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PlayStation Network: Phased Restoration Starting Soon [Updated]

News; May. 2, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Jason Winstanley
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Update: Sorry, folks! It seems that with Sony Online Entertainment also being hit by the hacking, Sony have put back the service restoration, and are only now starting what seems like a massive internal test of the new security systems put in place. This means that, yet again, we have no ETA for PSN and Qriosity service restoration.

Yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed that a phased restoration of a limited number of PlayStation Network and Qriocity services would start shortly (which we believe could easily start as soon as today).

PlayStation Network

Confirmed features that are set to make a return are:

  • Restoration of online game play across the PlayStation 3 and PSP (PlayStation Portable) systems
    • This includes certain titles, downloadable content and games, which require online verification.
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired movie rentals on PS3, PSP and Media Go
  • PlayStation Home
  • Friends list
  • Chat Functionality

Sony has specifically stated that the features to be restored are not necessarily limited to this list.

In the wake of the security disaster that led to 77 million gamers' personal details being hacked this week, Sony has introduced several new security measures to aid in detecting unauthorized activity. In addition, Sony created the new position of Chief Information Security Officer, reporting directly to Shinji Hasejima, Sony's chief information officer. The position adds new expertise and accountability for customer data protection and will supplement existing security personnel at the corporation.

Sony has also announced an early move to a new data center in a different location. This center has been under development for several months. A system update will also be included in the phased restoration, which will force all current PlayStation Network users to change account passwords before being able to sign back into the network. Users will only be able to change the password on the PS3 with which the account was activated, or through validated email confirmation. We're seeing definite security improvements from Sony.

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