European PlayStation Network has downtime today

The European arm of the PlayStation Network will be unavailable today from 4:05 pm UK time through 3am Thursday morning, so those unable to gain access right now should wonder not; access to the PSN Store via PS3 and/or PSP will be unavailable, as will the ability to manage or register new accounts.

No information is yet available on the reason for the downtime, neither are details on whether the weekly store update will still occur. Conventional wisdom says that the recent outbreak of PS3 hacking may have something to do with the odd timing of the outage, but let’s wait on the official word before we start wild speculation, shall we?