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PlayStation enters phase one of restoration; online functionality returns

Submitted by on Sunday, 15 May 20112 Comments

It’s been an agonizing three weeks for PlayStation users since the PlayStation Network went down due to hackers on April 20th but Sony has finally announced that online services are currently being restored region by region.

Users can now download system software update version 3.61 which will require all members to change their passwords using the same system they initially created the account with. While everyone can download the system update, online services are being turned on in waves. For updates, be sure to follow PlayStation on Twitter at @PlayStation and @PlayStationEU to get the latest news on the restoration or the PlayStation.Blog.

Included in phase one of restoration is sign in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, PS3/PSP online gameplay functionality, Music Unlimited, access to third party services, friends lists, chat functionality, trophy comparison, and PlayStation Home. The rest of the services, include the PlayStation Store planned to be restored as soon as possible.

To prevent further catastrophes such as this from happening, Sony has implemented new security features to the PlayStation Network. This includes advanced security technology, increased levels of encryption, additional firewalls, and early warning systems.

More details regarding the “Welcome Back” program Sony plans to implement will be released in the coming days as well.

Hopefully nothing like this happens again in the future as it has been crippling to Sony, its developers, and us, the consumers. One thing we can all be happy about is the return of the PlayStation Network. Happy gaming!