PSN to return in full by week’s end
Yes at long last folks we can all look forward to the full restoration of all that encompasses the PlayStation Network.
Sony recently broke the the news that a complete return of services is due this week, mercifully ending the now more than 40-day PSN hiatus. As long as you do not call Japan, Hong Kong, or South Korea home you can expect to be back browsing the PlayStation Store by the end of the week.
The weeks restoration layout includes the following:
- 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
- other PCs
- Full functionality on Media Go
“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. We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.” - Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation.
Details concerning the ‘Welcome Back’ program were briefly discussed, but only to say that region-specific details would be released in the coming days.
With E3 on the horizon achieving full restoration of online services had to have been an important public relations objective given the depressing nature of the blackout.
Of course one could take a cynical view of this statement given Sony’s recent track record for targeting the restoration of online functionality but the majority sentiment seems to be that gamers have grown tired of the waves of negativity that have colored the outage.
As long as the revival goes smoothly this week, we as gamers can get back to business as usual.
For a detailed look at what is to be expected from the ‘Welcome Back’ program have a glance at our coverage.