Submitted by black0o 363d ago | news

PlayStation Network Announcement

SCEE Blog:

''We are aware that users are experiencing some disruption to the PSN service. To minimise the inconvenience we have suspended the “redeem voucher” functionality whilst we investigate further. Unfortunately this means that money cards, product vouchers, PlayStation Plus vouchers, PS3-PS4 upgrade vouchers and any other vouchers for digital content are not redeemable at this stage. Other PSN features such as log-in, online multi-player gaming, PlayStation Plus trial, PS Store (excluding voucher redemption), trophies, messages, friends etc. are all available.'' (PS4)

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gamertk421   363d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(4)
curtis92  +   363d ago | Well said
Too many dang people buyin up PS4s all over the world. This is your fault, sony. Making PS4 so appealing--WHAT WERE YOU THINKING
MizTv  +   363d ago
Still sounds like it's working better than the us governments health care web sights
tenacious_b  +   363d ago
Web sights? Please tell me you're kidding.
parentoftheyear  +   362d ago
LoL ^^
KwietStorm  +   362d ago
Is that some kind of new age ADS reticle?
Si2k78  +   362d ago
MizTv  +   362d ago
Sorry sometimes the spell check is stupid on my phone
Evil_Abed  +   363d ago
Really? So the network was able to handle the 80 million plus users but suddenly an extra million users(which consists mostly existing users) is causing problems? Help me reconcile my logic with your nonsense.
curtis92  +   363d ago
Your logic isn't working right. 80 million weren't on PSN all at once for starters. And secondly, when a service gets flooded, it goes down. That's freaking internet 101 man.
Evil_Abed  +   363d ago
So you are saying PSN has never had more than a million people log in at the same time? Must have not heard of a little game called Call of Duty.

This is just a spin to try hide Sony's incompetence. Every time there is a downtime on psn, PS fans claim it is because of new users or some free download or whatever. Me, I call it like it is. Incompetence.
Ju  +   363d ago
^^ Of course it spiked with a new console release, Captn Obvious.
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Lord Maim  +   363d ago
Considering the last time this happened was November 15th for a few hours, I don't think its a stretch to see its about the EU launch. A couple million users downloading updates and free games all at once is gonna cause some congestion.
curtis92  +   363d ago
@Evil_Abed What's your point in all this? Just pissed the PS4 is doing well? Feel like arguing for the sake of arguing? Regardless of your opinion of the matter, PSN is having troubles no doubt due to the massive spike in activity. Whether you accept that or not is irrelevant.
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rainslacker  +   363d ago
It's basically like a DOS attack on the servers, although it's with legitimate users. You'd be surprised how little it takes to take down any server. Usually much less than 1 million concurrent hits/downloads. Very few companies have the infrastructure to handle that load.
DeadlyFire  +   362d ago
80 million PS plus users? Noooooo. 80 million PSN users yes/maybe. At most 5-10 Million could ever be concurrent online at the same time on average its much less than that, but I am giving a guesstimate of a max. I suspect 1-5 million of the 80 million users ever play online daily.

PS+ members are a fraction of the 80 million and not all users ever log on at the same time. PS4 requires + for online play so server status will spike as so many flood to get it. This often causes gridlock. It happens every single time. Every DRM game is a great example of this. They are unplayable for a week. Then things are fine.
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Delive  +   362d ago
No one is taking into account that 80 million sold does not mean 80 million colsoles owned concurrently. Consoles died, were sold, stolen, upgraded, handed down or even swapped for a competitor.
mgeezy313  +   362d ago
Man, you really sound like you have it all figured out... You must have an awesome console that you released for your multi-billion dollar company. Congratulations on making a better network than PS4, know-it-all.
Salooh  +   363d ago
I bought Killzone SF, Battlefield 4 and AC black flag at the same time. It's like spending a fortune XD . It would be annoying like hell to download 100gb in ps3 but ps4 is another story :) .
MYDEATH21  +   363d ago
I was saddened and i lmao this morning when I called every store within 60 mile radius trying to get a ps4, they were all sold out and almost every one of them told me they still had some xbones still available. Sony is killin it ;)
Angrymorgan  +   362d ago
Dude my situation is no better, got my ps4 yesterday, set it all up only to find that it has a power fault......my local game cant exchange it because they sold out so I have to wait untill next week to get my replacement from sony......its killing me, sitting here looking at it... £450 paper weight.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   362d ago
Oh is that the problem? Too many people buying a PS4? LMAO.. PSN sucks compared to Live, they couldn't handle their launch, and now players can't do stuff online.

