Sony begins PlayStation Network restoration – completed by end of May

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The plagued PlayStation Network is about to be restored. Sony has announced that it will slowly bringing back the gaming network on a country-by-country basis from today, with all the countries hopefully restored by the end of this month.

“I’d like to send my sincere regret for the inconvenience this incident has caused you, and want to thank you all for the kind patience you’ve shown as we worked through the restoration process,” Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President for Sony, said.

“I can’t thank you enough for your patience and support during this time. We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process and are anxious to use their Sony products and services again.”

The first phase will see the restoration of signing into Qriocity and PlayStation Network, and online gameplay on PS3 and PSP games. In addition, PlayStation Home and access to third-party services are also part of the restoration.The PlayStation Store is a notable exception, which still remains down.

All PS3 users will be asked to change their passwords immediately after upgrading to a new firmware. Users must change their password on the PS3 they were activated on, or via a validated email response, in order to verify you. In addition, Sony will offer identity protection for one year and has confirmed that it will appoint a Chief Information Security Officer.

Restoration of services will be rolled out across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas will be first, though restoration of services in Japan and Asia are yet to be determined.

Hirai’s comments can be found in the video below.