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Sony: PlayStation Network will be fully restored this week

PlayStation Store and all, the PlayStation Network is set to be fully restored by the end of this week, Sony has said. This time, it seems the company actually means it.

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The PlayStation Network, Sony's online service for PlayStation 3 and PSP, is due to finally be fully restored this week, over a month after it was hacked and taken offline. While this certainly isn't the first time Sony has made promises regarding the return of PSN, this time it's confident enough to issue a proper flashy press release and everything.

This will see the PlayStation Store return at long last, along with the usual PSN functionality and certain parts of the Qriocity music service. It won't happen quite everywhere, though; Sony says "the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea" can expect their service by the end of the week.

To say sorry for all the troubles, Sony's offering users a "Welcome Back" pack with two free games from a selection including inFamous and LittleBigPlanet, 30 free days of PlayStation Plus membership, and other gubbins. You can also sign up for a free year of identity theft protection, to make up for unsavoury types making off with your personal details in the hack.

The PSN was partially restored in mid-May, bringing back online multiplayer, friends lists, PlayStation Home and other features--but, crucially, no PlayStation Store. As well as obviously meaning you can't buy downloadable games, this also has stopped users from redeeming bonus DLC codes or, as with Mortal Kombat, buying the pass needed for used copies to play online.

Sony had said all throughout May that the PlayStation Network would be fully restored by the end of the month, but last week amended that estimate to include "even if we're late on that, it'll only be by a matter of days." But by the end of this week, definitely, this time, honestly.

"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 Sony executive deputy president Kazuo Hirai in today's announcement. "We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time."

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    May 31, 2011 3:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Sony: PlayStation Network will be fully restored this week.

    PlayStation Store and all, the PlayStation Network is set to be fully restored by the end of this week, Sony has said. This time, it seems the company actually means it.

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      May 31, 2011 3:28 AM

      that welcome back pack is a slap in a face to any heavily invested ps3 owner, they would own all those games worth owning already

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        May 31, 2011 3:53 AM

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        May 31, 2011 3:56 AM

        And they are about to get hacked again. :(

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          May 31, 2011 3:59 AM

          Be funny if it was just the people who signed up for the identity theft protection.

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        May 31, 2011 3:58 AM

        Any heavily invested ps3 owner would likely own any game they give away. What would you suggest they do?

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          May 31, 2011 4:15 AM

          offer credit for NEW UPCOMING games

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            May 31, 2011 5:02 AM

            Yeah, a credit you can use for existing or new games would be nice.

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        May 31, 2011 4:43 AM

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        May 31, 2011 4:47 AM

        While it is good for me (I don't own Infamous), I agree that the games they are offering, most people will already have.

        I think it would have been better if they had let you choose two PSN games of your choice up to a certain value. I probably would have got Stacking or something.

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        May 31, 2011 5:19 AM

        hello fellow slapee

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      May 31, 2011 4:10 AM

      when it supposed came back in may, i couldn't play online then and still cant i tried all sorts of games.. battfield BC2, wwe all stars, skate 3.. none of them :(

      fucking silly..

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      May 31, 2011 4:48 AM

      I've been waiting to snag Tetris for a bit now. Good news I guess.

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      May 31, 2011 6:14 AM

      Alice, you lie so good

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      May 31, 2011 10:53 PM

      Thank you, Now i can finally get my hands off my wang and on sum Outland. I cant wait.

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