Sony To Finally Restore (Almost) All PSN Services By June 2nd.

  • May 31, 2011 8:08 am

The ongoing PSN Hack saga nears the end today with a new announcement by Sony that (almost) all PSN services will be active by “end of week” (June 2nd) in the Americas, Europe, and most of their Asian markets:

Fully Restored

  • Full functionality on the PlayStation Store
  • In-game commerce
  • The 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

Excluded from this list include parts of Sony’s Qriocity and video services which according to a new blog post on the PlayStation Blog by Jeff Rubenstein, Sony’s social media manager, will be revealed at a future undisclosed date.

Still in progress

  • Video on Demand powered by Qriocity
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity (for devices not specifically mentioned above)

Also going live this week will be the “Welcome Back” packages that include numerous free movies, games, and music downloads for customers to choose from.

Meanwhile specific Asian markets Japan, Hong, Kong, and South Korea will have to wait a bit longer for PSN services to relaunch in their own territories. The added delay for areas closer to home are likely due to increased concerns about Sony’s security and the various governments wanting more proof of Sony’s efforts before said networks resume services.

Official Sony press release after the jump…

SONY AND SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE FULL RESTORATION OF PLAYSTATION®NETWORK SERVICES

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
other PCs
• 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.

* Only available for those countries with access to PlayStation®Store.

Source: Sony

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