Don’t be too alarmed, but there are reports that the parts of the PSN have gone down unexpectedly. More specifically, the Store seems to be kicking up an error message and not allowing access from PS3, Vita or Web. Comments are flooding in to the Blog, with no official response just yet.
We would often get prior warning if there’s maintenance planned on the Store but as far as we’re aware, this isn’t scheduled. The error code people are seeing is 80710D36, which is characteristically vague but seems to simply be the “unscheduled Store Maintenance” error code that people have got in the past. It also surfaced around attempts to change the account password.
There is some speculation that this might be tied to expected protest hacking attempts that have been threatened against banks and large financial institutions in the United States. Given the PSN’s history, it’s natural to fear the worst at every unexpected error code but we’d urge patience and calm until we know more – it’s much more likely to simply be a bit of unscheduled tidying up.
Update: It looks like this problem is with the wider network, rather than simply the Store, for many people – reports that some can’t sign into the Network at all. Apparently SCEE is “looking into it” but the Japanese Sony site has posted that things are currently off.