Playstation Store to finally be restored in Japan July 6

Well over two months after the cyber attacks that caused Sony to shut down the Playstation Network, the online service will finally be fully restored in Japan later this week. According to a story on Andriasang, Sony has announced to its Japanese Playstation Network users that the online Playstation Store will be back online on Wednesday, July 6. That will also include access to the Qriocity online music service.

That means that Japanese Playstation 3 and PSP owners will finally be able to download demos, purchase and download full games and DLC packs and more from the Playstation Store for the first time since April 20 when cyber attacks made Sony shut down the Playstation Network for all its users. Some Playstation Network services, including multiplayer gaming, was restored in the US and other parts of the world in mid-May and the Playstation Store was restored a few weeks later. However concerns from Japan's government and its credit card companies reportedly kept the Playstation Store offline in that country until certain security assurances were met.

With the restoration of the Playstation Store in Japan on July 6 this means that all services and features of Sony's Playstation Network will be fully restored in all of the territories that are served by the Playstation Network. There's no word yet if Sony will offer a "Welcome Back" promotion to its Japanese customers. In the US and Europe, the Welcome Back promotion has just concluded which gave PS3 and PSP owners access to two free games for each console as well as other free promotions.

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