Within hours of the launch of the PlayStation 3 Home open beta on Thursday it became clear that Sony’s online servers were having trouble dealing with an extremely high influx of users. Posts on the official PlayStation Boards began to flow in as it seemed that the majority of users, who attempted to access PlayStation Home, were receiving various error messages before they had even been able to progress passed Home’s title screen. These errors were effectively preventing users from accessing Home from their systems.
Since the initial errors were reported, Sony has posted this in response:
“We are aware that some people may be experiencing difficulty in accessing the PlayStation Home beta at present. This is due to overwhelming demand for the service as people access Home for the very first time since it became Open Beta and appeared on the XMB.
While we prepare solutions to ease the problem, you may continue to experience difficulties accessing Home. We kindly ask for your patience as we work to meet the incredible demand for this revolutionary service.”
It is unclear whether Sony has already made internal fixes to their system or whether the initial surge of users has died down, but recently more and more users (including myself) have been able to connect with Home and the servers now seem to be running properly. Only time will tell if connections will hold over what promises to be a very high traffic weekend for the PlayStation 3.