In just a few minutes, Sony will take the stage at GamesCom 2009 for its three-hour press conference. And while there are sure to be plenty of juicy announcements to be relayed shortly, there is something worth pointing out in the meantime.
See, the PlayStation Network will be down “for maintenance" during a solid portion of Sony's press conference, which means no PlayStation Store or online games for you for the next few hours. Originally, Sony said PSN would go offline at 9 AM PST, but currently, it's still online, which leads me to believe that it will go offline when the press conference starts at 9:30 AM PST.
Rumor has it that in addition to the long awaited PS3 Slim announcement, Sony also plans to reveal some new PSN features (i.e. the long awaited Video Store) and services during its press conference. Perhaps Sony is also planning to launch those new services at the same time they are announced. Fortunately, the show will begin shortly, so we’ll know soon enough. Stay tuned.