May 16, 2011

Sony PlayStation Network Going Back Online

After three weeks, Sony finally announces the PlayStation 3's online service is being restored; Sony Online Entertainment also coming back.

For fans of Sony Online Entertainment's dormant MMORPGs, after 25 days of outage, you're now able to game online. All the company's online games, forums, and related websites have officially begun service restoration. Games such as DC Universe Online, EverQuest and Free Realms should now be playable again.

The PlayStation Store, however, is still inaccessible. Virtual world PlayStation Home is up and running, though.

The company gave a press release with the details as well as a video statement from Sony executive Kazuo Hirai. SOE provided details on its Welcome Back promotion, and this release provides links to a handy chart covering promotions for all of the company's games.

Sony boss Kazuo Hirai noted in the video statement that advanced security technology, increased levels of decryption, additional firewalls, and an early warning detection system have all been put into place to avoid a situation like this again in the future.

"I can't thank you enough for your patience and support during this time," Hirai said. "We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process and are anxious to use their Sony products and services again. I wish we could have restored the network services faster, but these attacks were serious and sophisticated, and it simply took time to install and test the new security measures across our entire system. We felt that we owed it to you to fully verify the security of the networks before restoring our services."

"Our main priority is the safety and security of our customers' personal information. We are making consumer data protection a full-time, company-wide commitment, and have applied enhanced security technologies so that our customers can feel protected and confident about playing our games," Hirai said.

Other available services include the playback of rented videos, Music Unlimited, access to third party services, friends lists, chat functionality and trophy comparisons.

After downloading and installing PlayStation 3 firmware 3.61, all PlayStation Network users are required to change their passwords. Here's how to do it.

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