NEW YORK —Black Friday has turned into another black eye for Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN). Sony admitted Friday that its engineers were investigating connectivity issues with its online gaming network Friday, after some users had trouble signing in or got knocked off. On a status page, Sony indicated the outage impacted nearly all of PSN’s features before service was restored by early Friday afternoon. A USA TODAY colleague running a PS4 was indeed able to connect.
No explanation was given for the outage.
PSN has had a bumpy past. Back in 2011, hackers swiped personal user data off the network. PSN was hacked again last Christmas, knocking out the service for a few days. A group called Liquid Squad claimed responsibility, which also temporarily downed Microsoft’s Xbox Live network.
PSN reportedly has 150 million members worldwide, only some of whom pay about $50 a year for a premium subscription.
The timing is awful for Sony which has promoting holiday weekend discounts on such titles as Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition, as well as on some movies on the PlayStation.blog.
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