PlayStation NetworkAs we enter the fourth day of Sony’s downtime with the PlayStation Network caused by an “external intrusion,” Sony issued an apology saying that it’s not only trying to bring the online service back up as soon as possible, but it’s also “rebuilding [PSN] to further strengthen [PlayStation’s] infrastructure network.”

Here’s the official statement from the official PlayStation blog:

We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.

So there you go. When PSN goes back up, it should be rather fortified. Yeah, it’s the Easter holiday and PlayStation gamers can’t get online to frag each other. Doesn’t that just ruin a good weekend?

Here’s to hoping Sony resolves whatever issues are plaguing PSN quickly. Keen commenters have pointed out that a few years ago Xbox Live suffered from a two week outage. Comparatively, four days for a free service should be rather tolerable. Why not dust off those old board games or read a new book while Sony works to fix the issues?

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