Sony said last night that they will have restored most of the services in Europe, America and most of Asia by the end of the week. So far they have yet to commit to a timeframe for services to be fixed in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea but that they will provide updates as they get it.
By the end of the week in Europe and America they will have full functionality on the Playstation Store, in game commerce, the ability to redeem vouchers and codes and full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PSP, PS3 and PC's.
Consumers will then get access to the list of ‘freebies' in the welcome back package that was announced a short while ago. These include free games, subscriptions to the Playstation Plus Service and movie rentals. Qriocity music service however will be announced later according to Jeff Rubenstein, Sony's social media manager.
“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 Kazuo Hirai executive deputy president. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”
Sony are keen to reassure customers that they are safer now, and have offered identity theft protection, but unfortunately this only protects American Playstation customers. Hirai wasn't so confident in a recent announcement, saying that “No security system is absolutely foolproof, and changing conditions in the future can make a currently secure environment less secure.”
KitGuru says: all services back up and running soon. It is long overdue for customers.