Sony Europe really needs a central news page for this info – SCEJ has one – but until then it’s apparently reasonable to relay news that the PlayStation Network will be down for a good part of the day via a forum post.
Naturally, there’s nothing on the PlayStationEU Twitter about this.
The deal? The PSN will be under a fairly sizeable maintenance window today, from 9AM Pacific time (the info comes via SCEA) and runs through until 4PM Pacific. By my reckoning that’s from about Tea Time, BST, until the early morning.
In the first hour of this maintenance, at least, users might get a notification when trying to access the PSN. You will, however, be able to play online providing you’ve signed in recently.
The Store and Account Management will be offline, though.