In order to prepare one's PlayStation 3 for the imminent re-launch of the PlayStation Store, a lengthy maintenance period will go live in the next hour.
PlayStation Network maintenance begins today at 1 PM UK time and will run until 2 AM tomorrow, October 16.
During the maintenance, PSN users won't be able to access account management, account registration, transactions and the Sony Entertainment website. Online play shouldn't be affected, but, either way, if you sign in before the maintenance begins you'll definitely stay connected and be able to play online.
The PlayStation Store re-design will launch on October 17 for European PlayStation 3 owners, while the North America Store receives the re-launch on October 23.