Lengthy PSN Maintenance to Affect GT5’s Online Services, March 4th/5th

March 4th, 2012 by Jordan

Sony has announced a lengthy scheduled maintenance event for the PlayStation Network. The downtime begins at 20:00 UTC/GMT today (March 4th), and is expected to last more than 14 hours, until approximately 10:00 UTC/GMT on Monday, March 5th (convert this to your local timezone here).

When the maintenance period begins, all players will be disconnected, and cannot sign back in to Sony Entertainment Network services until the maintenance is complete. Although the announcement is currently only posted on Sony’s North American PlayStation website, other regions, including Europe, should expect to be affected as well. For specific information on the maintenance status, keep an eye on PlayStation’s Twitter feed.

Of course, this also means Gran Turismo 5‘s online services will be inaccessible during this time, so plan any online scheduled online racing events accordingly. As always, feel free to pass the time in our forums while you wait!

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  1. Mar. 6, 11:15am
    ripcurl

    anyone have any news on what the update will be for?

  2. Mar. 6, 10:27am
    SmileyOr1

    I’m noticing quicker log ins now.

  3. Mar. 5, 5:03pm
    iDomBMX

    14 hours? Wow it must be really hard on you guys

    Not being able to play PS3 for 14 hours…

  4. Mar. 5, 4:37pm
    TeamCZRRacing

    Finally! Back up on Saturn. :)

  5. Mar. 5, 1:27pm
    Foxiol

    By the way. Turn 10 and EA made some kind of “pact” for EA let Turn 10 having Porsches at their game. And they are going to release a May DLC with 30 Porsches classics and new ones. And they are going to release a new Forza game but not made by Turn10 called “Forza Horizon” also including Porsches.

    Turn10 is desperate for catch more fans or ex-fans (from GT series of course) and people who want special cars not only an entire game. To me having or not Porsche is not a problem…i don´t care but yeah i like the idea of having it but in GT5 no in other game. So in my case i prefer to wait even for GT6 and hopefully finally having Porsches. BUT again…there are more important things in the game itself or features needed than cars.

    The only good thing here from having Forza as a competition is that PD is going to open his eyes and make things better for us.
    And also new DLC from Forza and we are just in time for GT5 DLC too. Sometimes soon we´ll here some news from Jordan right here.

    Be patient people.

  6. Mar. 5, 1:05pm
    GTO_VR4

    Its back online for neptune residents

  7. Mar. 5, 10:23am
    SmileyOr1

    It’s back up as of this morning in the USA west Coast.

  8. Mar. 5, 7:27am
    AnTiheLT

    Its finished here in Denmark

  9. Mar. 5, 7:10am
    batman346

    here in greece it is supossed to finish 12 o clock and now it is 2 oclock and nothing WTF/././././,/.,/.,/,/,/.

  10. Mar. 5, 7:04am
    Froudeybrand

    Back online for Aussies

  11. Mar. 5, 1:26am
    Slashfan

    I can’t sign in. Somethin about the master account holder and terms of use. I’m the owner.

  12. Mar. 5, 1:07am
    Catlin

    Yep,back online for me too.

  13. Mar. 5, 12:54am
    AnthonyG

    me to

  14. Mar. 5, 12:53am
    lldantell

    I’m back online

  15. Mar. 5, 12:15am
    DriveTheGuard88

    Had to postpone my leagues season opener :(

  16. Mar. 4, 7:31pm
    rockstar95

    That’s good news. Thought something was wrong with my ps3.

  17. Mar. 4, 7:29pm
    Bklingaman

    So this is why i can’t play gt5? well, i guess this means *shudders* BF3 campaign….

    • Mar. 4, 8:03pm
      MustangCobra95

      Hahaha! I got a good laugh out of this comment!

    • Mar. 4, 8:35pm
      Projectoutlaw

      Time to fire up the 360 for awhile.

    • Mar. 4, 10:35pm
      Lambofanghini

      ^Ditto. Time to finish Halo Anniversary 3D. Just have to blow up the starship reactor on Legendary. Gonna take a while.

    • Mar. 4, 11:48pm
      MyFavoriteGame

      BF3 campaign aint so bad….and the fact that I’ve had the game for 4 months and haven’t completed it doesn’t invalidate my statement in any way

  18. Mar. 4, 7:10pm
    Evo_X

    Nope. Sorry Jordan! Lol

  19. Mar. 4, 7:00pm
    redgray99

    so is 10:00 gmt 5:00 est?

