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How to fix NP-34957-8 Playstation error?

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Sony has put a lot of effort into making its console experience as seamless for people as possible. And while they’ve done a pretty stellar job, there are still random glitches that keep on happening from time to time. 

The PS4 is arguably one of the most popular consoles to have ever graced the market selling approximately 114 million units by November 2020. It’s successor, the PS5 is just as popular if not more amongst Playstation enthusiasts and console gamers alike giving tough competition to it’s rivals, especially the Xbox One X.

A significant number of PS4 users have come across the infamous NP-34957-8 error while trying to connect to Playstation services on their console. You could be trying to activate the PS4 as your main console, or simply trying to make a purchase on the store when this error can pop up out of nowhere.

In this article, we’re talking about what causes the NP-34957-8 error and what you can do to resolve this issue.

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What causes the NP-34957-8 error?

NP-34957-8 error indicates that Playstation servers are undergoing maintenance work. Since the PS4 has been sold in just about every corner of the world, someone, somewhere in the world is bound to encounter this error regardless of when the servers go down for maintenance.

Another reason why you might see this error if you’re trying to activate your PS4 account on two separate consoles at the same time.  

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How to fix NP-34957-8 error on PS4?

Since the NP-34957-8 error is server-based, there’s not really anything you can do get rid of the situation except to wait and let the servers  come back online,

In the meantime, you can use the Playstation Status website to keep tabs on what services are running and which ones are down. 

Also, ensure that only one console is set as your Primary PS4. If in case you’re switching console, deactivate the one you’re using before moving on to the other one. 

Also read: How to start PS4 in Safe Mode and how to get it out of it?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: