary.
Sony says all titles published on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed with tools that support the ID change, and so those should support the feature. For titles released before that, the change won't be supported, even if they were re-released at a later date.
You also need to be aware of the risks of changing your ID. Even for games released after the specified date, full support for changing IDs might not be included, and this can result in bugs with varying in degree of severity. You may see your old name displayed in-game, lose your progress, or even lose access to additional content you might have paid for. Sony says the majority of most-played titles on the console don't experience issues, though, and it only expects problems to crop up in smaller games. If you do run into any problems, you can contact support to revert your ID to one that didn't have problems.
The change can be made from your account settings on your PlayStation 4 or through Sony's website on a PC. To learn more about ID changes, be sure to read the full FAQ.
PS Network is currently experiencing connectivity problems
by Muhammad Jarir Kanji
The past few days have not been kind to Sony. After a malicious message was found to be causing havoc on the PS Network, making users reset their consoles, the company's online services are now experiencing outages.
The company acknowledged users' complaints in a new tweet, and assured them that it was working on a fix. Meanwhile, going over to the network service status page for the PlayStation Network shows both the account management, and gaming and social services, to be experiencing outages. The first would explain why users are unable to log into their PSN accounts.
"You may have some difficulty launching games, applications, or online features. Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience," states the service status page regarding the latter.
In related news, Sony has finally fixed the issue pertaining to a malicious message that had been making the rounds on PSN last week, which means it should hopefully not affect any new consoles. For those whose machines were already compromised, Sony also elaborated a quick fix, which you can read more about here.