  20. Mar. 4, 6:15pm
    neil1297

    Funny thing about the maintenance is that it started 3 hours ago where i live and i am still playing online

    • Mar. 4, 6:21pm
      biftizmo

      I’ve been B-Spec’ing since all day…still on… Maintenance?

    • Mar. 4, 6:57pm
      ENTERSANDMAN13

      as soon as you sign out you wont be able to sign in again.

    • Mar. 4, 11:37pm
      GRAFX21

      Good time to get some Skyrim playtime in.

  21. Mar. 4, 6:07pm
    7945GT57945

    anonymous is back lol

    • Mar. 4, 7:04pm
      Jhwang

      Hopefully so

  22. Mar. 4, 6:06pm
    furiosomarron

    Lame!

  23. Mar. 4, 4:58pm
    max_speed

    was enjoying drifting offline when suddently….. red light flashing :S

  24. Mar. 4, 4:19pm
    Setnev

    So if I didn’t log into the game before the outage and claim my daily bonus and to keep my XP and cash bonus at 200%, I assume that I am going to have to start all over on this. If so, I will be seriously pissed off.

    • Mar. 4, 4:49pm
      f1_stig

      i just got my daily bonus when i just logged on. i think it is the game that determines that

    • Mar. 4, 4:55pm
      BubbleBelly542

      You’ll still have 200% but you’ll only get 9 chips and museum cards.

    • Mar. 4, 4:56pm
      Tintorera

      Even if you miss one day login, you just go back to 170% bonus, not all the way down to 100%…

    • Mar. 4, 8:33pm
      Projectoutlaw

      No you still stay at 200%. You do not go down to 170% until you miss 2 days in a row.

  25. Mar. 4, 4:15pm
    SaintSaiya

    Since the update messed it up i dont even use it anymore anyway ):(

  26. Mar. 4, 3:59pm
    Mightypickle

    I just hope they changed it so I don’t have to click OK EVERY time I go to the GT life screen. I guess they think in the time it takes to change oil I’ll forget I’m not logged in.

  27. Mar. 4, 3:52pm
    VYPA-SQUAD_Ace

    14 hours eh? I’m still online and it started 51 minutes ago.

    But getting a call from a pissed off friend about how he can’t sign in and then tell him what’s going on JUST to get a “….” from him is priceless. Lol.

    • Mar. 4, 5:24pm
      biftizmo

      i’ve been B-Spec’ing since lunch time …just started new race..

    • Mar. 4, 5:36pm
      VYPA-SQUAD_Ace

      I think I’m gonna start one up myself.

  28. Mar. 4, 3:32pm
    marktyper

    I don’t care if they will do a maintenance.. I just hope that the online reception through lobbys will improve the failures and lagging that it brings.

  29. Mar. 4, 1:37pm
    f1_stig

    should be on a week day when not as many people are on

    • Mar. 4, 6:53pm
      JaySin85

      True that. A sunday of all days, the day that most people have time to actually waste online playing a game…

    • Mar. 4, 8:59pm
      Heathenpride

      It’s Monday here :) I’m at work and it should be done by home time :tup:

  30. Mar. 4, 1:12pm
    Projectoutlaw

    Probably to fix the 5 million network issues all the vita owners have been complaining about. All the remote play stuff isn’t working at all. This is a rant from my friend that owns a vita lol.

    • Mar. 4, 2:38pm
      TheeFrogmanlego

      That has nothing to do with the PSN , at least local remote play.. most people have only used that..

    • Mar. 4, 5:52pm
      LeeMoldon

      Ps vita gets ridge racer ….again….epic fail…who at Sony has zero imagination?? At least the vita doesn’t look exactly like the PSP ….

    • Mar. 5, 3:43am
      sparkedglory

      @LeeMoldon. You know that pretty much every new console or handleld gets a new ridge racer right? :/ not trying to sound insulting btw.

    • Mar. 5, 6:03pm
      LeeMoldon

      @sparkedglory. yes, I did know…..thanks….

  31. Mar. 4, 1:04pm
    TriumphTT900

    Will we still be able to access seasonal events with PSN down? Will the 200% exp/credit bonus still be in effect during the downtime?

    • Mar. 4, 1:18pm
      Projectoutlaw

      Yes the xp and bonus stuff will probably still be in effect. If you miss a day and sign in the next you still get 200%. You just don’t get 10 paint chips and museum cards. You only get 9 but who cares about that lol.

