PlayStation Network To Shut Down On Thursday For Maintenance, Again

By Prarthito Maity email: | Jan 16, 2013 10:35 AM EST

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The PlayStation Network needs a lot of maintenance and the next one is just round the corner.

Per reports, the PlayStation Network will be shutting down for a routine maintenance check on Jan. 17, Thursday.

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This means that users will not be able to access the PlayStation Network via the user's PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PSP or any other means. The maintenance is scheduled to start at approximately 4 PM GMT and last until around 4 AM GMT on Jan. 18.

"In order to continue bringing you the best online games experience on PSN, we will perform routine maintenance beginning the afternoon of Thursday, 17th January. During the maintenance period, you may receive a maintenance notification when attempting to access PSN," a statement on the official PlayStation blog says.

At the time of the maintenance, the PlayStation Store and Account Management will not be available but users will be able to access online play and apps provided that they have signed into PlayStation Network at some point between now and the time of the maintenance.

"Sony is chalking this up as 'routine maintenance' so don't expect any big features. With several blockbuster games releasing this year on Sony, including God of War: Ascension and its multiplayer component, it's likely Sony wants to tighten up the online experience before we get into the full swing of 2013," Gamezone states. says: "Anyone who is a morning person in Europe won't be too thrown off by their downtime, though night people will be, with it scheduled for 4:00 pm GMT on January 17th until 4:00 am GMT on January 18th."

Additionally, it has also been reported that the highly anticipated 'Devil May Cry' game has already arrived on the Playstation Store. Apart from 'Devil May Cry,' the 'Angry Birds Trilogy' has also dropped into the digital lineup.

As far as 'DmC' is concerned, Ubergizmo states that there "will be new additions made to the gameplay to keep things fresh, including Demon and Angel powers, where these will enable (and require) Dante to switch fluidly between separate sets of abilities and weapons. Needless to say, the Demon side will deliver heavy-hitting albeit slower attacks, while the Angel side is more agile and deals justice swiftly, although at far lower damage levels."

Moreover, this week, 'Darksiders' is being offered for free and, per an Examiner report, "Stardrone Extreme joins it as a discounted item (to be specific, a whopping 50% off)."

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