"Full" PSN "Service" To Return "This Week"
It's been a long two months for PS3 owners. By now, unless you've been living in a mansion outside of a major city in Pakistan, you know the story. Sony sued a hacker for messing with the PS3's security, someone in Anon got pissed and stole everyone's credit card info, and Sony has been struggled to get everything back up and running since.
Online play on the Playstation Network was restored two weeks ago but a key component that remained missing was the Playstation Store. This meant that while you could play online for games you already owned, if you wanted to do so for some of the newer games released (Mortal Kombat) or redeem downloadable content (LA Noire) then you were shit out of luck until Sony figured everything out.
Well, it looks like they may have finally found solutions to these last sets of problems, as it was announced today on the official Playstation Blog that service would finally be "fully restored" by the end of this, the last week of May / first week of June.
In short, outside of some parts of Asia that include Japan and South Korea, everything that you were able to do on your PS3 before mid April, you should be able to do again this week. According to Sony anyway. Considering they're likely to pass today's self-set deadline of May 31st, it's a case of believing it when we finally see it. But they do have a fancy official press release, which is more "official" than anything they've offered as information in the past, so I'd be inclined to take them at their word.
What this means for gamers is that by, presumably, Friday, we'll be able to purchase that DLC and unlock our online passes, and redeem those free games and PS+ content that Sony has promised.
Of course, this is all assuming self-entitled and myopic teenagers aren't planning another attack.
In any case, all that matters now is that the store goes back online, because I'm going through withdrawal for buying things from Sony. Seriously. Enough is enough.
Here's the official press release:
Tokyo, May 31, 2011 – Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced today that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) will fully restore all PlayStation®Network services in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea by the end of this week. The company will also resume Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™ for PlayStation®3 (PS3®), PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), VAIO and other PCs. Details for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea as well as the remaining services on Qriocity will be announced as they become available.
The company implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions. The first phase of PlayStation Network and Qriocity restoration began on May 15 in the Americas and Europe/PAL territories, followed by Japan and Asian countries and regions on May 28, when the company brought partial services back online. With this partial restoration users were able to access to some of the services such as online game play, account management, friend lists and chat functionality were restored. The full restoration of PlayStation Network as well as part of services to become available on Qriocity will include:
• Full functionality on PlayStation®Store
• In-game commerce
• Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
• Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and
• Full functionality on Media Go
Customers will be able to purchase and download games and video content from the PlayStation®Store on PS3 or PSP. In addition, consumers will have full access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity through PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PC’s. Service restoration of Video on Demand powered by Qriocity™ and Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for a variety of network-enabled Sony devices will be announced later.
“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”
The company will be offering customers a “Welcome Back” package of services and premium content to all registered PlayStation Network* and Qriocity account services. The details of this program will continue to be detailed regionally.