We never see press releases on a Saturday night. …but when Sony said they were working around the clock, they probably meant it.

Today, Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment have announced that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) will begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services. This will begin in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

The first phase of the restoration will include the following:

Sony has also noted increased security measures "that strengthen safeguards against unauthorized activity, and provide consumers with greater protection of their personal information." This includes "considerable enhancements to the data security," more software monitoring and penetration and vulnerability testing, and higher levels of encryption and additional firewalls. Said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation:

"I'd like to send my sincere regret for the inconvenience this incident has caused you, and want to thank you all for the kind patience you've shown as we worked through the restoration process. I can't thank you enough for your patience and support during this time. We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process and are anxious to use their Sony products and services again. We are taking aggressive action at all levels to address the concerns that were raised by this incident, and are making consumer data protection a full-time, company wide commitment."

Please view Hirai's full announcement at the PlayStation Blog .

As another step, Fumiaki Sakai, president of Sony Global Solutions, Inc., has been appointed acting Chief Information Security Officer of SNEI. He will "work to further reinforce overall information security across the company's network infrastructure." As for the return of the Network, Hirai wanted to stress they they "did not rush" to bring it back; they aggressively tested the enhanced security measures beforehand. Finished Hirai:

"We want to assure our customers that their personal information is being protected with some of the best security technologies available today, so that everyone can feel comfortable enjoying all that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer."

Phased restoration will be announced for Japan and other Asian countries "in due course. Overall, Sony expects to have all services fully restored by the end of May 2011.

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The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

DUDES!! So…
Are you ready……FOR PSN!!!!?


Last edited by The Doom on 5/14/2011 9:18:39 PM

WhooLeeUs
WhooLeeUs
9 years ago

Ready? Ready doesn't even…Fucking….DESCRIBE IT!!!!!

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

@WhooLeeUs

Lmao, Egoraptor FTW!

COD_death
COD_death
9 years ago

it's backup, using it now

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Lucky!

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

Was so excited when I saw this. Even though I don't use PSN it's just a relief that people will shut up now

ViolentSmiley
ViolentSmiley
9 years ago

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes!!!!!!! =D

JPBooch
JPBooch
9 years ago

North East corridor is up.

helgso
helgso
9 years ago

Iceland is up (Western Europe)

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
9 years ago

Woo! Let's play!! Still waiting for the Southeast but I don't care I know it's coming. 🙂
3 weeks wasn't so bad now was it?

edit: That's odd my Netflix was unaffected


Last edited by Naztycuts on 5/14/2011 9:35:03 PM

BlueJelloXIII
BlueJelloXIII
9 years ago

104 trophies synced. It's so awesome to have it back. I probably won't play online games for awhile. But knowing I can and knowing my trophy data is current is such a peace of mind. I do wonder if any of you know whether or not we'll be able to redeem codes (Motorstorm Apocalypse came with some codes I'd like to input) or if that will not become available until the store is back up and running. Any ideas? When I go to account management right now it says "under maintenance".
Also I'd like to once again thank PSXextreme for being the only site I could go to without having my blood pressure rise and for being a safe haven from the rest of the crazy internet during this whole ordeal. Thank you to the staff and the members for being awesome.
Enjoy everyone!

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

BlueJelloXIII,

I don't believe there will be any code redemption's until the PSN store is fully up, whenever that will be up(my PS3's now broken, so I can't check)

BlueJelloXIII
BlueJelloXIII
9 years ago

Okay. Thank you BikerSaint. Much appreciated. I figured it would be as much, but couldn't help from hoping. Take care.

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

Fearing that my trophy count would reduce to 0% kept me from hunting trophies offline… 🙁
I'm so glad PSN is back though

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I gave ya a positive Sonic. I can understand your concern just in case your PS3 would of broke. I thought of that to but I just couldn't help earning more.

Shiva369
Shiva369
9 years ago

*Breathes long sigh of relief*

NoOneSpecial
NoOneSpecial
9 years ago

Yep, reporting in from Connecticut. It's back up in most of the North East at this point xD

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Just remember to "NOT" all jump in at once!

You have to remember that there's also millions of others that will be trying to get on too, so we really don't want to be rushing the site & causing it to go bonkers, or any other unneeded problems.

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

That's exactly what I thought, but I'd assume Sony knew that would happen and can handle it, right?

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

PAKINIPS,

I'm sure Sony did realize that too, & that's why they're phasing in in section by section, & region by region.

But still, let's not awaken any Kracken's

ViolentSmiley
ViolentSmiley
9 years ago

I have to say,i did enjoy my single player games.I platinumed the whole god of war collection & got all of the red dead redemption offline trophies and started making my first ever level on little big planet 2 🙂 Can't wait to go back to my favorite game ever:Uncharted 2! =D

Spanky
Spanky
9 years ago

Single Gamed Read Dead to 100% and about a a quarter millions tons of meat harvested! 😛

(I learned some cool hunting tricks if anyone is curious)

ViolentSmiley
ViolentSmiley
9 years ago

If anyone would like to play a variety of games with a fellow PSX member my psn name is my exact user name 🙂

GuardianMode
GuardianMode
9 years ago

Back up in California……(sniff) Its been a long 3 weeks.

