After more than a month of waiting, the PlayStation Store is once again restored- taken down in the aftermath of an external intrusion that took place April 20th, 2011. Although the store is back up, some people might have a hard time trying to get in due to the high amount of users attempting to access the store immediately upon it’s relaunch.
In addition, Sony’s promised Welcome Back package is notably MIA- supposedly in the final stages of testing but available for all to enjoy soon enough. For a brief reminder of what that package curtails, we have an article detailing it here.
The next PlayStation Store and PlayStation Plus update will be this Friday, June 3, and then we will roll right into some special publishes starting next week for E3 (so be sure to check back daily!), says PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen.
My money’s riding that the update coming tomorrow will be the one that includes the Welcome Back bonuses, or at least prepare for the offer. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep updating on any new developments.
It looks like the PSN outage saga is beginning its long descent into obscurity, and I’ll bet Sony wants it that way- between the digital equivalent of a smash and grab and over a month of bad publicity, the tech giant has to be reeling from the damage.
Be sure to check out the source link, as it includes an expansive list of new content in the store that covers everything that missed its intended release due to the outage.
(Source: PlayStation Blog)
Sony announced today that Sony Network Entertainment International, at the end of the week, will restore all PlayStation services to various countries. Including the Americas, Asia excluding Japan, Europe/PAL areas, Hong Kong and South Korea. Details for Japan will be released when they are available.
“The full restoration of PlayStation Network as well as part of services to become available on Qriocity will include:
• Full functionality on PlayStation®Store
• In-game commerce
• Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
• Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and
• Full functionality on Media Go”
So far Sony has had a bunch of dates for the full services to come back online, but they postpone it to tweak something. So is Sony going to own up to it, and actually reveal the last bits of the network that is down?
“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”
We’ll keep tabs on Sony’s blog and update on any information we find.
(Source: Playstation Blog)
Eurogamer.net received information from a trusted source that as early as October a 250GB PS3 may be on the market in Europe. In the UK it will be bundled with either Uncharted 2, Assassins Creed II, or Gran Turismo 5 and will cost £299.99. Due to the separate release dates of each game, bundles may arrive at separate times. Spain will be receiving a FIFA 10 bundle for €350.
Sony has yet to officially announce anything related to the 250GB PS3 slim so at this time its still considered a rumor, but it looks likely that this information is most likely true.