Sony schedules downtime for Store upgrade

Sony’s official Knowledge Center has revealed that PlayStation Network will experience some downtime on April 14 in order to upgrade the Store.

As regular readers will know, Sony is planning to completely overhaul the Store next week, introducing much better navigation and improving the speed of browsing. The new Store will be a fully integrated application, as opposed to the web-based system currently in place.

Assuming the maintenance goes smoothly, we should get the brand new interface on April 15, followed by a significant content update two days later.

Here’s the Knowledge Center post in full:

The PLAYSTATION®Network will be taken offline for a scheduled maintenance to our network during the following times:

Start: April 14, 2008, beginning at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Time
End: April 14, 2008, ending at 11:00 p.m., Pacific Time

During this time, the new PLAYSTATION®Store upgrade will be taking place. As a result access to the PLAYSTATION Network will be restricted, including:

* No access to the PLAYSTATION®Store

For information regarding the changes to the PLAYSTATION Store, please visit the PlayStation.Blog.

It is not anticipated that this will affect other PLAYSTATION Network services

Once the new PLAYSTATION Store upgrade is complete, a new system software version will be available for download. This new system software must be installed before you may access the PLAYSTATION Network.

Although this, officially, only covers North America, there is expected to be a similar maintenance period for Europe too. We’ll keep you up to date on any developments.