Welcome back Playstation Network! (kind of)
Update: European, Japanese, and Australian PSN users can expect the Playstation Network to be up and running by Monday Morning, which should make Monday’s just that little bit better.
The day we’ve all been waiting for is almost among us Ladies and Gentlemen of the Playstation Nation! Nearly 4 weeks after the initial attacks (yes we can’t believe it’s been that long either), Sony has begun setting up a ‘phased restoration’ of the Playstation Network (PSN) and Qriocity Services beginning today. We were able to confirm that we were able to log into the PSN Network in Australia to update our machines to Firmware 3.61 but we were unable to log in after that. So everyone should try in order to receive Sony’s latest Firmware update – 3.61, which we presume will prepare your PS3 for the full return of Sony services any day now (it will also force change you to change your PSN password since your password can only be changed on a PS3 device).
We would suggest you get on right away and change your PSN passwork, because you’re all aware by now that the PSN was actually hacked and critical information was stolen. So basically online gaming and Qriocity Services should be working in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and possibly the Middle East by the end of the day if it isn’t already. For those in the USA, please click this link to see if your state has had their PSN network fully restored.
According to Sony, the users can should be able to expect:
- Sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
- Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
- Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
- Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and MLB.tv (USA only)
- ‘Friends’ category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
The company also expects to have the Playstation Network fully operational with all their systems back online and working by the end of the month. Do note as of right now the PSN is ‘NOT’ fully operational, but some services will be soon (some people might already find themselves able to log in now, if so please let us know where you are as well).