    • Mar. 4, 1:37pm
      DIA1974

      No, seasonal events are not available whilst the PSN is down.

    • Mar. 4, 3:29pm
      marktyper

      NOPE. If there’s no PSN access, there won’t be any server. When there’s no server, the Seasonal events and online car dealership won’t be available since they are all connected online.

  32. Mar. 4, 12:41pm
    DA6righthand

    Hopefully this helps with some of the hiccups I experienced yesterday like screen tearing and multiple disconnects.

    • Mar. 4, 1:40pm
      MyFavoriteGame

      Some here…In BF3 and GT5

  33. Mar. 4, 11:54am
    eminembeastfan2

    Didn’t KAZ said that dlc are 3 months??? So the next DLC will be in April…So why can’t you people who think it’s a DLC just count 3 more times from the month of last DLC… Plus the PSN NETWORK updates have nothing to do with GT5…

    • Mar. 4, 11:58am
      foefke

      2 months

    • Mar. 4, 1:09pm
      Projectoutlaw

      Lol FAIL!

    • Mar. 4, 1:30pm
      TokoTurismo

      No, Mr. Yamauchi did not say 3 months, he specifically said 2 months. And no one is counting on updates for GT5 just because of the maintenance, it’s only sony related maintenance.

    • Mar. 4, 2:02pm
      eminembeastfan2

      TokoTurismo exactly i said… Sony has nothing to do with GT5 updates and whoops forgot it was 2 months guess it should be sometime this month for a new dlc :P i know that people want dlc and updates if you look at previous post that’s why i am just trying to help.

    • Mar. 4, 2:14pm
      TokoTurismo

      I understand you wanted to help, it’s just I wanted to remind you it was two months. ;)

  34. Mar. 4, 11:31am
    s2k2k3

    I’m sure nobody had any online activities planned on a Sunday.

    • Mar. 4, 3:58pm
      cmbeal317

      I’m in a racing league every Sunday night, and we had to cancel our races tonight.

  35. Mar. 4, 11:15am
    robert1

    possibly vita improvements?

    • Mar. 4, 11:21am
      BubbleBelly542

      Wouldn’t it just be Vita firmware then? As opposed to taking the whole network down for 14 hours?

    • Mar. 4, 2:13pm
      robert1

      depends, i no there is a bug with the friends list, so they might try and fix that conflict

  36. Mar. 4, 10:25am
    ketiux

    It’s good that most of you are still in school, so you can LEARN TO READ. This is a PSN maintenance, not a GT5 maintenance. Car pack? Huge DLC? Lmfao. Where are your parents to take away that PS3?

    • Mar. 4, 10:37am
      GTO_VR4

      Wheres the like button?

    • Mar. 4, 10:47am
      richiem2282

      Agreed… they need to quite their attempts at speed reading and learn to read the whole article.

    • Mar. 4, 10:48am
      bmxmitch

      1+

    • Mar. 4, 11:09am
      edawg456

      Agreed

    • Mar. 4, 11:16am
      BubbleBelly542

      I hope these people aren’t member of the forum and are just here on the news.

    • Mar. 4, 11:41am
      MyFavoriteGame

      I’m expecting some HUGE DLC!! not from PD,…But straight from Sony!…..PD doesn’t even know about this!

      And why is Downloadable Content abbreviated as “DLC”?….Isn’t “downloadable” one word? , shouldn’t it be “DC”?

    • Mar. 4, 11:51am
      another_jakhole

      LIKE

    • Mar. 4, 12:02pm
      TokoTurismo

      Lol, I agree too. Just wonder if theres an update fron Sony after the maintenance.

    • Mar. 4, 2:56pm
      BWX

      PD COULD take advantage of downtime to perform maintenance and schedule updates etc., so they’re the people you’re attacking might have a point.

    • Mar. 4, 3:30pm
      marktyper

      hahaha I know right! many people talk like a pro while they’re absolutely demonstrating an ignorant attitude.

    • Mar. 4, 6:49pm
      MyFavoriteGame

      I am 100% certain that PD WILL release surprise DLC after this update and no fewer than 100 Standard to Premiums!! You heard it here first people

    • Mar. 4, 7:55pm
      TokoTurismo

      ^ Haha, and the GT4 track pack featuring all of GT4’s tracks in GT5. :) I wonder what update they have plan for us all.

