Playstation Network and Sony Online services slowly being restored

After being shut down for over three weeks, Sony is finally starting to restore some services on its online console Playstation Network systems. In a new post on the Playstation Blog site, the company's Playstation PR head Patrick Seybold announced, " ... we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality."

The announcement also came with a video message from Sony Playstation's worldwide head Kazuo Hirai. He announced that services such as online multiplayer, Music Unlimited services and support for third party software like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and others. Playstation Home, chat, trophies and other services are also starting to be restored. The Playstation Store, where gamers can purchase games and download demos and DLC, along with downloadable movies, are still down.

At the time of this news post, services have been restored in just parts of the United States, specifically California and many of the states in the Northeastern part of the country such as New York, Main, Massachusetts, New Jersey and others. Seybold states, "It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates." The Playstation Europe web site has also announced that services are slowly being restored in that part of the world. As we reported earlier, all PSN users must update to the newest Playstation firmware. That update will make players change their passwords before they are allowed to sign onto the PSN network

In addition to the Playstation Network, Sony Online Entertainment has also announced that its MMO game servers are also being restored which means access to nearly all of those MMO games such as the Everquest series, DC Universe Online and others will soon be back online.

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Dermot said,
They will probably test its first day with the labrats of America before they switch on Europe.

The labrats voted. Europe won't be back.

yeah but you can't sign up for a new account...hey Sony, what about us people who joined you despite the outage? do we get spat in the face some more?

neoadorable said,
yeah but you can't sign up for a new account...hey Sony, what about us people who joined you despite the outage? do we get spat in the face some more?

Actually, you can sign up for a new account, but the verification emails aren't going out.

And why would new people get anything? They couldn't sign up during the outage, so they didn't lose anything.

neoadorable said,
yeah but you can't sign up for a new account...hey Sony, what about us people who joined you despite the outage? do we get spat in the face some more?

If you're going to be so idiotic I'm sure there'd be many more people willing to spit in your face.

Updated 3.61 fine for me with no slowdowns. Just waiting for PSN to be fully online again. Still think they delayed PSN restoration for nearly 30 days if not more to make the free month plus subscription more worthwhile to them.

Washington State is back online. Signed in again, immediately took me to a newish window that said my pw was invalid or whatever, and had two inputs for a new pw and it's confirmation. No email, nothing else. Signed into PSN and syncing trophies and updating games now.

hmm free 45 days on all SOE games even if your account wasn't active at the time of the breach. might have to fire up some eq2 and vangaurd.

Soulsiphon said,
Where do you see that at? Through your station subscriptions??

yah, logged in to change my pass. 45 days on everything i own

Windsinger said,
A co-worker offered me his ps3 this week. Should I give PC gaming a backseat and take it?

Hell no.

Hell no is right. Why give PC gaming a backseat? Take it and game on both!

Soulsiphon said,

Hell no is right. Why give PC gaming a backseat? Take it and game on both!

Yea I do both and on Wii. Why would he think he need to baskseat his PC gaming?

Lexcyn said,
There is literally NO INFORMATION about anything on the Playstation Canada website.
I didn't know there was a Candian version. I've always used the American one

Kreuger said,
I didn't know there was a Candian version. I've always used the American one

That's odd it should automatically redirect you...

Can people who are back up comment with your region - or in the thread thats going now - either way. Must...have..information. Washington State here and while Socom site is showing some activity here now, I'm still down and only 3.61'd.

Edit: Looks like Nor-east, and Cali but have heard Wa and Florida, maybe LA starting to come back.

Soulsiphon said,
Can people who are back up comment with your region - or in the thread thats going now - either way. Must...have..information. Washington State here and while Socom site is showing some activity here now, I'm still down and only 3.61'd.

Edit: Looks like Nor-east, and Cali but have heard Wa and Florida, maybe LA starting to come back.

I'm in Lakewood/Tacoma area and I'm still down here.

Derrick Lonnell said,
yesss about time now i can play my games and yes it is on yayyyyy

And yes god dam@#$t, THIS time, Sony promises you a hacker-free experience. Honest!
(lulz)