For the third time in a fortnight and just ahead of Sony's move to increase prices for PlayStation Plus in the United States, the PlayStation Network has gone down — again.
Update #2 (12:46 PM): PlayStation's official status page is now reporting that all services are back online in Australia and worldwide, bringing an end to yet another outage:
Update #1 (11:13 AM): The PlayStation Store is back online for Australians, although services for accounts, gaming and social are still offline.
Earlier this morning, the official PlayStation Twitter account gave credence to complaints from users, saying that they were aware of "issues logging into PSN".
We're aware that users are experiencing issues logging into PSN. Thanks for your patience as we investigate. https://t.co/oLLCoPwIE1
— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) September 6, 2016
The current status page for the Australian network shows that account management, gaming and social, and the PlayStation Store services are all offline.
Users in the United States are having the same problems, with PlayStation Video and PlayStation Music the only services operating as per normal.
Unsurprisingly, irate gamers have taken to social media to express their discontent:
— Adriana (@HidingAdriana) September 7, 2016
— Kolddeth430 (@Kolddeth430) September 7, 2016
— Jesse Arias (@LucasACHL) September 7, 2016
— Dominic (@nerdydad6) September 7, 2016
At the time of writing, we were unable to connect to the servers, with the service saying "the connection to the server" had been lost.