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PSN goes offline later today, back midnight

Sony is to take the PlayStation Network down at 16.00 today for scheduled maintenance, adding fuel to our earlier story that the PlayStation Store will return soon.

We reported earlier today that PS Plus subscriptions had now been extended, suggesting the imminent reinstatement of the PlayStation Store.

With Sony now issuing a scheduled maintenance warning for PSN, we are now almost certain that the store will be live once again upon its return.

Here is what Sony posted.

PlayStation Network is offline for scheduled maintenance from 16:00 on Tuesday 24 May 2011 until 00:00 on Wednesday 25 May 2011, GMT.

During the maintenance, you will be unable to access the following services:

  • PlayStation Store on PS3 and PSP.
  • PlayStation Network Account Management.
  • PlayStation Network Account Registration.

In addition, you will not be able to sign in to PlayStation Network from If you wish to play online during the maintenance, please ensure you sign in to PSN before 16:00 on Tuesday 24 May 2011.

During this maintenance, you can continue to collect in-game trophies and these will be updated on your profile once PlayStation Network is back up and running.

If you have any questions about this down time, feel free to visit the official PlayStation Forums at where you can post your query and a member of the moderation team will get back to you.

Thanks, Carl Jennings.

Edited On 24 May, 2011

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