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PlayStation Network suffering from 'intermittent connectivity' issues

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

PlayStation owners are experiencing "intermittent connectivity" to PlayStation Network, Sony said today on the PlayStation Knowledge Center.

Members of the Polygon team were able to sign in on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, but were initially unable to access the PlayStation Store or get their friends list to display. We also signed in on the PlayStation App, but it didn't show any of our friends as online. Within a few minutes, the friends list and the PS4's "What's New" section began loading again. However, the friends list appears to be working improperly, with friend counts fluctuating wildly.

Today's troubles follow extended periods of downtime for PSN on and after Christmas Day last week. Both PSN and Microsoft's Xbox Live went down on Dec. 25, after reportedly suffering DDoS attacks. It took multiple days for PSN to fully recover, with network issues persisting throughout the past weekend.

Sony tweeted a link to a PlayStation Knowledge Center page from the Ask PlayStation Twitter account earlier today. The page recommends that people try tweaking the MTU settings in their console's network configuration if they're having trouble accessing PSN.

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