PlayStation Network Down for 14 Hours Starting Today

If you own a PlayStation 3 and are addicted to online gaming, it's time to fall in love with the PC all over again. Or read a book or do whatever it is you do when you're not tapping into the PlayStation Network (PSN). Sony is planning to perform some heavy duty maintenance on the PlayStation Network later today that will take the service offline for about 14 hours, and possibly longer.

"This significant PSN maintenance period is expected to start at just after noon Pacific and will last for several hours, until approximately 2am Pacific on Monday, March 5," Sony announced in a blog post. "Unlike typical maintenance events, consumers who are already signed-in to PSN will be signed-out, and consumers will be unable to sign in for the duration of the maintenance window. During this time, users won’t be able to access the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Home, Account Management or play online. PSN enabled websites will not be able to service users, including this one."

Sony initially planned to perform the service upgrade on Thursday but ultimately decided to postpone it until Sunday (today) for reasons unknown. That's the bad news. The good news? The service isn't being hacked, it's just down for maintenance.

For you Twitter junkies out there, Sony says it will post a tweet the moment PSN is back online via its @PlayStation Twitter account.