Looks like Sony have finally decided that it's time to bring the Playstation Network back online after being compromised
a fortnight ago by external parties. Announced today on the Sony Europe Blog
were plans by the company detailing how the free online network will be bought back up and what steps are being taken to prevent this kind of thing happening again.
Tokyo, May 1, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity™ services
The initial phase of the roll-out will include, but is not limited to, the following:
• Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
• This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
• 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 MediaGo
• Friends List
• Chat Functionality
The new security measures implemented include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
• Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
• Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
• Implementation of additional firewalls
That's not all though! Given that the Playstation Network is a free service, you would almost expect that beyond those who pay for the benefits of the PSN Plus, there wouldn't be any real compensation for the downtime coming. Turns out, that isn't the case:
• Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
• All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
• Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.
Additional “Welcome Back” entertainment and service offerings will be rolled out over the coming weeks as the company returns the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services to the quality standard users have grown to enjoy and strive to exceed those exceptions.
So for the PSN users out there, are the assurances of extra security and some free goodies enough to make you forgive and forget the whole event happened? Or will this whole experience put you off using PSN for anything outside gaming in the future?