After repeatedly telling anyone who would listen that the PSN would be “fully restored” by the end of May, Sony has, once again, changed its tune. In an official statement, the electronics giant assured users that all PSN services will return buy the week’s end in the following regions: the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Additionally, the Qriocity ‘Music Unlimited’ service will also be up and running by 6/4. Details about the Asian countries not going back online this week will be come out as soon as Sony figures out what the hell they’re doing over there.
The firm once again made mention of the increased security measures and payment testing that they’ve implemented in order to get to this point. They also let us know that the first phase of restoration began back on May 15th, but we already knew that. Thanks for the reminder, Sony! Anyways, here’s the returning features that you’ve all been [im]patiently waiting for:
- Full functionality on PlayStation Store
- In-game commerce
- Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
- Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs
- Full functionality on Media Go
Sony also alluded to the “Welcome Back” program that you’ve no doubt heard of by now. Expect the logistical details to be forthcoming shortly after the restoration. Finally, the company says that you can go ahead and start downloading games and videos again from the PSN. Well go on, get to it; somebody has to fund all those free game downloads that Sony owes the MTB staff.
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