Reports of the PSN status being down started coming in earlier tonight, with PlayStation Network users confirming error messages.
These include PSN maintenance reports, which state that core online services are currently unavailable.
The official PSN Status page has now changed to show that ALL core PlayStation Network services are now down.
This includes everything from Gaming and Social, to Accountant Management, the PlayStation Store and even Sony Music services.
“You may have some difficulty launching games, applications, or online features,” a message from the PlayStation support team reads.
“Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, and we thank you for your patience.”
It appears that tonight’s outage is pretty far-reaching and causing a lot of trouble for PS4 users, although PS3 and PS Vita are not currently included in the list of affected devices.
“I just started playing Titanfall 2 multiplayer. & just made a friend & now we can’t even crush skulls under our big metal feet! Thanks Sony!” one user wrote.
Another added: “Monster Hunter just released an Update and boom Playstation is now down.
“Yeah just saw that as well, I was about to slay the 3rd elder dragon with my squad!”
It’s true that a new Monster Hunter World update has been released, although it seem unlikely to be connected with tonight’s ongoing PSN issues.
Fans will be hoping that this will be a fleeting issue which will be sorted out soon, and not something that will see multiplayer modes disrupted for hours.
It follows the recent release of the PS4 system update 5.50 beta testing phase, which went live earlier this week.
Among the biggest new features is Supersampling on PS4 Pro, which is ideal if you don’t own a 4K TV.
The brand new Supersampling mode enables users with HDTVs to enjoy enhanced visuals. With the option enabled, games will be rendered at a higher resolution, before being downscaled to match the TV.
Another useful feature is Play Time Management, which lets parents and guardians set time limits on how long children can play for.
The system will send a notification to the child when playtime is coming to an end, giving them enough time to save progress.
You can even set the system to automatically log out once the time comes to an end.