Some PSN Services Return This Week, "Goodwill" Coming
If you're like most PlayStation 3 owners, you've been asking "when?" for quite some time now.
Well, Sony has issued a big update concerning the estimated return time for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. This update also includes some bonuses in a "welcome back" program.
Some PSN services will be restored this week, and all PS3s will receive a mandatory firmware update that requires users to change their Network passwords. Unfortunately, Sony boss Kaz Hirai said the PlayStation Store won't return until later in the month - which is bound to upset some people - but here's a list of what to expect this week:
- Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
- This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
- Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
- Access to account management and password reset
- Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
- Friends List
- Chat Functionality
Sony also provided us with specific details concerning the attack, which happened at the company's data center in San Diego. Hirai reconfirmed the FBI's involvement in the case and as of now, it's "unclear" as to what the motive was behind the hacking. To make things safer, the company has tossed in more firewalls and added "enhanced levels of data protection and encryption." As for that "goodwill" Sony hinted at before-
The "welcome back" program will offer every PSN user a free month membership in PlayStation Plus, with current Plus members getting a free month as well. We'll also get "free entertainment content" downloads, although we don't have any details just yet. Well, that's not bad, right?
5/1/2011 8:56:37 PM Ben Dutka