Kagamin
Kagamin
9 years ago

YES! Almost there…now people can finally stop complaining….maybe?
Still no psn here….I think only tomorrow for me =(

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

Well I trust in Sony and this whole incident will only make them more fortified. I'm glad they didn't rush it. Funny thing is, I was actually just getting used to playing single player exclusively. Gotta reamurge, although I don't do multiplayer all that much.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Since my PS3 got smashed by a USPS gorilla package bungler, I haven't been able to keep tabs on the PSN, but thank goodness for my Twitter account, Sony's kept me current & up to date, & they broke the news as soon as the restoration was going up.

Here's some more PSN Info just in from my Twitter….

PSN service now resuming in U.S. Northeast: http://bit.ly/lrvKD9 CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, NJ, RI, VT and more to come


Last edited by BikerSaint on 5/14/2011 9:46:43 PM

sonic1899
sonic1899
9 years ago

Man, I'm so pissed off at those hackers, my Mitsurugi gonna start reaping players like wheat on SCIV. Then I'm proforming Air kills nonstop on Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

More good PSN info from my Twitter….

Here is an Alternate #PSN Download Link for the Latest PS3 Firmware Update v3.61. http://bit.ly/j1Qat0

Having trouble changing your password? Check here: http://bit.ly/jS9Itu

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

YAY! Now all I want to know is how long are the 360 fanboys going to hold onto this… But it's good to know for all those of you that enjoy your online play!

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

Havent you heard? You get what you pay for with xbox live….
Xbox live is never down

GuardianMode
GuardianMode
9 years ago

They will continue too for the near future. At the moment the x box faithful are quoting the so called security expert like he was to only person to ever write code. No matter how you try to explain to them he never was apart of the PSN rebuilding process they will not listen.


Last edited by GuardianMode on 5/14/2011 10:52:35 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Pakinips,

I can't wait until their next service outage on XBL….payback can be a bit……

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

Not Back Up In Ontario Canada Yet 🙁 Dying To Get Back On Sum Uncharted 2!

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Awesome. Have fun guys and gals! I won't be able to reconnect until next month unless I can find a proper connection while I am out of town. I have my PS3 but the friends I am staying with are too cheap to get real Internet. They mooch off a free wretched connection the city provides. Couldn't connect last time I was there. 😛

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
9 years ago

Oh man boo to that! I have some friends that thad internet included in their apartment, needless to say it was the same situation, but they're hardcore CoD players so they upgraded to their own internet with a quickness.

It's hard to keep a 2.55 k/d ratio with a terrible connection, or play anything well online at all for that matter. See you online soon, maybe we can kick around some SSF4 if you still have it.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Fosho! I still have it. I'll be back in 2 weeks the soonest, a month the latest.

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
9 years ago

I'm always down to get my arse kicked by Chun Li, I've been using Juri lately, we'll see how she stacks up.

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

INFAMOUS 2 BETA!

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Sorry to hear that Jawknee, hope ya can find a workaround for it somehow.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Ha, thanks. Though it's no biggie. We waited 3 weeks, I can wait another 3 or so. 🙂

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I think Kazuo did an awesome job on his little speech. I'm glad Sony took their time. PSN will be back and stronger than ever. Long live PSN. Can't wait till it's up in Nevada.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

PSN 2.0 Here We Go!

Oh crap, now people are gonna see the kind of games I've been playing while it's been down.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

World,

HA,HA, Didn't I warn you once before to leave Barbie's Riding Academy alone"?????

"Step slowly away from that disc before we have to do a mass intervention right here on PSXE!!!!!


Last edited by BikerSaint on 5/14/2011 10:14:23 PM

Naztycuts
Naztycuts
9 years ago

@Biker
Lol! What would we see if we raided you're trophy collection? lol! My most embarassing game is Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust. The most broken piece of software I've ever interacted with. It's a wonder my ps3 didn't YLOD in disgust.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

lol, at least I don't have any Hannah Montana in there 🙂

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

HA, I don't have either of them.

Shhhhh…. but unfortunately, I still need both for my collections.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

I have a PSN friend who's a total trophy whore (level 25 or so–probably 30 now). You wouldn't believe all the garbage I see him playing.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Naztycuts,
Ha, funny you should mention that, cause today I just picked up a couple of those "Shhh…don't tell anyone" games myself….

"Disney presents Tigger's Honey Hunt"
and
"Tiny Toons Adventures: Plucky's Big Adventure"

But, I needed them to help fill some gaps in my PS1 collection.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

This just in, from my Twitter…..

Update: PSN service now resuming in California: http://bit.ly/lrvKD9 More to come