Network Maintenance And PS3 Firmware 2.40 Unrelated
Earlier today, we contemplated the possibility that the network maintenance might have something to do with the impending in-game XMB and trophies. Sony was bringing down both the PlayStation Network and Store today between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. PT (which means they're still down), and of course, the idea that this might be firmware update 2.40 coming earlier than anticipated spread across the Internet.
Unfortunately, and as expected, Sony has responded to this rumor: over at the official European PlayStation Community forums, a SCEE employee has confirmed that this maintenance is just that - maintenance - and it has nothing to do with the firmware 2.40 update.
"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!"
It's highly unlikely that the US or Japan will get something different with this maintenance process, so everyone is just going to have to wait for that in-game XMB and trophy support. The latest evidence points towards early next month, although Sony has yet to provide an official release date. We'll keep you updated.
6/24/2008 Ben Dutka