Some rumor and speculation has been brewing about PlayStation Home and whether or not it would be holding a live broadcasting of the German GamesCom in one of the spaces...
Although there is a possibility of having the conference show after the fact, there is a PlayStation Network maintenance scheduled for 9:00AM PST. Rather coincidentally,  that maintenance just happens to be 6:00PM in Germany's time. Why is that a coincidence? Sony's much-hyped conference just happens to be at that time.

Here is what Sony's Knowledge Center on the PlayStation website stated in regards to the PSN downtime:

The PlayStation®Network will be taken offline for maintenance on August 18, 2009 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

  During this time you may:
  • Not be able to access the PlayStation®Store
  • Not be able to play online games
  • See a maintenance page when attempting to access the PlayStation Network
  Please click here to check the status of the PlayStation Network.  Please note when you log into the PlayStation Network, a message indicating the PlayStation Network has been suspended may appear.  This does not mean that your account has been suspended, it simply means the PlayStation Network has been taken offline.  Please wait until the maintenance has been completed before attempting to connect to the PlayStation Network.  Again we apologize for any inconvenience.

We aren't sure whether that maintenance has anything to do with the many rumors going around, but it gets a curious gamer thinking nonetheless.

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