Sony details currently available PSN, Qriocity functions

Company says online gaming for PS3 and PSP, friends functions, Netflix, more now available; missed content en route when PlayStation Store relaunches.

It's been nearly a month since Sony first brought down its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services due to a security breach that exposed confidential information for more than 77 million accounts. The good news is that some of that functionality was restored over the weekend, and Sony today updated the PlayStation Blog with the specifics of what can be expected from the services.

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At the top of most lists for gamers is the ability to engage in online gameplay for PlayStation 3 and PSP titles. PSN and Qriocity users can also now sign in to their accounts, giving them the opportunity to change their login passwords. Sony has previously noted that though these passwords were compromised, they were not stored in a form that could be readily ascertained.

PS3 users can also access their "Friends" lists, opening up chat functionality and trophy comparisons, as well as in-game leaderboards and PlayStation Home access. On the multimedia front, PS3 owners can access Qriocity's Music Unlimited service, as well as partner content from Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and MLB.tv. Video rentals can also be viewed so long as they have not expired.

One notable service that is not yet online is the PlayStation Store. Sony did not indicate when the PS Store would be available. However, the company did say that it plans to release content that had been scheduled to go live during the downtime "by publishing to the PlayStation Store multiple times per week once commerce functionality is restored."

Sony also doesn't plan on skipping out on content for PlayStation Plus subscribers. The company intends to pick up with the release calendar where it left off before the PSN was brought down on April 20.

As for games, Sony provided a minor update on Sucker Punch's Infamous 2 beta, saying that the studio is still considering how to extend and expand the testing phase. Sony also said that it plans to "re-engage fans of SOCOM 4," which was released the same week the PSN was brought down. SOCOM 4 developer Zipper Interactive hopes to announce these plans soon. Treyarch also intends to make up for the missed Call of Duty: Black Ops Double XP weekend.

Lastly, Sony said that it still did not have additional details on the Welcome Back offer or identity-theft protection programs announced by Sony earlier this month.

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94 comments
jpriptor
jpriptor

they say the Plus membership it will pick up where it stop but is that before for after the 30 days free, better be After or we got Screwed.

NEMO_O
NEMO_O

so.. when does playstation store come back?

Manpreer
Manpreer

@the_frozen_soul excatlly dude.... its really pissing off

The_Frozen_Soul
The_Frozen_Soul

still offline... when will psn be OL in the other asian countries???...

riariases
riariases

@worlock77 Man, just give up. That article states that Sony is covering each PSN user for up to $1 000 000.00 (million) just like I said. Where the hell does it say "$10 to $15 a month" like you said? No where, because that's not how insurance works. I never argued the fact that Sony is providing insurance to its users through Debix, I argued the fact of how that insurance works. Or should I say how ALL insurance works. You just added bad conversing/social skills to that list of negative "survival" traits.

jm3811
jm3811

As usual the US lawyers and whingers will go bonkers on the figures.

riariases
riariases

@worlock77 And ontop of all of that, Sony is only offering insurance to PSN users for a year, and only for those who signed up before PSN was hacked. That's not right because every other online service gives life-time insurance on information/identity theft.

riariases
riariases

@worlock77 That's not even what Sony is doing. In terms of theft insurance, they're offering up to $1 000 000.00 (million) per user INCASE of an incident. That's how insurance works. Who in the world actually doesn't know that? Apparently just you. And that's what all online services are offering. Nintendo, Microsoft, eBay, PayPal, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, whatever. They all possess personal information that could be harmful if an outside source obtained that information, and they all offer insurance incase of incidents/intrusions in which personal information would be leaked. Serious, there's no way you're gonna survive in this world if you don't even know how it works.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@GunGriffin It also means a greater gain for the 360 and the the Wii. I doubt Capcom, Square, or EA would ignore an easy to develop for console.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

The big point here is not that Sony blew it we all knew that I'm more concerned about the third party developer fallout from this. CAPCOM is refocusing on PC development in light of losing over 23 million in cash and counting now Sony announces that the PS store will be the last thing they pout up and that means developers have even more time before they start to make their cash back over PSN thats my gripe here. The simple point is that with EA, CAPCOM, and Square Enix all backing off PS3 development and pushing those resources over to PC games instead (good for PC gamers, bad for PS3 gamers) get it? Expect Sony to push heavly for third party developers to stay with them at E3 might take up a total of 35 minutes of their show this year because of this.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@sleepnsurf, army? There is no army. It's me and many of the PSN members that lost 3 weeks of great entertainment by low life scums.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

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worlock77
worlock77

@riariases So Microsoft offers its X-Box Live users ID theft via a service such as Debix to the tune of $10-$15 per month, per user? I find that hard to believe, but feel free to prove otherwise.

riariases
riariases

@worlock77 What Sony is offering in identity theft protection is what Xbox Live (and any online service with any form of your ID) has always been offering. I even had my gamertag stolen along with 500 microsoft points and they got my gamertag back and gave me 2000 free microsoft points. Go read the terms of service, goof.

