PlayStation Store restoration now due by week's end

Sony pushes May 31 deadline for return of full functionality to PS3, PSP's online store and Qriocity services.

Sony appears to be ready to relaunch the PlayStation Network's online store, but not before at least one more delay. Marking yesterday's Memorial Day, Sony announced that it now expects to relaunch the PlayStation Store in the Americas, Europe, PAL territories, and most of Asia by the end of this week. The company has yet to announce a relaunch date for the store in Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea.

The PS3's online store is now due for relaunch by week's end.

With the return of the PS Store, gamers will have full commerce access to Sony's online platform, allowing them to once again purchase and download games and movies, as well as buy in-game items. PlayStation 3 and PSP owners will also be able to once again redeem vouchers and codes. This aspect of the store had been particularly problematic after the relaunch of online multiplayer, as some Online Pass games such as Codemasters' Dirt 3 could not be activated.

With the relaunch of the PS Store, Sony will also have restored full functionality to Qriocity's Music Unlimited on the PS3, PSP, and PC. However, Sony does not plan to fully restore Qriocity's Video on Demand service or Music Unlimited on Sony's other network-enabled devices. The company plans to provide a follow-up update for these services at a later time.

"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," said Sony Corp. CEO-in-waiting Kazuo Hirai. "We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time."

After a series of incremental delays, Sony said on May 9 that it had set a deadline for full restoration of the PSN and its accompanying services for no later than the end of this month. On May 15, the company restored much of the PSN's functionality, including online gameplay, chat functionality, and access to Home, for most regions.

As of today, the PS Store has been offline for six weeks, following a cyberattack that resulted in the exposure of some 77 million PSN accounts and an additional 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment accounts. This week, Sony Network Entertainment president Tim Schaff is expected to testify before Congress to explain the security breach.

Following the restoration of service to the PS Store, Sony expects to roll out a Welcome Back program, in which PS3 and PSP users will be offered a selection of free games and other perks. Sign-ups have also begun for 12 free months of coverage in Debix's identity-theft protection program.

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Deathstalker83
Deathstalker83

@blakeney Your a funny guy, concidering I have all 3 systems I don't think I'll just be playing a Wii, even if i do trade in my PS3 for credit to use on the new Nintendo system or maybe even some new Xbox 360 games. And if i trade my PS3 in doesn't mean i hate sony. lmao

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

Finallyyy... I've been waiting forever to play SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3 online foreeevverrrr

lifemeister
lifemeister

@CaptainHerlock Exactly! As we are speaking metaphorically, Sony is an important bank that was robbed. You bought their product, you trusted them w/ private info, they took responsibility, robbers exist, PSN gets robbed, Sony apologizes, fixes the problem,...end of story. It's okay to be a little mad at them. To hell with fighting, I'm glad you guys have your PSN back.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@lifemeister If you bothered to use a television for something other than playing video games, you'd be familiar with a program called "the news". If you were familiar with it, you'd know that despite security measures, banks still get robbed quite frequently.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@zzamaro I don't wish to rain on your parade but why should haters give it up? The store never should've been down to begin with. The fact that it took this long should be, in my opinion, reason enough to criticize.

eastwoodmaniac
eastwoodmaniac

Got a cart load of freebies downloading right now!

zzamaro
zzamaro

give it up haters, PS Store is UP! UP!

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

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StingrayX5
StingrayX5

BEFORE the end of the week...take that haters.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

Just hurry the #@$% up, I have the extras for LA Noire I wanna play and not to mention a bunch of quests in Dragon Age I cant do without the store... GRRRrrrrr

sonicoblique101
sonicoblique101

want xenogears and vagrant story and dragons lair and space ace. when will it end sony??? I will really be suprized if it comes back up this week. I'm tired of sony telling us it'll be back on just so its not. I just wish they would be honest with us. If they need more time to fix it they need more time. I just wish they would quit leading us on. Thats irritating me more than anything else.

rockafella06
rockafella06

Sony said it should be back up today, JUNE 2nd. Oh Yeah!!!

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

I hope all of you guys who are complaining know that once it's back up your impatience will probably cause you to all flood the store at once and cause it to crash LOL But seriously, just chill and ask yourselves this question: Would you rather they rush it back broken and/or with holes, or would you rather they bring it back once it's finally fixed? Have no fear, the hour is almost at hand. You will be able to shut yourselves inside and download to your heart's content for the entire weekend, possibly without having to see or deal with another human being in person. All will be right in your world.

pranjalverma14
pranjalverma14

wait..wait..WAIT!!!!!!! how long is Sony gonna make us wait !?!?

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Well I hope they can finally keep their word on this one.

SaleemBlake
SaleemBlake

just want to get ff7,8,9 back and then im gone had it with psn

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

I think instead of giving us games to choose they should give us credit, like 20 bucks to spend on wathever we like. anyway we should be mad with the hackers that did it instead of be pissed of with sony. im not saying sony is right thaking this much time or by giving us average welcome back program but was the hackers that started it all

toasty1979
toasty1979

@blakeney no sweat, I'll take your word for it, because I can't find out what it does lol. Bulletstorm is the one I really want to take for a spin...

blakeney
blakeney

@toasty1979 No, i have the codes too, and am waiting for the store to come up again to use them..... It just looked like you thought it did have an online mode ;)

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

@Philly1UPer gamespot isn't the only place that said it

toasty1979
toasty1979

@Fritzzland The fact that we're all posting on a game forum site about not getting online should tell you all you need to know about our lives!

toasty1979
toasty1979

@blakeney is my code for DL content 'the naked city' and the online 'ask the community' features a fragment of my imagination then?

