Sony have confirmed that this weeks PSN downtime is due to an “external intrusion”.

SCEA’s Patrick Seybold took to the PS Blog to explain why Sony made the call to take the PSN down after it had been hacked ealier in the week.

“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services,” Patrick said.

“In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th.

“Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience.

“We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.”

We just checked, the PSN is still down. Lets hop we can get some bank holiday online gaming in yet.