In the world of tech balls-ups lightning can indeed strike twice and, looking to prevent the embarrassing sluggishness of the PlayStation Network upon the PS4's US launch, Sony is taking measures to ensure the same doesn't happen again after tonight's UK launch.
Sony has announced that a number of PSN features will be switched off for UK users for a few days immediately following launch, as a surge of ravenous next-gen gamers are expected to hammer the company's servers. The features set to be temporarily switched off include the What's New and Content Information screens, which are mostly useful for tracking your pals' gaming activities.
"Following the successful launch of PS4 in North America on the 15th November, we have seen an unprecedented influx of players onto PSN," reads a post on Sony's official PlayStation Blog.
"When we launch in Europe on Friday, once again, we are expecting record sales and record numbers of people logging onto PSN at similar times, alongside the North American players already on PSN.
"We want to make sure that your online experience is positive. To help ensure that this happens, we have made the decision to switch off a couple of features for European customers on day one. These features will then be switched back on a few days later, once the intensity of launch day calms down."
Other features, such as online multiplayer, trophies and video sharing will all work as normal. [Sony]