PlayStation Network fully online by end of the week
Published 01/06/2011 | 10:12
Sony’s PlayStation Network will be fully restored by the end of the week after six weeks offline, the company has said.
The PlayStation Network (PSN) has been down since the middle of April, when Sony discovered the service had been attacked by hackers who stole sensitive user data.
Since then the company has been working to ensure that the service is properly secured. The online gaming part of the service was restored two weeks ago but certain features, including the PlayStation Store remained offline.
In a blog post, the company said the remaining services would be back online before the end of the week for customers everywhere except Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.
“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s executive deputy president.
“We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”
When the PlayStation Store is back online, PSN users will be able to claim their Welcome Back package, which includes two free games, and 30-days of free membership to the premium PlayStation Plus service.