Sony Restores the PlayStation Network

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Sony Restores the PlayStation Network

Sony has finished fixing up the PlayStation Network and is now in the process of bringing it back.

Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network is finally going back online after a downtime of more than three weeks. Restoration of PSN services has begun to rollout in most areas of the world by region, and in the U.S. by state.

While users wait for the PSN to come back in their area, Sony has made PlayStation 3 firmware update v3.61 available for download. This update requires customers to change their PSN passwords for security purposes. You might as well go get it.

Sony's Kazuo Hirai took to the PlayStation Blog to reveal that this first phase of network restoration will provide access to online gameplay, services such as Netflix, friends lists, chat, trophy comparison, and PlayStation Home. The PlayStation Store, on the other hand, will be back "as soon as possible."

Hirai reaffirmed that Sony worked hard to strengthen its network security measures during the downtime by adding "advanced security technology, increased levels of encryption, additional firewalls, and early warning systems." He believes that no company is 100% safe from cybercrime, but that Sony did exactly what it should have by upgrading its systems and making the protection of consumer data a "full-time, company-wide commitment."

Further, Hirai announced that Sony's "Welcome Back" package somewhat detailed earlier will be fully revealed in the coming days. The package has already been confirmed to include rewards such as a 30-day subscription to PlayStation Plus.

Sony has made a restoration map available here so that U.S. customers can see when the PSN is back up in their state. The service may not be up for everyone quite yet, but it should be very soon.

*Update*: Sony Online Entertainment properties such as Everquest and DC Universe Online are also being brought back online, with these rewards for customers.

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Huzzah! Update downloaded, now the waiting game begins.

edit: My password is now changed and I'm ready to rock.

So do you have to wait until the network is back up to change your password or...?

Yay.

Actually, I got used to not having my PSN so I dont know if I'm going to go back to it anytime soon. Still, at least now sony is looking good again (Not that I thought it didnt).

... actually, I havent had much time for it. I've been playing TWEWY alot cause I'm refreshing myself for a fan fic I wanted to try and right out that will accompany an online rp that a few members of another forum and I are setting up.

Yaaaaaaay, I can finally play some Red Dead or Assassin's Creed multiplayer! Well, okay not quite yet. But it won't be much longer now.

Yes! Time for some Mortal Kombat!

I did EVERYTHING that was offered in Single Player Mode, so this is a saving throw before I would get bored with it.

Yossarian1507:
Yes! Time for some Mortal Kombat!

I did EVERYTHING that was offered in Single Player Mode, so this is a saving throw before I would get bored with it.

Thats what I was doing in the down time. I still need to do the last 50 on the challenge tower, then the secret fights. I don't take fighting games online, though, so no big change for me.

I just hope they're not stupid enough to think I'll fall for the Playstation Plus crap. 1 free month, then I have to pay to keep it and use the stuff that was free? No thanks.

finally! im updating my ps3 right now

Yes!!! This pretty much sums it up for me

Ok I just updated and it STILL won't let me online. Anyone else getting this problem?

TheEvilJester:
Ok I just updated and it STILL won't let me online. Anyone else getting this problem?

NONE of the states are lit up yet. READ THE ARTICLE.

"Sony has made a restoration map available here so that U.S. customers can see when the PSN is back up in their state. The service may not be up for everyone quite yet, but it should be very soon."

Patience.

Hm I can't get on the PSN from my PSP :/

Digikid:

TheEvilJester:
Ok I just updated and it STILL won't let me online. Anyone else getting this problem?

NONE of the states are lit up yet. READ THE ARTICLE.

Patience.

Alright, fair point.

for those who say tl;dr here's the short version:
PSN is being updated and not back online, if you want PSN back online you must wait

anyway, FINALLY! I can sync my trophies with my Steam account and be cool!

What about us Canadians though!

icyneesan:
What about us Canadians though!

Canadians? Aren't those just like more northern Americans? :P

okay I have one thing to say ...

YYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!

The stuff you get for MTG:Tactix is actually rather nice... and I got double the SC due to them giving 500 to Pox Nora too.

I must now celebrate this situation in the way that is appropriate for my people *plays the ewok yub nub song*

Ok I'm taking bets on how long until it crashes again.

I got 3:1 on next month

5:1 on two months

10:1 on three months

100:1 on lasts the year

and 5,657,986:1 for William De Foe related crashing.

Fingers crossed that this doesn't have ramifications that are too far-reaching.

*does the happy "OMG it's actually coming back" dance*

Netflix worked without PSN being up lol

Almost there PSN! Might as well get the update now then. Download...AWAAAAY!

Wait a second. What about the psp people who don't own a ps3? Do we just sign onto playstation network? I'm kinda confused sorry....

Could his office look any MORE like a set from robocop?

Anyone else find his voice really soothing and reassuring?

Veldie:
Netflix worked without PSN being up lol

Worked for me, too.

Were people actually having issues with that?

SO HAPPY I LIVE IN NY! ITS UP!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Oh look. The New York section is first to come up. Why am I not surprised? Considering they and California are the only states that actually matter.

Yay! I've been itching to play some AssCreed online.
Though I would like some specifications for Canada. Like, are we going to get our service back before, after, or at the same time as the US?

At laaaaaaast! After 10,000 years, it's back! TIME TO CONQUER EARTH!

Or try Two Worlds 2 co-op. Whatever.

Onyx Oblivion:
At laaaaaaast! After 10,000 years, it's back! TIME TO CONQUER EARTH!

Or try Two Worlds 2 co-op. Whatever.

I should play that, ever since I got to marshlands grind I haven't played it much.

um... i think their website is down...

Back online. My Japanese account is still dead though. Guess they fixed the US servers first.

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