Playstation Network returns this week

Posted By | On 02nd, May. 2011 Under Industry News, News | Follow This Author @GNReith

Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed it will begin a “phased restoration by region” of the PlayStation Network this week, starting with gaming, music and video services.

Following the recent network intrusions, Sony has said they’ve revamped the PSN’s security for when it re-launches.

The platform holder will also be handing out various gifts and service bonuses to PS3 owners to thank them for their patience.

When PSN returns this week the PS3 will have a forced system software update that will require all registered PlayStation Network users to change their account passwords before being able to sign into the service, Sony says. As an added layer of security, that password can only be changed on the same PS3 in which that account was activated, or through validated email confirmation.

The initial phase of the rollout will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation3 (PS3) and PSP (PlayStationPortable) 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
  • PlayStationHome
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

Sony will continue to verify security for transactions before resuming the PlayStation Store and other Qriocity services this month, it says.

Sony’s new chief information security officer will be responsible for customer data protection and supplement existing information security personnel, the firms says. The new security measures implemented include, but are not limited to (in Sony’s words):

  • 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

Saving the best for last, Sony’s set to roll out free “PlayStation entertainment content” and give PSN customers free PS Plus membership for 30 days. Here are the goods:

  • 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.

“This criminal act against our network had a significant impact not only on our consumers, but our entire industry,” said Sony exec deputy president, Kazuo Hirai. “These illegal attacks obviously highlight the widespread problem with cyber-security. We take the security of our consumers’ information very seriously and are committed to helping our consumers protect their personal data. In addition, the organization has worked around the clock to bring these services back online, and are doing so only after we had verified increased levels of security across our networks.”

“Our global audience of PlayStation Network and Qriocity consumers was disrupted. We have learned lessons along the way about the valued relationship with our consumers, and to that end, we will be launching a customer appreciation program for registered consumers as a way of expressing our gratitude for their loyalty during this network downtime, as we work even harder to restore and regain their trust in us and our services.”

At least they seem like they’re trying to make ammends.

Thanks to CVG for the info.

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