  37. Mar. 4, 10:21am
    WJHMH

    Well at least i”ve been too busy to play this weekend.

  38. Mar. 4, 10:15am
    masterrawad

    This will probably signify a big DLC pack or a huge update.

    • Mar. 4, 11:05am
      BubbleBelly542

      How?

    • Mar. 4, 11:31am
      richiem2282

      Exactly, How are you getting ” big DLC pack or a huge update” out of PlayStation doing some server work? Don’t get me wrong I’d love to see a massive “GT5 Update with DLC” but just throwing ideas out there based on NO evidence is just a bit silly if ya ask me…

    • Mar. 4, 11:49am
      another_jakhole

      He mistakenly thought this was GT5 maintenance.

      REEEElax guys.

  39. Mar. 4, 10:04am
    GLP

    Anyone heard or know when the Academy will be starting this year? If at all?

  40. Mar. 4, 9:53am
    HarVee

    This update better be an important one.

    • Mar. 4, 11:50am
      another_jakhole

      you better what your tone /s

      this isn’t for GT5.

    • Mar. 4, 11:51am
      another_jakhole

      meant to say “…WATCH your tone” , but it was a joke.

    • Mar. 4, 6:04pm
      Doober

      how do you know he didn’t mean an important psn update. and that he upset that he can’t play anything only for 14 hrs

    • Mar. 4, 11:48pm
      HarVee

      What I meant is that, if this update is going to take half a day to complete, then Sony better be doing something worthwhile to the PSN. I can understand that doing these updates take time, but usually they don’t take half an entire day to complete.

  41. Mar. 4, 9:32am
    FransEirik

    haha, me sleeping too..

  42. Mar. 4, 9:29am
    topolino

    IN KAZ WE TRUST………

  43. Mar. 4, 9:16am
    jcm

    :grumpy:

    There was supposed to be an F1 2011 race today, but not anymore :(

  44. Mar. 4, 8:46am
    SalmanBH

    This won’t affect me. I’m either sleeping or in school. Trol.

    • Mar. 4, 9:08am
      neilinoz

      It’s back up?!
      In Australia @ least…

    • Mar. 4, 9:12am
      neilinoz

      Nothing new in the store re GT5….

    • Mar. 4, 9:15am
      BubbleBelly542

      It’s not back up neilinoz it never went down. But it will be down in 7 hours 15 minutes.

    • Mar. 4, 9:15am
      BubbleBelly542

      Or rather 7 hours 45 minutes.

    • Mar. 4, 11:17am
      robert1

      its only 16:15 4th in GMT still about 4 hours before it goes down

  45. Mar. 4, 8:28am
    BubbleBelly542

    Darn. Had a good setup for a league race today. And my sign in bonus! Noooooooo!

    • Mar. 4, 9:18am
      neilinoz

      As down here in OZ for the last 2 hours…

    • Mar. 4, 9:19am
      neilinoz

      Was down here in OZ for the last 2 or so hours…

  46. Mar. 4, 6:33am
    ZoidFile

    We had a planned racing event today, well there it goes.

  47. Mar. 4, 6:29am
    Catlin

    So will we lose our login bonus?

    • Mar. 4, 6:56am
      Tvensky

      NO. Sign in today and then tomorrow! You can loose 1 day. you can get it back easy!

  48. Mar. 4, 6:04am
    Carson79

    DLC is due on March………………

  49. Mar. 4, 6:04am
    Emman1984

    Oh I think this is the postponed update we was supposed to get Thursday so it still in advance to me

  50. Mar. 4, 5:28am
    AnTiheLT

    Very short notice if you ask mé !

  51. Mar. 4, 5:12am
    Froudeybrand

    So does that mean the australians won’t see it til tomorrow? due the fact it;s the 3rd in america…….

    • Mar. 4, 5:14am
      Froudeybrand

      I can still axcess psn on my iphone app that i check to see who is online and playing what so…..

  52. Mar. 4, 5:04am
    BkS

    So it looks like the D1GP battles will have to wait AGAIN. >.>

  53. Mar. 4, 4:11am
    m8h3r

    Great, now we have 14 hours of “Do you wish to sign in?”, “Do you wish to sign in?”, “Do you wish to sign in?”, “Do you wish to sign in?”, “Do you wish to sign in?”, “Do you wish to sign in?”, “Do you wish to sign in?”, Thats just to get to GTLife.

