After days of problems connecting to the PlayStation Network and corresponding services on the PlayStation 4, two of Kotaku's systems have booted up and connected immediately. Are things looking up? Update: Sony says service has been restored.
Up until a few minutes ago my PlayStation 4 would not connect to PSN. I could not access the PlayStation Store. My activity feed would not update, and none of my downloadable games were playable. Now, in the blink of an eye, it's all back. Stephen Totilo reported similar results on his PlayStation 4. I've downloaded some DLC from the store, and Totilo's connected to Destiny.
A cursory Twitter search shows many users saying they can finally connect to the service, while some indicate they are still having issues.
For now there's no official word from Sony regarding the restoration of services, either via the PlayStation blog or the @AskPlayStation Twitter account. The most recent update on the PlayStation blog indicated engineers were still working to restore network functions following an engineered surge of malicious traffic, adding weight to online collective Lizard Squad's claims that they brought the servers down via DDoS attack on Christmas Day.
We might be coming out of the woods, but as intermittent issues with Xbox Live demonstrate, there's always a chance of lingering problems.
So speak up. Is your PlayStation 4 finally connecting to the PlayStation Network, or are you still out of luck? Chime in with your location and maybe we can form a picture of how Sony's fixes are being deployed.
Update: Sony updated its post on the PlayStation Blog, indicating service has finally been restored following holiday attacks.
PlayStation Network is back online. As you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. This may have prevented your access to the network and its services over the last few days.