If you're in Europe and your Thursday afternoon ritual involves spending time on the PlayStation Network, you might want to sort out some alternative plans. Sony has announced that European gamers will be out of luck when trying to connect to PSN this Thursday afternoon. The lack of connectivity is down to scheduled maintenance that will start at 4 p.m. tomorrow (BST) and run through the night.
Sony has warned users that the PlayStation Store on PS3, PSP and PS Vita, PlayStation Network account management, and PlayStation Network account registration will not be available during this maintenance period. However, things should be sorted out in time for the weekend, as Sony expects PSN to be back up and running by Friday morning at 8 a.m. (BST).
If you can't wait that long, there is a way you could possibly play online during the maintenance. According to Sony, if you sign in to PSN before the start of the maintenance window, you may be able to play online during the maintenance. The services listed above will not be available, even if you are signed into the Network, but you'll still be able to collect in-game trophies and these will be updated on your profile once PlayStation Network is back up and running.