- Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems, [including] 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
- Friends List
- Chat Functionality
Oh good, Playstation Home. As for the store, Sony wants to make sure all if its security upgrades are in place before bringing it back up; the current estimate is only "later this month."
But what about the presents? As part of a "Welcome Back" Appreciation Program, each Sony territory will be offering different free downloads to customers, with announcements coming "soon." Sony will also be giving users 30 days free to try Playstation Plus, or giving current Playstation Plus subscribers a 30 day extension on their subscription. Qriocity subscribers will also get a 30 day extension.
Sony briefly details their security enhancements, including additional automated software monitoring, enhanced encryption, a whole pile of extra firewalls, and moving to a newly constructed data center, a plan which had already been in the works. Lastly, after the latest system software update forces you to change your password, you'll only be able to make additional changes on the same PS3 system, or via email confirmation.
Does the first stop on the Sony Contrition Tour 2011 leave you feeling safer and satisfied? Any idea what type of free stuff you'd like to see? We probably should keep our heads out of the clouds - free inFamous 2 for everyone! - but after all this it's got to be something good. Unrelated, if you follow the link below, do you think that Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media, should have used a different icon when posting this press release? The Helghast don't exactly suggest humility.
Press Release: Some PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services to be Available This Week [Playstation Blog]