The PlayStation Network is down again, the third time in recent weeks.
However, this time the downtime appears to be planned. According to the PlayStation Knowledge Center, the network is down for maintenance. It is expected to be down until 10 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday.
The PlayStation Knowledge Center posted this notice to its blog today:
The PlayStation Network will be taken offline for maintenance on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, for approximately 11 hours during the following maintenance window:
Down Time (Start): Wednesday, March 9, 8:00 AM, Pacific Time
Down Time (End): Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 PM, Pacific Time
During this time you may:
Not be able to access the PlayStation®Store
Have difficulty signing in to the PlayStation®Network
Not be able to play online games
See a maintenance page when attempting to access the PlayStation®Network