The PlayStation Network is coming back online today. However, it will not be fully functioning until the end of the month.
That’s according to a new statement from Sony, who announced that restoration of the PSN and Qriosity services would begin today in phased stages.
This will occur on a country-by-country basis across the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East.
According to the statements, the first phase of restored services for these countries and regions will include:
- Sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
- Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
- Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
- Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and MLB.tv
- ‘Friends’ category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
- PlayStation Home
Sony have also promised new security measures in order to safeguard the PSN against further attacks, with stronger encryption, more firewalls, and better vulnerability testing using third-party security companies.
While that’s good news for PS3 fans, not least some of the rather rabid commentators who flooded to TW when the PSN network was down, there is still little news on what may or may not have been compromised in the original attack.
While the word on the web is that credit card companies have not yet seen any malicious activity they can tie to the PlayStation Network hack attack, Sony does not seem entirely sure about what exact data has been stolen, which remains a little worrying.
Additionally, while no doubt there will be cheers that the process of recovering the PSN has begun today, do not expect it to be running with full functionality.
That means prepare for disappointment if you’re looking to log on for Black Ops today, because Sony have made it clear the restoration process is going to last through until the end of the month.
And once the PSN is back online and running smoothly, no doubt we have yet to see many awkward questions asked of Sony, not least by regulators who now have to sift through the details of what remains a potential privacy timebomb.