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

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. 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.

  2. batman346

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

    1. Lambofanghini

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

    2. 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

  3. neil1297

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

  4. 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.

    1. Tintorera

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

  5. 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.


    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.

  7. 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.

    1. JaySin85

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

  8. 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.

    1. TheeFrogmanlego

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

    2. 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 ….

    3. sparkedglory

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

  9. 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?

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  10. DA6righthand

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

  11. 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…

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    1. BubbleBelly542

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

  12. 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?

    1. richiem2282

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

    2. 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”?

    3. 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.

    4. marktyper

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

    5. 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

    6. 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.

    1. 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…

    1. 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

    2. 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.

    1. BubbleBelly542

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

  13. Emman1984

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

  14. Froudeybrand

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

    1. Froudeybrand

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

  15. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. BubbleBelly542

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

    3. khooke

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


    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…

    1. 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

  17. Skython

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

  18. jacoja06

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

    1. 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.

  19. zegrated

    Noooooooooo, I can only play on weekends :(

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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 :)

    1. 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

    1. 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.

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