I haven’t had a very good day. So to get my mind off things, I headed to my PS3 for some Modern Warfare 2 multi-player action. After my PlayStation 3 started, I received an error when trying to sign into the PlayStation Network.

An error has occurred. You have been signed out of PlayStation Network.

Playstation Network Error

At first, I thought it was a problem with my account. Perhaps my PS3 was banned for some reason? Did I school too many people at Black Ops the other night? But it turned out I’m not the only one experiencing problems. Everyone is. I learned through Twitter that The PlayStation Network is experiencing an outage. No big deal right? Well, I then learned that it’s possibly going to be down for a day or two.

Sony posted a message about the outage on their PlayStation Blog.

While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running.

It hasn’t been a good year for Sony and its PlayStation Network. 2011 started off with hackers invading multi-player games with their own modified versions. Games like Modern Warfare 2 were unplayable as those who had copies of hacked games could enable a type of “God Mode” within the game. George Hotz, the hacker responsible for making game modifications possible is now in legal trouble, a situation that has made Sony a target in the hacker community. Now an entire network that thousands of gamers rely on is down.

When the smoke clears, this could get interesting. We may find that today’s outage is the result of retaliation for Sony going after Hotz, and that a hacker is responsible.