After a whole lot of drama, the PlayStation Network is almost back to normal.

Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) have announced that Sony Entertainment International (SNEI), "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." Qriocity will return, and Sony reiterates that they "implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure." The first phase of this worldwide restoration began on May 15 and as of the end of next week, the full Network capabilities will include:

Said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation:

"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. We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time."

The "Welcome Back" package will also greet returning customers; the details for various regions will continue to be released as time goes on.

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Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Yay! Just please don't tell me that the hacker's latest is going to wait until the PSStore comes back, cus that'll really p*ss off a lot of people.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

There are already rumblings out of that community.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

If we must find a positive in such a situation as if that were to occur, at least it might encourage future gen's to continue to distribute physical media…

That's the only positive I can think of though. I just want to play games.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

@worlds,

That 'community' can go jump of a very high cliff. They've caused quite enough trouble, and for what exactly? Any more out of them, and I'll happily give up my more peaceful stance and pin up some 'wanted' posters myself.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Lulzsec… losers.

Underdog: I hadn't thought about it that way, but I have no doubt that there'll be another generation of primarily physical based media anyway. I'll be ready for DD in 2025.

Highlander: Wanted posters? That's all you got? I have a pair of shotguns, a machete, a big black dog and one vicious cat and I'm not afraid to use any of them 😀

Nerull
Nerull
9 years ago

Good to hear, I've been unable to get back to back to the future.
What I hate most is these hackers apparently have the ability to crack some high-budget corporate infrastructure. However Sony can prosecute they will, so can't you pick a more evil corporation to mess with?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Nerull,

According to the 'community' Sony is the most evil. Personally, I think that if they think that Sony is the most evil, these folks have some serious perspective issues. Still, it's a perverse world where a company protecting it's products against copying and security threats is termed evil by the very same groups trying to break the security, and yet people listen to these criminals. Odd really.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Go figure nerds like these think the most evil corporation is the one that stops them from toying with their technology. lol!

What about Coke-a-cola? Or Shell gas? Or effing Disney? They make impoverished people make their shirts for dirt and we sell them at a cost that is greater than they make in 3/4 of a year!

But no… the bad guys are the ones that stop us from frigging around with expensive technology!

packersfan66
packersfan66
9 years ago

Did anyone see what the "Tupac" hackers were saying they were going to do 🙁

tramp
tramp
9 years ago

still wish it had been faster, the poor downloadable game dev's not been able to take our money.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I believe that Sony is working with such developers to ensure that they are not harmed by the outage.

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

I wish it had been faster so I could use the free stuff!

Only having 30 days to use It means I won't be able to as I'm going back to uni end of this week therefore no ps3

Sad times

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
9 years ago

Free stuff? Do you mean the regular free minis and such you get from PSN+ or the 2 free games Sony is giving for 30 days? Because those aren't limited…there's just a 30 window in GETTING it..once you get it it's permanent.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Nice!

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

I know I shouldn't, but I'm getting really impatient, but it's no fault of Sony's. There was a mysterious "date" of May 24th and I was kinda hung on that date.

And then there was the, "we'll have everything up by the end of the month" – So then I was expecting it today, May 31st.

Now it's "by the end of the week".

But it's been over a month, so I suppose I could wait a few more days… It has been nice at least having the PSN back since I did get to CO-OP some Portal 2, so that was nice.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I think it's okay to be impatient so long as one doesn't throw an unreasonable fit. You should see the message I got from this bipolar sumbitch I had to delete from my friends list.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

You got that too, eh, World? I moved him swiftly to the block list. I had already been ignoring the friend request for some time.

I didn't respond with much. All I said was, "k bye."


Last edited by Underdog15 on 5/31/2011 3:05:37 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I believe I said "You are psychotic" in my reply

SoulController
SoulController
9 years ago

yea i think I got that same message. Wow what an idiot. That poor guy needs to grow up. He's acting like Sony asked to get hacked

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

If you guys have a free spot, add me (same ID as here). I won't send you insane messages (well, not many).
😉

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

It is understandable to be inpatient. Even though Sony gave an ETA it was the fact that they gave a few ETAs that made the wait suspenseful. Hopefully they do not go past this week. Then it would be labeled a fiasco.

