PlayStation Network Outage Continues To Keep Gamers Offline

After days of intermittent service, the PlayStation Network's complete outage rolls into its second day today with no new updates from Sony.

A visit to the PlayStation Network website or attempt to sign on lands you a "server maintenance" message, though the official PlayStation blog's latest update says they're not quite sure what the cause of the downtime is.

"While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running," Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications and social media, wrote on the official blog moments ago. "Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can."

Meanwhile, the official European PlayStation Blog momentarily pointed the finger at possible "targeted behaviour by an outside party".

What outside party could possibly want to make online gaming impossible on a PS3?

The most likely culprits are activist group "Anonymous". The hacktivists were claiming to be behind the original attacks against the PlayStation Network for a few weeks now, but then the group called off their attacks . However, the nature of this particular hacking beast means that some splinter cell could still be behind this latest outage.

The full on outage seems to have kicked off very early Thursday. We and others were unable to log into the PlayStation Network. Attempts resulted in an 80710A06 error message. The issue seemed to be impacted consoles internationally as well. We were able to confirm the issue in the US, Australia and Japan.

Last March a clock glitch knocked Playstation 3's worldwide offline and, in some cases, unable to play games.

So far the only offline games made unplayable by this issue are the few that Capcom released with DRM built into them.

Stay tuned to this page for updates as they happen. We've reached out to Sony for comment on whether they suspect this is the work of some sort of attack or a technical issue on their end.

Latest Update on PSN Outage [PlayStation Blog]

Republished from Kotaku