    • Mar. 4, 5:02am
      BkS

      I hate that :(

    • Mar. 4, 6:15am
      karelpipa

      Yeah, its very very annoying, almost like annoying orange :-D

    • Mar. 4, 7:47am
      mister dog

      I think if you switch the internet connection off in the PS3 network settings menu, whilst the maintenance is busy, you won’t get that message anymore as GT5 does not try to connect at all anymore.

    • Mar. 4, 8:29am
      BubbleBelly542

      I think you didn’t put enough of that question in. It’s more like 50 times it asks you.

    • Mar. 4, 11:24am
      khooke

      turn off your network connection and you won’t get that message or the long delays waiting for network connections to time out

  54. Mar. 4, 3:21am
    RTSolvalou

    1 days notice, lol.

  55. Mar. 4, 3:18am
    GSXRMAN

    UTC time is the same as GMT isn’t it ??
    If GMT was used then most people would know how to workout the timings themselves instead of clicking on a link to some confussing web page…

    • Mar. 4, 7:28am
      PIGBOY

      i tried to do it in my head,but then i went to that website,how easy is it,my 2 year old staffy could use it.Thanks

  56. Mar. 4, 3:10am
    Skython

    I’m at school for most of that anyway. Take that other time zones! Except for ones who are sleeping.

  57. Mar. 4, 3:04am
    David Brooks

    I hope it improves network reliability

  58. Mar. 4, 2:51am
    jacoja06

    Why are these times listed as ‘UTC’? If GMT is used instead, everyone would know what time it would be in their country.

    • Mar. 4, 3:49am
      Jordan

      Time zones are actually based upon Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), not GMT, though the terms are generally used interchangeably. Apparently this is causing some confusion here, so I’ve updated the post.

    • Mar. 4, 8:49am
      shmibal

      what time does it start on east coast of US?

  59. Mar. 4, 2:49am
    zegrated

    Noooooooooo, I can only play on weekends :(

    Damn it, why can’t they wait till Monday so that less people would be affected??

  60. Mar. 4, 2:32am
    Fido996

    A dumb question I know, but does this affect UK and if so, what time?
    It would have to happen tonight, the final two rounds of our championship!

  61. Mar. 4, 2:25am
    Conza

    Well, anyone who follows the video game market knows that this is almost certainly related to Mass Effect 3 coming out on the 6th of March in the US, so that’ll be what the delay will be for, almost certainly.

    • Mar. 4, 6:39am
      ROYALEFATALE

      and Street Fighter x Tekken, two of the biggest franchises in video games coming together

    • Mar. 4, 8:50am
      Blitz24

      And MLB 12 The Show! Wait, that’s not popular outside the United States.

  62. Mar. 4, 2:25am
    HuskyGT

    Well, I have like 30 other PS3 games, my old faithful PS2 and my Resident Evil collection on Game Cube. Have plenty of options while I wait :)

  63. Mar. 4, 2:23am
    protocollo

    sunday… part of week-end…

  64. Mar. 4, 2:13am
    WangansGodHand

    inb4 winers

  65. Mar. 4, 1:51am
    jensen198

    This is probably vita related, to some extent.

    Speaking of, GT-vita anyone???

  66. Mar. 4, 1:42am
    MOTORTRENDmitch

    Oh well.. there’s other things to do;) aha

  67. Mar. 4, 1:38am
    gothenqcowboys

    Oh well… time to finish of Batman Arkham City and AC Revelations

    • Mar. 4, 2:05am
      schlep16

      I still havent bought AC: R and AC: 3 is coming out.

    • Mar. 4, 10:23am
      spikeyhairdude

      I still ned to buy ac:r. Assains creed is my favorite game. i love all of them. but have no money at the mment to buy the recent one

  68. Mar. 4, 1:28am
    TokoTurismo

    I wonder what Sony is up too… Maybe something great after the maintenance?

    • Mar. 4, 3:02pm
      harrison1476

      Im still signed in.. isn’t maintence now..

  69. Mar. 4, 1:27am
    NISMO DK

    Probably updates.

  70. Mar. 4, 1:20am
    schlep16

    Sony Entertainment Network….still doesnt sound right.

    • Mar. 4, 1:46am
      fourliter

      FYI, contrary to some of the initial media reports, SEN isn’t the new name for PSN. It’s the new name for Qirocity.

  71. Mar. 4, 1:17am
    WTFnews

    oh wow this is bad news, or mayby good news?

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