After nearly a whole month of hacker-induced downtime, Sony’s PSN and its associated services are finally back online. After a staggered rollout in North America, Sony confirmed that service would resume for those in Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and South America. South African access to PSN should, likewise, be restored by now.
The company’s also insisted users change their compromised passwords, something made mandatory by the accompanying 3.61 firmware update, which will force users to change their details before being allowed back online.
Sony’s European boss Nick Caplin issued a statement saying “The process has begun and some countries are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach you. In the meantime, now’s a great time to get your PS3â€²s firmware updated and change your password, both of which are required to get online.” SCEE’s Twitter account confirmed the rollout, saying â€œThe phased rollout of certain PSN services has begun and we’ll tweet when each territory goes back online.”
It’s about bloody time, really. PSN went down on April 20 following a series of hacker attacks in which 77 million users’ private information was compromised. The downtime has made it impossible for PS3 gamers to connect to the service, and has prevented them from playing online multiplayer games – like the recently released multiplayer-centric SOCOM 4, Mortal Kombat and Portal 2. Nobody’s quite taken responsibility for the hacks, though it’s largely believed to be the work of of the incohesive hacktivist group Anonymous. Sony has been widely criticised for the breach and its initial lack of transparency regarding the reasons for the PSN’s extended outage.
Sony will attempt to make amends by offering up free games and services as a gesture of good will. With the PSN back up, what – apart from altering your credentials will be your first gaming port of call on the renewed service? Me? I’m aching to get my ass handed to me online in a little Mortal Kombat.
At the moment, I’m still being booted from PSN with that familiar maintenance message, but other locals Â have experienced more success.
Last Updated: May 15, 2011