Way to spin it though. Funny when everyone and their Mom bought a 360 that one Year, and Live was down here and there for some people and Xbox fans were pissed and yelling out that too many people bought Live and MS wasn't ready for it, that was a problem.

But when this happens to Sony it's not a problem for their fans. So we have Sony fans with no 360's saying it was a huge problem and unacceptable for Live to go down for some during Christmas one year when lot's of new people bought 360's,.. and now we have Sony fans who have bought PS4's and they're talking about how this is no problem and that too many people have bought a PS4.

Ha ha ha... You have to love it.
wooferine  +   362d ago
A large reason for the uproar when Xbox Live went down was because it is a paid service and extended over 2 weeks if I recall correctly. People do expect some issues during launch periods but only for a short period of time. Otherwise they get impatient.
dboyman  +   362d ago
I think this why Sony is now requiring PS plus for online play for PS4. They need the money for more servers, as well as improve PSN Infrastructure...
amiga-man  +   363d ago
Makes sense while the network is under strain with so many new PS4 owners logging in,
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Evil_Abed  +   363d ago
What about the 80 million users before? How was it able to handle them?
Utalkin2me  +   363d ago
Dude you seriously are not going to let that "80 million " comment go are you. Do you think all 80,000,000 sign in at one time? You have 3 platforms to deal with hear now. Ps3/Ps4/Vita and they are all cross platform and most stuff carry over to each.
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Orbilator  +   363d ago
yaaaaawwwwwwwnnnnnn.Really you need someone to explain ? 80 million users but not all put high demand on servers at same time. Psn is a crawl when psn store gets updated every week. Its all about demand
amiga-man  +   363d ago
What about the 80 million users before? How was it able to handle them?

I'm no expert on networks but it isn't rocket science to figure the new Playstation4 owners hammering the network is causing the problems, once they have their systems up and running things will settle down.
B1663r  +   363d ago
Dude, PSN was never able to handle 80 million people. PSN goes down 2x a week from some error or another like clock work.

This is just confirming what we already knew... Sony's PSN is assy. Always has been, always will be. The difference is that now they have to pay for it...

The truth of the term PS3.5 continues unabated.
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Evil_Abed  +   363d ago
Yeah PS4 does not have as many users as a single version of CoD has had on PS3 alone. Millions log on to psn during CoD launches, many times more than the current PS4 base. So I call BS on the new user excuse.
PSN is just an unstable network. Plain and Simple.
Utalkin2me  +   363d ago

You do realize COD does not have dedicated servers right? Its a peer to peer system, so there is not near as much traffic on PSN playing COD as saying MAG or something that has dedicated servers.

Actually i really dont know what you're blabbing about considering the only thing wrong with PSN is not being able to redeem voucher codes? Is that such a big deal? Another person to add to ignore list.
Lord Maim  +   363d ago
B1663r says "PSN goes down 2x a week from some error or another like clock work."

Spoken like someone who doesn't use PSN. That's just plain wrong. Its just launch woes, just like Xbox Live had for a few hours after their launch of the Xbox One.
Utalkin2me  +   363d ago
BTW, maybe you could stop making troll accounts. Could the mods purge the system sheesh.
Evil_Abed  +   363d ago
How is this a troll account? It is the same GGJ account, only I just changed the name.
CGI-Quality  +   363d ago
Good thing you're out of bubbles because one gets tired of hearing utter nonsense. In fact, this topic seems to have attracted a lot of trolls. Haven't seen it this bad in a while.

