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NEWS | Play On – PSN Restoration Begins Now

The Sony PlayStation Blog recently posted a new article about the current status of the PSN service. Oh, and I’m glad that PSN is coming back now. Here’s what it says:

Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks. As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password. Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality.

Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country. The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state. We’ll be updating the map below as service comes online in individual states. It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates. In the meantime, now’s a great time to get your PS3’s firmware updated, which is required to get online.

Notice: If your state is illuminated but your service has not yet been restored, please be patient – it can take a little while for the servers to populate fully.

Posted by Patrick Seybold of The PlayStation Blog

Great. I myself is feeling so excited to play online games again. Even the people in TipidPC PS3 thread became alive again. I hope the restored PSN is no more hackable. Thanks Sony.

|> 소녀시대 (Girls’ Generation) – 훗 (Hoot)

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NEWS | PlayStation 3 mandatory update 3.61

Thanks to a fellow user in TipidPC.com. He hinted where to find a reliable source about the current state and plans for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Network outage this whole week. I was redirected to N4G.com’s page and then there’s the article about the console receiving a mandatory update the moment the online service is up and running. Check out what it says below:

Pause for future measures of service May 1, 2011

“PlayStation Network” and the failure continues, I am sorry indeed.

Today, from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., “PlayStation Network” we have a presentation on current and future support for unauthorized access.
We are committed to improving the capacity and ongoing security management, “PlayStation Network” progressively restart services on a regional basis. The trouble, as we offer special services and appreciation of the user apologize to everybody Sorry for worry.

※ For further information, please see press release here.

We apologize for the inconvenience to everyone, but inconvenience, humbly thank you for your understanding.

Schedule service restart

Phased out according to the schedule below for each region “PlayStation Network” service will resume.
For specific dates, we will guide you turn at this site.

  1. Guide update (today)
  2. Enable password change “PlayStation 3” System Software Update ver.3.61 (soon)
    * At this point, “PlayStation Network” is not yet available.
  3. “PlayStation Network” restart some services (soon)
    Liable for the service will be resumed ※ “will resume soon” PlayStation Network “service / feature” please see.
    Getting signed – will need to change your password.
    – Change the password by performing the procedure, “PlayStation Network” are some of the services can use.
    “PSP” “PlayStation Portable” With regard to the password change, “PlayStation 3” I will guide you through the timing made it possible to change the password.
  4. “PlayStation Network” full resumption of service (in May)

Will resume soon “PlayStation Network” Services / Features

As a first step to resume service in the near future, the following services / functions will resume.
We will soon turn is ready to resume the much more other services (services not be available when the service restart the first phase of the “Note” please check.)

  • “PlayStation Network” to sign
  • Use of online games
  • Account Management
  • Watching video content (only in time of viewing content)
  • Toro Station [Weekly]
  • Ad-hoc Party for “PlayStation Portable” (※)
  • “PlayStation Home” (※)
  • Update data reading trophy (※)
  • Friends list (※)
  • Message (※)
  • AV Chat (※)
  • Text Chat (※)

(※) “PlayStation 3” available only.

Please note:
In the first stage of resumption of service, the following services / functions can not be accepted.
“PlayStation Store” and the feature is not available for settlement.
Features such as purchase items not available in the game.
Download product code and the list is not available.
“PlayStation Network” in the title may cause some problems to use the feature.

Special services are scheduled to resume full

Inconvenience, we will be offering a special service of thanksgiving and apologize to everybody Sorry for the user who worry.
For more information on this issue, we will guide you turn by this site.

  • Free download specific content
  • Flat-rate service package “PlayStation Plus” and offer 30 days free for members and the current 30-day free subscription

«Contact»

Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation ® Network special window
TEL 0120-723-952
10:00 to 19:00 hours

Sony Computer Entertainment PlayStation ® Information Center for general inquiries
TEL 0570-000-929 (PHS, some IP phone 03-3475-7444)
10:00 to 18:00 hours
http://www.jp.playstation.com/support/

source: here + n4g.com

The announcement that includes the notice and plans of Sony for the PlayStation 3 and the service is written in Japanese (translated to English through Google Translate) as an HTML file by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, wherein it clarifies that once the PSN is up, upon user’s login to the PlayStation Network, there will be a prompt that a firmware upgrade to version 3.61 is needed to continue. It even says that these scheduled plans are coming “soon” so we still have to cope up with our own patience. Also, as I’ve reminded you all before, a password change is needed so that we can surely protect our accounts once again.

|> Slipknot – Before I Forget