I got that crazy email as well. Who takes the time to send messages on PSN like that? He spammed us.

Simcoe
Simcoe
9 years ago

I'm guessing a message got deleted after Sven's post!!

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Wow, he must have gone down the whole PSXE list, cause I got 3 messages from him, the 1st 2(oxymoron) were for wanting into my friends list which I've never used BTW.

And then his third wacko post that I'm condensing into…..

"Eff you all, it's the end of the world for me, so I'm gonna be jumping off a new Kinect".

(I hope he doesn't break his buttcheeks in that harrowing 2 foot fall off his shelf).

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Welcome back Sony. Now, slay them at E3 with exclusive PS3 games, NGP and NGP games and of course PlayStation Suite. No mention of PS4 though please, let's wait at least until next E3 to tease that one.

"implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure." – I surely hope so, although as Lockheed martin has shown, even defense contractors who are obviously harder targets for attack get hacked.

I wonder whether Sony has implemented a Paypal option for a future firmware revision?


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/31/2011 1:56:25 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

No Velveeta games? 😉

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

This whole mess has already been a huge PR debacle for Sony, although I'm happy to say that PS3 units appear to be selling well regardless. I like to think it's at least partially because this mess, as well as other messes like the recent hacks of Square Enix and PBS (of all things) among others, have helped to stir up anti-hacker sentiment in the general public and therefore a considerable number of people are supporting Sony as a way of getting back at the hackers. And of course this is certainly a very distinct possibility.

But in any case this PSN mess is no doubt something that Sony would really, REALLY want to avoid a repetition of at all costs. There is no doubt that they have done everything they can to ensure that something like this never happens again. And it's not just the usual security measures like firewalls and the like. There is no doubt that Sony now has a permanent team of security people tasked with keeping a 24/7 watch on the network so the hackers won't be able to do anything without Sony immediately knowing about it. And hopefully this would also give them the means to track any perpetrators.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

@Lookingglass,

Regarding future PS3/PSN security. Sony needs to do two things, first of all, they need to find a way of identifying and blocking *any* hacked consoles accessing any PSN instance. Secondly they need to find a way to prevent the use of proxy servers often used by hackers to hide their tracks, or gain access to PSN when running an older firmware.

Sony already had a security team, most large corporates do, but that team will no doubt be bigger and better resourced now. I hope it's enough.

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

@TheHighlander

As I've already said, there is no doubt that the people at Sony are doing everything in their power (which is quite a bit) to make sure another incident like this one never happens. I believe the reasons for this have already been made abundantly obvious.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 5/31/2011 3:51:11 PM

The Doom
The Doom
9 years ago

Yippiky Yah HeeYay Peeyahhhhh Kiyo!!! I am disappoint about it not coming BY the end of the month but it's good to hear a solid due date! 😀

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I hope that means Yippy Kayay Motherf*cker in english 🙂

AshT
AshT
9 years ago

Its about time….i hope those damn hackers get caught

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I think the delay may have been because the commerce element has to be the same over the entire network, and the Japanese card companies wanted assurances about security. Sony had to jump through extra hoops just to get basic PSN back in Japan. And as they say here they were "conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions", so I would have to say that they've been testing and retesting their system to satisfy those CC issuers. Now they have the go ahead, and can roll it back out.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

PLease hurry up i want my free games and to get some dlc!!!!!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Good times, now what should i get for free? Littlebigplanet for sure. Maybe KZ liberation. Already have inFamous. What the hell is Pursuit Force?

I'm just glad it's coming back so I can redeem my LA Noire DLC codes.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

You could look it up on YouTube, to see what it is. That's what I do a lot if I don't know what the game is about and hesitant to purchase it.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

World,

I recently got Pursuit Force:Extreme Justice to add into my PSP collection, but haven't had the chance to try it out yet.

