'Up' is a relative term.
Late last night, I came home from an evening of carousing and plopped down to commune with Netflix. Over the last few weeks I've found that, if I just ignore every error message, I can usually get the service to work. But this time something different happened. My Sony PS3 prompted me to install an update. I cheered, rejoicing in the PSN Network's phoenix-like rise from the ashes.
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But all was not well within the Kingdom of Sony. Logging back into Netflix gave me the same list of error messages, the same sluggish performance, and the same glitchy app. The PlayStation Network was likewise funky. I found myself having to log back in several times. Aside from downloading the update, I can see no changes in the network's functionality. And I'm not the only person still experiencing issues.
Here's black_plague123, from Sony's own comment's section:
"ok i was able to change the password on this account but when i tried on my second account it said a server error has occured. why?"
Most users seem happy to be back online, but many were unhappy about the fact that the PlayStation Store is still on the fritz.
I'm not the only person who has had their network switch from 'functional' to 'non-functional' all willy-nilly. Here's funford24 from the PlayStation Community forums:
"just tried signing in and it's the same ole message, Playstation Network is currently undergoing maintenance., Or did the damn hackers strike again."
Other users have reported the same issue. A spotty connection that constantly drops. This may be due to the sheer mass of gamers trying to log back in and download the firmware update. It seems unlikely that another DOS attack is under way at this early juncture.
The roll-out is scheduled to hit different countries at different times, but most of the issues reported come from users who have seen the network go back online and then suffered issues. Like this user, from the PlayStation Universe forum.
"Psn is crap after the update i had to create new password. Now it wont load up the disc icon so i cant go on my games on my computer"
Password issues have plagued a notably high segment of PSN users. Many report being prompted to change their password, and then experiencing extremely long wait times before receiving any confirmation.
"like psn have said they have partially restored the network for existing users , so i can see it taking a while to get round to every1 to change their passwords. ive been trying for the last hour and been checking emails in my inbox and still nothing, and its well annoying haha!"
The PlayStation Network will likely be unreliable and glitchy for the next several days, if not weeks. This won't be a smooth relaunch for Sony. Which means the electronics giant is going to take more egg on their face before this whole mess is over.