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Sony’s PlayStation Network was down earlier this afternoon following the US release of the popular open-ended building game, Minecraft.

This afternoon, around 1PM CDT, eager PlayStation 4 owners attempting to download Minecraft were met with various errors, including error code NW-31201-7. A Google search was able to reveal that the error code appears as the result of servers down or currently unavailable. Sony’s own PlayStation Knowledge Center error code search returned no results, however.

By 2PM CDT, PS4 users trying to log onto the PlayStation Network received a notification that PSN was down for maintenance, before service was finally restored roughly an hour later. Throughout the ordeal Sony’s PSN Status page reported that the service was operational. Access to PSN on the PlayStation 3 and Vita was unaffected.

Disappointed users took to Twitter to voice their frustration:

Others questioned whether the PlayStation Network would be able to remain operational during the release of Bungie’s highly-anticipated MMO-shooter, Destiny, on September 9th:

To their credit, Sony did acknowledge the situation and communicate their progress in resolving the problem with users on Twitter:

This news today comes on the heels of a series of outages in late August, when an online group calling themselves the Lizard Squad executed a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on PSN servers; Sony later rendered the service inaccessible as scheduled maintenance was performed.

Matt Duke

Matt Duke has enjoyed video games for over twenty-five years, and strongly maintains that Super Mario Bros. 3 was the greatest video game ever created. He is currently working toward a platinum trophies in Plants Vs. Zombies and The Last of Us: Remastered. A classic under-achiever, when not playing video games, he enjoys writing about himself in third-person.