riariases
riariases

@sashylkina Yeah, it took me over 24 hours to get the e-mail (which it's suppose to take 24 hours maximum). And when I opened up the e-mail to click the link to change my password, Sony's website said the link had expired because they get cancelled after 24 hours. So I tried to log in again and had the e-mail sent again as well. This time it came in like 10 minutes.

littleboomer
littleboomer

Netflix never stopped working, you just had to attempt a sign-in once or twice and it let you use it

sashylkina
sashylkina

2 DAYS AND NO #@$ING EMAIL WITH PASSWORD?????? WHERE THE HELL IS IT???

KennyKB
KennyKB

Last night I attempted to play Mortal Kombat online. Unfortunately, I had not activated the "Online Kombat Kode" in the brief window between the launch of the game and PSN going down. You need PS Store to activate it. There is nothing worse, after finally getting online service back, than seeing your friends playing online while you cannot.

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

better late than never? Would the last PS3 player turn the lights out before he leaves the building please? thank you

Earth11277
Earth11277

it also still offline in Thailand

yamen21
yamen21

@amerdante no its not offline in the middle east. im here in saudi arabia and i opened it yesterday.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Good to see the PSN is back online

newhighscore
newhighscore

feels good to be back on. cant wait for the store to open and collect my "welcome back" come uppins.

IAm_PUFF_FearMe
IAm_PUFF_FearMe

@nissanmaxima There's nothing wrong with the psn except that Sony is dumb and figured they'd just blow off updating security. You can play xbox live all you want and its probably better, but I like my PS3 and Xbox live does cost like $10 a month and if you don't mind paying it that's fine, but don't be dissing my psn.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

psn is wack, like the ps3. psn is free, but it was hacked.

amerdante
amerdante

it still offline in middle east ....... that toooooo baaaaad

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

May 31st is almost here, Sony's servers are almost all up and running

squidracerX
squidracerX

@Ultimate39 - yeah besides this protection (when and if it happens), we are offered some free PSN plus time, and our choice of 2 of the following games: Infamous, Little Big Planet, Dead Nation, Super Star Dust, and Wipeout HD. Plus some free movie rental weekend but who cares about that? Still doesnt make up for our identities being stolen, but it does make up for the downtime in my eyes.

grid_cut
grid_cut

its still offline in Malaysia...sucks alot

shadowwolfz
shadowwolfz

See this is why I never put my credit card online. Every time I think about it i always end up hearing about hackings on the website or program I am about to put my credit card on. Thank god i didn't put it on. I feel sorry for you all that did put your credit card online because you could have been charged alot of money for something that happened online.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'm waiting for my free game(s). *waits patiently*

monson21502
monson21502

netflix has been playable since the 4th night... all u had to do was click it twice and it would go into netflix

nicebai1224
nicebai1224

thats good that they fixed the psn ..urah sony

worlock77
worlock77

@GunGriffin No they don't. They may offer some compensation in the event that your ID gets stolen through their service, but they do not offer active ID theft protection through a service dedicated to such as Sony is offering its customers now.

Ultimate39
Ultimate39

@OmegaGear Is the US getting free games? I heard we were getting a free PS2 trilogy/collection of our choice but that wasn't true.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@Ex-DarkBlade Yea you and what Army?

nrdys
nrdys

So are we gonna download the games off the store or are we gonna get them in a package?

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@GunGriffin Man you do know that id protection is not free there no way in hell any of those company offer lifetime protection. Most start of a $14 a month and thats $168 a year could you image how much lifetime protection would cost for a company for for all there costumers over the life of there systemsAlso SOE is a part of SONY, So why would sony only offer lifetime protection for one part of there company and not the other?

cigocigo
cigocigo

Hell yeah baby, back in the game!!!1!1!!!!one!!!

SoNin360
SoNin360

Wheres mah fr33 st00f!!! Kidding, kidding. It's just nice to see most of the PSN back up. No need for panties to get in bunches because they havn't immediately given out all that free crap. Just be happy you can freaking play online now.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@waleedsmz Had no idea what it was either, perhaps it's a US only service? @Ex-DarkBlade Qriocity sounds a bit s**t if you ask me, why'd I want that when Youtube and the rest of the internet offers it for free?

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@waleedsmz, Qriocity is a steam based music service. The premium price for it is $10 a month where you can hear whatever song you wish.

waleedsmz
waleedsmz

WTH is Qriocity anyways? Am I the only one who had no idea that something called Qriocity existed before this incident?

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Only 1 year of ID theft? Xbox Live, Nintendo online, and even SOE, plus Windows Live all offer life time of the system ID theft protection........ LAME!

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

Sony should post the addresses of the @ssholes who hacked the PSN on the PS blog so we can beat the **** of them.

Zartan3000
Zartan3000

LOL, like in case you had been living under a rock for the last month...I love the understatement of the year in the beginning of this e-mail from Sony. "As you may have heard, PlayStation Network was suspended worldwide on 20 April 2011 following a criminal cyber attack on our servers."

supersackboy23
supersackboy23

I wonder if they know Netflix was always available...