How To Check PSN Server Status [2 Easy Ways]

It's important to know whether the problem lies with your connection or the servers. Here are two ways to check if the servers are up and running!

Most PlayStation errors you might face today are network errors, such as PlayStation error code WS-44369-6. Despite the name having network in it, about half the time, the error is instead caused by there being a problem with the PSN servers. Therefore, you can check PSN servers to solve these errors.

Key Takeaways

  • Many errors are caused by the servers being down, and it’s necessary to diagnose whether the servers or your internet causes the problem.
  • You can use the official PlayStation website to check the status and third-party sites such as Downdetector.
  • If the servers are not down, the problem lies with your console or your internet.

What Does Checking PSN Server Status Mean?

PSN refers to the PlayStation Network. Checking PSN servers means checking if there have been any announcements about the servers being on maintenance or down due to an issue. You can do this in several ways, and in this guide, I’ll explain how to do so using the official PlayStation website and Downdetector.

What Causes PSN Servers To Be Down?

Several reasons can cause an issue with the servers. These reasons are:

  • There might be scheduled maintenance.
  • Too many users are trying to use a feature at the same time.
  • Regional servers are not connecting properly.
  • Your country of residence is not allowing access to PlayStation servers.
  • An unidentified issue is causing server problems.
  • The PlayStation team temporarily put the servers down in response to some huge problem.

When To Check PSN Server Status?

If you’re facing an error that does not tell you how to fix it, chances are this error is a network error. In response to these errors, you can also check if the servers are running apart from fixing your internet.

  • You can do this in response to errors like WS-44369-6  and WS-37469-9.
  • You can also do this in more general cases, such as multiplayer not working or not being able to make in-app purchases.

How To Check PSN Server Status?

You can check the status of these servers in many ways, but I’ll be discussing the two most commonly used ones here. You can use either of the websites I’ve mentioned below to do so:

  • Using the PlayStation website.
  • Using Downdetector.

Both of these are incredibly simple to use, but I’ll explain how to use each website below to avoid misunderstandings.

Using The PlayStation Website

You can check the problem by going to the PlayStation website. I’ll be listing down the steps required to check the status through the said website below:

  1. Search Google for “PSN server status” or simply “PSN server.”
    searching google for PSN
    Searching Google for PSN (Image by Emopulse)
  2. The first link that pops up would be the official PS website, and it should be the same as the link I put earlier.
    psn website
    Select your region on the website (Image by Emopulse)
  3. You’ll now be asked to select your region. If you’re unsure about your region, search Google for “What PSN region is (insert your country).”
  4. After you have selected your region, the website will refresh and take you to the server status page.
    server status is fine
    The servers are fine (Image by Emopulse)

If the website shows this, there is no problem with the server.

Using Downdetector

An alternative to using the official website is Downdetector, a third-party website that checks not only PSN servers but also those of other networks. You can click the link above or follow the instructions below from the start by searching for it on Google.

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Downdetector on Google (Image by Emopulse)
  1. Search Google for “PSN servers Downdetector”, and the website will appear.
    picture of downdetector
    The servers are fine on Downdetector (Image by Emopulse)
  2. Once you’re on the website, the server status will be shown on the first page.

What To Do When Servers Are Running?

If the servers are fine, and an error still appears, the problem likely lies with your internet or your console. If a specific error is coming up, search our website for the specific error code. If it’s a general problem, restarting your router or reconnecting the WIFI can help.

What To Do When Servers Are Down?

Unfortunately, if the servers are down, you can do little more than wait. You should still be able to use your console offline and play any games you own. It also helps to search on other platforms, such as Reddit and Twitter, to see if Sony has posted any statements regarding the servers.

If the servers are down for maintenance, you can get the exact time they’ll be back up by searching for them. If, instead, they’re down due to an issue, you might have to leave your plans of logging on for another day.

Final Words

PSN is short for PlayStation Network, an online service from Sony for the PlayStation consoles. Often you may face errors that do not have any instructions on how to fix them. These errors are network errors and are caused by bad internet or a problem with the servers. Checking PSN servers helps diagnose whether the problem lies on your part or the server. You can check the status in several ways, the most important of which are the PlayStation website and Downdetector.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is my PSN region?

You can find your PSN region by logging into the PlayStation website. You'll see your avatar on the top right, from there, you can click on it and then go to Account Settings > Residential Address > Edit to see your region.

Why is my PSN region locked?

Once you've set up your account, you can no longer change the region.

Is PSN region free?

While the PlayStation consoles are region free, PSN itself is divided into regions.

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