Sony has put out a press release stating that they are fully restoring all PlayStation Network serivces, including Qriocity and the PlayStation Store, sometime this week in a post on their blog. The services will go back online in every country that supports their services except Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Japanese services are being delayed while Sony works out the details with consumer protection agencies.
The full list of services going up, according to the press release, includes the following:
* 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 had set a goal of getting their service up by the end of May. As today is the 31st, it looks like Sony will barely miss this goal.
Analysis: There’s something interesting to note here: a group calling themselves LulzSec have promised more attacks against Sony, and even said recently that they’re making off with data “right now”, via a tweet eight hours ago. This is the group who has taken responsibility for the attacks against Sony in Japan. Unlike a portion of Anonymous, LulzSec makes no bones about what their main motivation is: they’re in this for shits and giggles. If Anonymous could be seen as a digital evolution of Robin Hood, LulzSec is that asshole kid in the back of the class throwing spitballs and pantsing you in front of the girl you want to ask to the dance.
With enemies like this against Sony – some for no other reason than because they can – it will be interesting to see just how the new network stands up to what is sure to be a massive bullseye.
My advice? If your current credit card is in the system, take it out the moment it’s up. If not, stick to making any purchases from prepaid PSN cards. Let’s make sure this house of cards Sony’s building can stand up to some wind before we start putting furniture in.