In a press release, and a surprisingly charming video featuring Kaz Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corp., Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network (PSN) and it's music service Qriocity are, largely, back online.
The first phase of the restoration of Sony's online services includes:
- Updating the PS3 to firmware 3.61.
- New password creation and sign-in
- Online gameplay restored for the PS3 and PSP (YES!)
- Playback of rented movies if already rented and in the service time (don't see how this is possible, but they listed it)
- PlayStation Home
- Friends list & PlayStation Trophy comparison
- Chat functionality
- 3rd party services: Hulu Plus, Netflix, MLB.tv, Vudu, etc.
- Qriocity: Music Unlimited
- Increased security measures, network-wide (of course)
No purchasing services, such as the PlayStation Store, for music, video, and games, have been restored as of yet.
Also, Sony restated that they will offer free identity theft monitoring services and insurance for affected customers, as well as a "welcome back" package which will most likely include free PlayStation Plus time and free games.
The rollout of the PSN happened region by region, but it looks like all of us should be up and running, at least the above listed services, now.
It's good to be back!