OT: Anyway, I remember having slight issues the night of the North American launch. Was back up and fine the next morning. Wouldn't worry about it much.
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Benchm4rk  +   362d ago
Not all 80 million people are connected to the PSN. Not all 80 million have internet at there house. Probably only half that 80 million go online to play.
timl241  +   362d ago
You're an IDIOT.

Let me break this down for you. The Xbox 360 and the PS3 sold roughly the same amount.

So far, the Xbox One and the PS4 have sold roughly the same amount.

As of right now, Xbox Live is not having any problems staying connected. And as of right now, a lot of people are having problems with PSN.

And do you know why? I'm gonna say something that is gonna get laughed at. But it's because of the cloud. 300,000 servers for the Xbox One. Do you know how many the PS4 has? Neither do I because they haven't announced it yet.

I'm happy I've payed for Xbox Live for the past 8 years. Microsoft paid us back with the 300,000 servers. I'll gladly pay for no lag.

Maybe Sony will smarten up next gen. Maybe.

Just remember, you get what you pay for.
caseh  +   363d ago
Hah, I called this about 2-3 days back and got tons of disagrees! Suck it, SUCK IT!

I shouldn't be so happy though, as my PS4 is sat there and I can't do anything with it really. :)

* Keep the disagrees coming, if you really thought the PSN wouldn't go down considering the amount of people expected to hit the network at once you're either naïve or stupid, actually...both.
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mark134uk  +   363d ago
play a game?
caseh  +   363d ago
Well i'm in work tonight so its no big deal. PS4 came with Knack, selling that tomorrow and I was hoping to get my hands on the F2P games like Blacklight but expected the PSN network to be screwed on day one.

I didn't get a PS4 to play the usual suspects (COD/AC/FIFA etc).
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Utalkin2me  +   363d ago

" PSN features such as log-in, online multi-player gaming, PlayStation Plus trial, PS Store (excluding voucher redemption), trophies, messages, friends etc. are all available.''"

So the only thing you can't do on PSN is voucher redemption and you called that and you're telling everyone to suck it? I don't think you actually read it and just jumped to conclusions.
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caseh  +   363d ago
Look at SniperControls post below:

'Got mine last night, PSN was working like a dream, from about 3pm onwards, nothing "PSN is undergoing maintenance" '

Clearly not available across the board is it.

And while you're at it, take a look at the first comment on the link. ta-daaa
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Utalkin2me  +   363d ago
Well ta daa mine has been perfect since after the day of launch. I would assume Uk have some issues just as the first 12 hours in the US. Its ok just go back to playing your games in 720p. And another person to add to ignore list.
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caseh  +   363d ago
Well duh, this is affecting EU users hence the URL - blog.eu.playstation.com

Another person to add to the wtf you talking about list.
black0o  +   363d ago
try harder
jerethdagryphon  +   362d ago
its not the number hitting the network at the same time its that same number hitting the network for exactly the same thing they ll want to activate ps+ dl the updates and such , its like the initial surge at the end of a sporting event everyone trys to go to the doors.

give it a bit of time and things will go back to normal , as for psn going down, ive rarely had it go down for any reason thats ot announced maintenance, and when it does its hours at most,
SniperControl  +   363d ago
Got mine last night, PSN was working like a dream, from about 3pm onwards, nothing "PSN is undergoing maintenance"
B1663r  +   363d ago
In other words everything is normal in PSN land...
Hicken  +   363d ago
Is this really happening? Are you really trolling this hard?

