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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.

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NEWS | PlayStation Network to go back online on May 3rd (Updated)

I’m sure a lot of you are getting so thirsty in accessing the multiplayer features of your PS3s. Well, here’s a good news. According to the PlayStation Blog, the service will be up and running again starting on May 3rd. Believe it or not, this is official. Hackers of the PlayStation Network (if there really is, how many they are, and what they did with our accounts, we don’t have a clue) still have 3 days to celebrate their selfish masterpiece for hacking the service. Also, Sony promised that they’ll get revenge against them, for their money-sake, and for the PS3 users-sake. Oh God’s sake! Here’s what the news says:

Sony has confirmed that it hopes to restore some fuctionality to the PSN service by next Tuesday in a new statement on the PlayStation Blog.

“Our employees have been working day and night to restore operations as quickly as possible, and we expect to have some services up and running within a week from yesterday. However, we want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure.”

Dated April 27, the update posted by Patrick Seybold (Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media), would put the estimated return date for PSN services as May 3, meaning that the service will have been offline for two weeks.

Although which services will be coming back online next week is unclear, Sony has stated they are working on new security measures for the future, as well as seeking out those responsible for the breach, confirming they “are working closely with a recognized technology security firm in order to find those responsible for this criminal act, no matter where in the world they might be located.”

Source: PlayStation Blog + IGN

If you read it carefully, Sony stated that they’ve been working with a “recognized technology security firm”. That, we don’t know, and I bet it’s a top-secret-Sony thing.

The “project: system rebuild” is almost done, I believe. This crisis has led the service to a backlash. For 2 weeks of “NO PSN”, I bet this is considered to be a good news to PlayStation users. Hopefully, we can trust Sony to permanently secure our accounts forever. Oh, and don’t forget to think of a new password for your account(s), it is necessary to change password once the PSN service is up and running. Feel free to share this article. xoxo

EDIT: It seems like the article’s source, which is IGN, made a big mistake and players worldwide assumed that the service will be back exactly on the 3rd. According to a reliable source, Sony did not mention any exact date, instead, clarified that they only hinted that the service will comeback definitely starting on the 1st week of May 2011. Right now, May 5th, the time I’m writing this revision of this post, there are only a few days left for Sony to keep up with their promise. I, Mistercomputer, hope that it will all turn out well.

EDIT: I’ve seen a lot of people waiting and waiting and losing patience, so here you go, the latest from Sony Japan. 🙂

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