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After a long period of downtime due to hacker attacks, Sony has finally managed to start bringing its PlayStation Network services back online. Along with this news, Sony released a short video from company president Kaz Hirai, where he lays out his plan to restore select services in phases. Here’s what will be coming back online:

  • Sign in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services
  • Online gameplay across PS3 and PSP
  • Friends list
  • Chat functionality
  • Trophy comparison
  • PlayStation Home
  • Access to third party services such as Netflix
  • Music Unlimited for current subscribers

It is important to note that both the PlayStation Store and purchasing in Qriocity were not included in this phase.

When PlayStation 3 owners log back onto the PSN, they will be prompted to update their firmware to version 3.61. This update requires users to then update their passwords. The thing is, the password update will only be possible on a PS3 that was used to activate your PSN account.

During the video, Hirai apologised for this whole ordeal, reassuring customers that Sony is committed to restoring lost faith. Hirai also outlined some of the security upgrades made to the PlayStation Network:

  • Advanced security technology
  • Increased levels of encryption
  • Additional firewalls
  • An early warning detection system looking for any signal of an attack on the system

What do you guys think about this? Does this restore your faith in Sony? Let us know what you think with a comment below.


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