Let's see how long it takes for your comments to get marked, IF they get marked.
DOMination-  +   362d ago
My ps4 may as well be bricked. I enter my log in details, see "please wait" for five mins then go througg the set up only to wait another 5 mins for a message to tell me "communication error" then takes me back to the start where it doesn't even remember my email address and I have to type it in again.
IRetrouk  +   362d ago
I had that yesterday, i left it for an hour and tried again and it let me recover my profile, i think its pot luck at the min mate.
TwinDad  +   363d ago
Disable of redeem codes. To many people buying the pS+ cards and adding them to the store creating massive latency?
SniperControl  +   363d ago
speaking of which, i already have PS+ paid up for the year, wont let me redeem the free 14 days, hoping it would latch onto the year sub.
slazer101  +   363d ago
It will stack. Just keep trying. (Well after they fix it). I have a few days left on my plus subscription. I bought another year. Got 30 day trial and another 7 days with BF4. It took a couple of days of re entering codes but they all eventually went through and stacked. I am now good till 1/10/2015. Just keep trying.
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SniperControl  +   362d ago
Thanks, I will.
Outlaw1986  +   363d ago
Yeah I just bought another year of ps+ and it wasn't letting me enter the code in. I was wondering why but hopefully they get it going soon now.
Omar91  +   363d ago
I also bought another year of plus but I was wondering if I add this code, will it be added on to my 3 months left plus or will it not add on?
Outlaw1986  +   363d ago
It will add extra time to what u already have. I'm trying to stack 2 one year codes on top of each other. :) ordered one online i got to wait for in the mail and decided to go to the store and get one a little bit ago.
iKenny  +   363d ago
Same thing happened at US launch. Problem was solved a few hours after. SONY doing phenomenal!
CuddlyREDRUM  +   362d ago
It was happening for a couple days for me on the US launch.
N8  +   362d ago
Yeah it was only down for me for a couple hours. I played ac4 until then.
DK_Kithuni_71  +   363d ago
Who cares? I'm downloading Aliens: Colonial Marines right now to my PS3 from PSN. The game may be shit but I LOVE aliens and Sony sold it to me for less than €5. Sony.. Thank you. Great deal.

Well.. Off topic? Nope. I did mention PSN, right?
Braveheart_NZ  +   363d ago
I don't think that you can use the 14 day trial if you already have a PS+ account. It specifically says that when you read the print. Only those who don't have PS+ will have the code accepted. If you went and got another full non trial sub PS+ then yes, you can stack.
jocomat9  +   362d ago
So if anyone already has over 4 months of ps+ and you can't redeem the free trial. And it expires in march i beleive. Could you send me your free code? I will bubble up anyone who does. Thanks
MasterCornholio  +   363d ago
I can't play Resogun because it says I Dont have the liscence and I have PlayStation plus.

Anyone else have this problem?
B1663r  +   363d ago
Ouch, good thing Sony didn't use online DRM. LOLOLOL
Lord Maim  +   363d ago
In your settings > PSN menu, did you restore your licenses?
MasterCornholio  +   363d ago
I'm downloading a bunch of stuff now so it appears that PSN is working again. Once Resoguns finished I'll let you know if your advice solves the issue that I'm having.
MasterCornholio  +   363d ago
It worked. Thank you so much.

Have a bubble for being helpful.
hazardman  +   363d ago
I just finished playing resogun no problems here. Is it a region problem or overall network because i havent experienced any issue with my service.
Lord Maim  +   363d ago
Glad to hear it. Enjoy! Resogun is ridiculously fun.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   363d ago
kill the green glow (keepers). follow the green beam. save the humans.
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steve30x  +   363d ago
I was trying to play gt5 online with my brother earlier and I kept getting disconnected from the server
Maxor  +   363d ago
This is what happens when you don't have the power of the cloudz Sony. Get your act together and add more network capacity. There's a lot of people at home during the Holidays and we all want to play our PS4.

