The PlayStation Network is coming back and it's time to take the first step.
To participate in the PSN fun, you'll have to download a firmware update for your PlayStation 3. Check out all the pertinent details ; if your machine already has 3.61, you only have to change your account password before gaining access to the Network. This applies to the master account and all sub-accounts and of course, there are a few additional stipulations:
— When you change your password, an e-mail message may be sent to the e-mail address registered with PlayStation®Network (your sign-in ID). If you cannot receive messages at your registered e-mail address, you will not be able to change your password.
— If you cannot receive messages at the e-mail address you have registered as your sign-in ID, before changing your password, make sure you have an e-mail address where you can receive messages and then contact PlayStation® Consumer Support.
— Depending on your country/region of residence and the network environment you are using, you may not be able to change your PlayStation®Network account password or make use of PlayStation®Network services for some time after updating your PS3™ system software.
This shouldn't take long at all and when you're done, you should be able to utilize many of the major PSN services. For the record, the Store remains down but that will return before the end of the month, according to Sony.