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June 24, 2008 // 7:41 pm - To quote Lestrade, Community Team Leader at the European PlayStation Forums:

PLAYSTATIONŽNetwork Downtime - Tuesday 24 June, 15:00-20:10 BST

The PLAYSTATION Network will be offline for 5 hours today from 3pm BST (4pm CEST) for maintenance work. It's pretty much all behind-the-scenes work and is, most definitely, not the 2.4 System Software update. Sorry, you need to wait a little longer for that one!

During this maintenance, the following online services may not be available:

- PSN account registration,
- PSN account sign-in,
- PSN account management,
- PlayStation Store purchases,
- online gaming, unless you are already logged in at 3pm
- forum login

In related news, self-proclaimed Sony employee Knight613 from GameFAQs states that PS3 Firmware v2.40 was supposed to come out on June 18th, but a bad error was found and needed fixing. Now the date is very early July (1st to 3rd), and the RC release is already ready... so it's just a matter of time.

To quote: 2.40 was supposed to come out June 18th actually... till they found a pretty bad error with the XMB and had to fix it. New date is supposedly July 2ndish, maybe the 1st or 3rd. The RC release for 2.40 is already out though so it's just a matter of time.

PSN now down, PS3 Firmware 2.40 rumored for July release

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#1 - Azzie50 - July 1, 2008 // 5:29 pm
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A few of us in the UK have just gone down now - around 23:00GMT

I was all excited til i read this thread.. was going to jump straight onto the update when it fired back up. Ah well