Anyway, here's what it says on the back cover…

Non-stop arcade style action that fuses driving & combat skills.

The Pursuit force has been recruiting. Meet new playable team members & lead them in pursuit of justice on, land sea & in the air.

New gangs & vehicles include the Syndicate, Raiders, plus new vehicles such as a bike with side car & a hovercraft

It also has 4-player MP via Ad-Hoc mode

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

what's a few more days? Right? i really dont care about the store just because all i use it for is the occasional demo. I've had a ps3 since the old 60G and ive only ever bought like 2 expansion packs. For me, if some add on content looks good i can usually get it with a simple pre order

Pyramid
Pyramid
9 years ago

I was waiting for tonite… but a thing is for sure,bet is gonna be completely up before E3. I wonder if they gonna comment in the conference.

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

So by saying "end of this week" are they really saying "yeah, we said by the end of the month but that isn't going to happen"?

Not trying to complain about it, just wondering if they are letting the date slip. If so it would be nice to see them step up and just say so instead of dance around the subject.

"We overshot our estimate, sorry, we will have it going by week's end though". That would be a nice change of pace.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I think they're indirectly telling us that an additional wave of testing and verification to satisfy card issuers in some markets has delayed the re-introduction of the store, but that now everything is tied down to the satisfaction of the various bodies involved, they can schedule the re-introduction of the store.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

At least they gave a new timeline before the old one expired; they haven't always done so during the outage and I think that's a huge part of why people have been so frustrated.

Sony's mis-steps don't excuse the insane whinery, though.

p.s. The vague timeline could reflect the varying days of the week on which PSN normally updates in different territories, so it still could happen today in NA. Wishful thinking?


Last edited by Fane1024 on 5/31/2011 4:01:28 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

You know, I think that I'll just start making stuff up, because trying to give fact based analysis apparently annoys some…I really don't care about how many thumbs down I get, but the fact that people are willing to thumb down factual posts or posts that draw rational conclusions based on fact is just plain depressing. I guess summer vacation is upon us and the masses of unformed minds that form the greater cadre of the Eye of Moron have been released.

*sigh*

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

@TheHighlander

There doesn't seem to be any real need to be melodramatic about it Highlander.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

…and there was a need for yours?

Next time I want to express frustration, shall I check with you to ensure it's not melodramatic?

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

@TheHighlander

My apologies. I didn't mean any disrespect. I was actually half-joking. I suppose it's possible that the manner in which you chose to express your frustration struck me as a little odd because when I express frustration I sometimes to try to avoid using language that can come off as aggressive or provocative. Of course that isn't what I do every single time (like perhaps telling that no-name guy to piss off for example) but still.

Anyway, telling the truth or dispensing facts can be a thankless business, especially when there are people who don't want to hear of such things for whatever reason. I suppose that too is an unfortunate part of life.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 5/31/2011 8:23:31 PM

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

As a Sony fanboy, I was exited by the "end of the month" aka today.

But now it's like whatever Kelly!

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

I hope they have full content available. They said it was going to be back today so I am hoping the extra days have been used to get the store content caught up to date. So glad to see it coming back online! Thanks Sony!


Last edited by CrusaderForever on 5/31/2011 4:00:58 PM

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

So does that mean not today? :_(

E3 starts Thurs. with Konami, right?

Looking Glass
Looking Glass
9 years ago

Actually, I think it begins on the 6th, which is this coming Monday if I'm not mistaken. So the full restoration should be more or less just in the nick of time. Which is neat I would say.


Last edited by Looking Glass on 5/31/2011 4:13:04 PM

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

If Sony had gotten things sorted last week (as per the rumor), I think it would have been best to open the Store a few days before the first update in order to:

1) allow the last update to be re-advertized (it only got one day).
2) allow code redemption and Welcome Back downloads to occur before new items appear.

However, with E3 (and its expected three-day deluge of updates) now on the horizon, they need to start updating ASAP.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 5/31/2011 4:13:48 PM