Chico_Azteca
Chico_Azteca

and they are giving away horrible choices to download for free what a joke let us download anything from our choice

Spacerac
Spacerac

@Hvac0120 We don't have OtherOS anymore because somebody had to be an a-hole and abuse it then brag about it. I understand the reasoning behind it's removal but it's removal was misguided. Understandable, but misguided. However, people are still sore over it and they should get over it, it was a year ago now.

mjtplayer
mjtplayer

"End of the week" in Sony language means "Friday at the earliest"

lifemeister
lifemeister

@Hvac0120 PSN was neither an unhackable network, nor a well-protected network. There, how's that for a sad misunderstanding.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

This still isn't back up? I thought it was supposed to be up like last week or something...

lifemeister
lifemeister

@ydnarrewop I would blame the bully for being a jerk, and the victim for being such a wimp.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

@lifemeister lol I actually knew it was flawed as soon as I posted it. I thought of the bank metaphor immediately, but such is life. But to continue, I suppose even banks get robbed from time to time. Even with state-of-the-art security it can happen. However, my original argument centred around the idea of blaming the victim. I can't blame the victim in any crime. To me it's as simple as that.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@lifemeister You sadly misunderstand network security. It sounds as simple as you describe, but it certainly is not. Sure; the companies could have done better, but it likely not have prevented the hack. There's no such thing as an unhackable network. Just well-protected networks.

lifemeister
lifemeister

@stealth6spy One of the main reasons why screw-ups like this happen is negligence, people not doing their job. They have billions of dollars, I'm sure they could have been one step ahead of these hackers. It turned out to be a small bank with too much to handle; their security was not up to par. They are responsible for their customers' personal information and for not providing the service that it claims to provide. If something gets hacked, it's wack. There is a way to stop hackers, it's called being proactive, always changing, always evolving into something greater. If something is static, passive, reactive, non-adaptive, it's easy to figure out. They didn't have it; that's what happened. A top-notch, constantly-changing security can keep anyone out, unless, perhaps, if it's an inside job. If that is the case, then the PSN is doomed. To be fair and for your sake, let's just say it was bad luck.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Spacerac I don't see how Sony is punishing PS3 owners. Please explain...

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@stealth6spy how can you confirm they are masterminds for hacking an out of date system with no encryption on a vast majority of the data with no firewall? If you've read the articles about this there were major security holes in the PSN so while I respect not anyone could simply hack it I don't see how anyone could call these hackers master minds. Nothing is 100% secure and your correct in stating that but your quick to try and act as if Sony had a formidable defence to the hackers when every article thus far shows they didn't. No firewall, largely unencrypted data (only credit cards data encrypted) and out of date security software. Must have took the CIA to crack this crap.

WintersMidnight
WintersMidnight

@Spacerac Well said, its sad that alot of so called gamers are spoiled these days. Consider us true gamers as that we grew up in an age where our consoles only played games they did not play cds. Ruggernaut is a joke!

godhand2010
godhand2010

it takes forever to get playstation store back. i hope the free games are worth it!

blakeney
blakeney

@toasty1979 LA Noire doesn't have Online.................

blakeney
blakeney

@Deathstalker83 You know the people stuck playing a Wii, pretending that they prefur games on Wii to ps3 or Xbox....? Thats you in a couple of years time!! :P (if you do trade in for credit that is**)

blakeney
blakeney

@Spacerac We were not punished atall..... they actually did something about potential piracy, and us ps3 users just got the raw end of the deal... children and naughty dogs get punished.

stealth6spy
stealth6spy

@lifemeister Yes, but no bank, network or anything in the world for that matter is absolutely secure. Even if it does have all those cameras and motion sensors, there is still those few criminal masterminds who can figure out how to bypass them. The hackers are those masterminds in this case, since it's not like PSN was so easy to hack that anyone could do it. The hackers were just the few that could.

Spacerac
Spacerac

@enoslives7 They sued Geohot for , not for hacking it. They punished PS3 users for Geohot's hacking. Really don't see why people don't get this.

enoslives7
enoslives7

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mjtplayer
mjtplayer

PSN down today for several hours due to maintenance, that's a good sign.

firebladedx
firebladedx

I find a lot of the comments on here pretty funny to say the least. A lot of the rage seems to be "omg sony is such a fail company why is the store not open yet" Which begs the question....if you HATE sony so much, one: Why are you SOOO desperate to give them more money (excluding free content) and if not...well your just a big troll then arnt you.

Deathstalker83
Deathstalker83

I'm going to wait until E3 and if sony screws around enough I'm going to trade my ps3 stuff in for credit and use my credit for this new Nintendo system.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

How many people are still bratty because of the outage? XD Please,get a life,guys!!