With the online gaming components of the PlayStation Network restored, users of the service are wondering when the PlayStation Store will be back. According to Gamasutra, Sony is telling its development partners that the online marketplace for the PlayStation 3 and PSP will return on May 24, next Tuesday.
The industry site reports the date was revealed in a memo sent out to the aforementioned partners, some of whom have been publicly complaining that the PSN outage is hurting them financially. The memo also reportedly revealed the schedule for updates to the PlayStation Store, which will receive new content twice a week until the marketplace is up to date.
The first PlayStation Store update will apparently be on the day it relaunches, May 24, followed by a second three days later. Respectively, they will add content that was supposed to go live on April 26--one week after the PSN's data security was breached--and on May 3. The second two updates will reportedly occur on May 31 and June 3, and they will add content scheduled to go live the prior three weeks.
The return of the PlayStation Store also means that the 77 million PSN users inconvenienced by the network's nearly three-week outage will be able to digitally download the free games Sony is offering as recompense. Each PSN user will be able to get two PS3 titles and two PSP titles at no charge from a limited list of first-party games. In North America, the PS3 list consists of Dead Nation, Infamous, Little Big Planet, Super Stardust HD, Wipeout HD + Fury. The PSP selection is Little Big Planet (PSP), ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Killzone Liberation.
[UPDATE] After this story was published, US Sony reps offered the following statement: "We've not announced a specific date other than to say we expect to have the service fully restored by end of the month. Anything other than that is purely speculative."