PSN Currently Being Phased Back Into Service
Kazuo Hirai, Head of Sony Computer Entertainment, has officially annouced that PSN is coming back online in phases. And it’s starting right now!
The process is taking place in a state-by-state basis in the United States and is also going to be rolled out into Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. There is a firmware update that comes along with it and a prompt that forces the user to change their password on the original Playstation 3 that the account is connected to or by email linked to the PSN account.
The functionality of services is limited and includes:
- Sign-in for PlayStation®Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
- Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
- Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
- Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and MLB.tv
- ‘Friends’ category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
- PlayStation Home
There are also promises of “Welcome Back Packages” that includes a variety of content and services. Details of the full packages will be released possibly this week and should be available when the PS Store comes back online.