PSA: PSN is down – Error NW-31201-7

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If you were wondering what your R749 per annum was good for, there’s games. There’s also that fact that the PSN is going down more than a cheap rent boy. It’s down again, throwing up an error for many users.

If you’re bunking work or school to get in some more Destiny grinding, you might be disappointed to be hit instead with an error.

Many are, instead of joy, finding that they “cannot connect to the server” and being met with this error code: NW-31201-7.  I’ve just tried to connect using my PS4, PS3 and Vita. I’ve managed to sign in on PS3, but can’t access the store. PS4 multiplayer is, right now, not working.

When this happened on the PS3, it was fine – it was a free service afterall. Now that we’re paying a premium – and its quite a premium – we expect better.

According to Sony’s own network service status, everything is performing as it should, but that’s very much a bunch of lies.

It’s not scheduled maintenance, and could be more DDoS nonsense from those Lizard Squad script kiddies hacker types.

Last Updated: October 2, 2014

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • It funny how there knowledge center does not know what that code is

    • Hammersteyn

      Looks like a NW personalized registration plate

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      More like someone didn’t want to query the database… lol!
      “Hello, PSN support?”
      “Hello my name is Steve” (with a thick Indian accent)

      “Uh hello.. Steve”

      “How can I help you today?”

      “I have a problem with PSN. I get an Error NW-312-1-7”

      “Error N W…?”
      “N W 3 1 2 – 1 – 7”
      Steve types something, but is in fact playing solitaire
      “Sorry sir, but I have no knowledge of this error. Have you tried turning it off and on again?” 😛

  • Viking Of Science

    I still don’t get why you have to pay extra to play online on a console in the first place….

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      I don’t own a console. So this is all news to me. But is this service the ONLY way you can play online? There aren’t like player owned/run servers or anything you can connect to?

    • Sageville

      You pay for the servers they have to host the online games on….

      • Viking Of Science

        That Doesn’t make sense… Pc gamers don’t pay for such things….

        • Sageville

          You can’t really compare console and PC in this regards.

          I mean there is no single authentication server for every PC game…

          Anyways, that was the motivation sony put forth, as far as I remember.

  • HvR

    My post on the Plus Update article:

    Did Sony South Africa pull a Microsoft?

    See the 12 Month subscription is still on R489.00 in ZA Playstation store or did they make the decision so fast that the guys managing the online store didn’t even have time to change it.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Seems like they did. Sneaky Sony… you got me to “panic buy” three subs.

  • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    “EVERYTHING IS FINE! NOTHING TO SEE HERE!” barks Sony… whilst frantically trying to beat the flames purging through its offices.

    CNN reports an unrelated gas leak somewhere near Sony HQ. Also.. aliens. Don’t forget about the aliens. Area 51. Just don’t think about Sony. It’s not even a related issue. It has NOTHING to do with us. We promise. Everything is OK our end.

  • PSN is back up for now.

    • Xcalibersa

      Soooooo, the world lost its shit for not being able to play online during a weekday for an hour or so?

    • Hammersteyn

      Yeah, I checked when I saw this article, slander I say.

      • It’s the new LG way of making money…

        • Hammersteyn

          Post a fake story and retract it in the comments?
          XBOX One outsells PS4 8 to 1!

          • Dude, don’t go full retard. Not even an Xbox One Fanboy would believe that!

          • Hammersteyn

            *Retraction – sorry we meant it the other way around

          • Haha 🙂 That’s better.

          • Pieter Kruger

            Xbox One did outsell Indiestation in UK last month but only just, not 8 to 1! ????

          • Hammersteyn

            I saw, the drop the price for a limit time with the release of FIFA 15. Well played

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          We might need to unleash a hashtag of “Gamergate” on these mofos!! OG BANANA!!!!

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        So it was down for an hour or so? When do they normally do maintenance? And when is PS4 Firmware patch 2.0 due?

        • Hammersteyn

          Dunno, time zones probably needs to be taken into account as well.

    • Anon A Mouse

      Maybe they should sort out LG’s server issues?
      #toosoon?

  • Norman Pleasant

    I blame the terrorists.

    • Hammersteyn

      I blame Obama, thanks Obama

      • CAE9872

        I blame Ms Pieronie (?)…if some dude can waltz into White House unannounced, then damn!!! What chance we got with PSN…

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          That’s hilarious, the guy just walked in and took a lift with Uncle Barack!

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        I blame xbots. Always blame xbots!

        • Hammersteyn

          Where’s Pieter? Release the Ponies I say.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Where is Pieter? Maybe his boner fell on him? That thing is huge. You could kill a man with it.