I'm trying to get back into my BF4 game for that delicious double XP right now...
jahfen83  +   363d ago
Only for Europe correct?
CoTton_MoUtH  +   363d ago
Thanks I was tryna redeem my subscription I was wondering why it wasn't working
AJ Hartley  +   363d ago
Mines fine been playing cod but I now really hate cod haha
greenart  +   363d ago
nothing new
iiwii  +   363d ago
I bought two of the one year subscriptions today, haven't tried to redeem them yet, but i'm still on my one month free. I can wait a bit and let others get in. A friend bought the 1 year subscription today also and had some issues with the server entering the code (in US) but it took it after a few minutes and he was happily downloading Uncharted 3 on his PS3.

It should work out in a few more hours. I suspect some of this is related to the Black Friday sale on PS+ subscriptions too, and stacking that on top of the new EU launch is just hammering the servers. Everyone trying to download gigs of stuff all at once.
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kingPoS  +   363d ago
Cod's peer to peer severs vs PSN's dedicated severs. Look! Lets take a brief look at torrents: the more active severs/clients there are the better it works, whereas with dedicated severs, data is distributed very differently.

If anything, COD's numbers work in it's favor... just like bit-torrent.

Gateway MT6706 2008
elsaed12345  +   362d ago
this is annoying when I got home I couldn't wait to plug that baby in and I had my account ready and everything when I want to top for the ps plus I go on redeem codes and when I press continue it just takes me back to the menu screen its so annoying now im just with battlefield 4 campaign which isn't bad but I would like to try out the multiplayer because I haven't played it yet and it looks epic
bomboclaat_gamer  +   362d ago
i still cant redeem my frikking codes
wtf is this garbage ass service
razrye  +   362d ago
Calm down it is to be expected.
C_Dub  +   362d ago
I got a Black Friday deal on a 1 year PS+ subscription but was getting all kinds of errors when trying to use it. I hope the system didn't eat my code when it comes back online. I was able after about 10 tires to get it to accept the code but when I went to confirm the subscription in the store I got errors. That's as far as I could get so the code should still work because I never actually redeemed it.

Anyways this is crazy and very frustrating paying for a service and then having it crap out on you.
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GuyThatMakesSense  +   362d ago
I redeemed a PS+ year service and after I clicked confirm it said there was an error. I better get the service I paid for.
fattyuk  +   362d ago
You will, it's been confirmed on the blog so no need to jump on that high horse just yet.
CuddlyREDRUM  +   362d ago
Chill out, fatty.
fattyuk  +   362d ago
Chilled as an ice cube
Barneyco  +   362d ago
I couldn't get the code to work on my ps4 but it did work on my ps3. You could also try the SEN site.
L0wbanR  +   362d ago
Code just worked on my PS4. Try it.
mr233  +   362d ago
since launch day, the PS store has been telling me to join PS+ but I renewed my year in October. The Correct INFO is there under services though. I saw online that many people have this problem. Hopefully this will be included in the fix.
Wescyde  +   362d ago
I was able to redeem my season pass voucher on the Sony Online from my PC, then i could get on the PSN and download all the freebies that come with it.
CuddlyREDRUM  +   362d ago
PSN is still PSN.
razrye  +   362d ago
Yeah a excellent service.
CuddlyREDRUM  +   362d ago
Sony Defense Force has the worst fanboys.
kenshiro100  +   362d ago
And XBox fanboys are just as hypocrital and childish. They scream about Sony fanboys being in XBox articles and yet here they are, in a Sony article.

Just like you.
CuddlyREDRUM  +   361d ago
I own a PS4 and have no liking towards Xbox One. Please explain how being critical when a company effs up, even one I support, makes me a fanboy of an opposite corporation?

None of us own stock in Sony and Microsoft.
kenshiro100  +   360d ago
Then you can call out Microsoft ehen they screw up too. All companies screw up in some way- not just Sony. Btw, this isn't even a screwup.a
bomboclaat_gamer  +   362d ago
code redemption is back online
i can finally redeem my 2 years psn
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