          • CAE9872

            I disagree – I saw one, and am buying one – I CANNOT WAIT ANYMORE!!!

            Anyway it looks pretty sleek in my opinion – OK its HUGE next to a PS4 but I like it. Remember I have the original Xbox – now that was a MASSIVE monstrosity.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I’m just afraid that when I try to pick it up, my back will give in. :/

          • Ryanza

            lift with the knees.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            LOOOLL!!!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It’s not really that huge if you consider it also serves as a door stopper & draft excluder. 😀

          • CAE9872

            troll 🙂

          • CAE9872

            Oh and PS – where is Pieter…

          • Hammersteyn

            He’s still laughing about the PS+ price increase

          • CAE9872

            LOL

  • Ryanza

    At least the most important single player part of games still works. What will the Call of Duty people do now. Make a sandwich.

    Don’t support DRM.

    • Sageville

      Support DRM!

      • Ryanza

        So that non of your games work when PSN goes down.

      • CAE9872

        Now I’m confused – are we or are we not supporting something?

      • lol

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Don’t support DRM!
        Don’t support EA!
        Don’t support the Cloud!
        The Cloud is a lie!

  • SauRoN

    I always use this one to monitor…

    http://downdetector.co.za/status/playstation-network

    The iOS App also links to Tweets which tells the whole story rather quickly.

  • This is why Ryanza and I will never see eye to eye. He is for DRM as we all know, and I am totally against it. THIS is why you shouldn’t have always online. I wish Ryanza would see the light of day dammit!

    • Hammersteyn

      Is it opposite day today?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        So would that make Rince a real, real boy?

        • Hammersteyn

          Let’s start with human

    • CAE9872

      LOL

    • Ryanza

      My name will not be used to promote DRM.
      Ryanza will be playing The Witcher 3 when the worlds internet goes off.

      Don’t support DRM. The Witcher 3 is coming.

  • CAE9872

    PSN has been giving me hassles this week – and I agree! If Sony are making us pay for PS+, which is fine, then it is their duty to ensure (a) the thing works, (b) scheduled maintenance is kept to a minimum (Xbox Live is almost never down!)…and can we add (c) better system download speeds – I don’t get how same patch on Xbox 360 happens super fast and PS3 takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r…

    • Xcalibersa

      Really? To patch a game takes a few min on my system. Whats your NAT

      • CAE9872

        Excellent question! Now and then multiplayer components tell me its closed, moderate, something or other. Then tries to say I must do something.

        At that point I go “blurry eyed”, press X or A button and move on with my life… BUT chances are same for both yet 360 is good to go fairly quickly, PS3 takes its sweet time.

        So IF you wanting to explain NAT more, by all means and I will listen – but it needs to be detailed because I have bugger all idea on these things. I’m not a member of Master Race remember.

        • Xcalibersa

          Just go to System-Network-test and report back kind sir

          • CAE9872

            Ummm on PS3 console or laptop…SEE! I warned you I am clueless.

          • Xcalibersa

            PS4

          • CAE9872

            OK…*walks from office couch to gaming platforms* I do love working from home…

            Will be back.

          • Xcalibersa

            Best bet would be to join sagamer forum

          • CAE9872

            It says “NAT Type : Type 2”

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            In that case, open some ports my good man!

          • Anon A Mouse

            Opening ports sounds sleezy.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Don’t diss it until you’ve tried it.

          • CAE9872

            Right…how and where? As explained to Xcaliber…my tech know-how is next to useless. I plug in and play.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Depends on your router tbh – I’ll update this post when I get home. I have a link in my bookmark list on my home computer that lists different router makes and how to access and forward your ports.

          • CAE9872

            Mine is Netgear

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Have you tried port-forwarding? I opened a few ports for the PS4 and it’s been smoother online.

  • Hammersteyn

    Cable theft?

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Nkandla…

  • Yeah… RIIIGHT Geoff. So what now, you are blackmailing companies like SONY into paying you then suddenly PSN isn’t offline? I call bullshit. Either way, it’s a fine way to sort out any, cough, legal matters you may have…

  • oVg Definitive and Remastered

    Making Destiny nothing more than an expensive tea coaster. Like it is going to be when they shut the servers 5 years from now.

    • Anon A Mouse

      Wow 5 years, you’re quite the optimist.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Nah! Servers will go down in 2! Unless Bungie pulls up its socks.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I can just picture you giggling like a schoolgirl at this & the news about the PS+ subscription cost increase.

  • Slangzn

    Surely PSN should start extending our PS+ subscriptions? Bloody hell, it is going down often and some digital content doesn’t work when it cant do its Authentication. As mentioned, its an inconvenience when its free, the rules changed when they started charging for online play.

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