Sony is telling everyone that the Playstation Network should be seeing functionality return within the week for certain services. They will be implementing a phased roll out during the first week in May. In a post on the Playstation blog they announced that we will see a return of during the initial phase.
- Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) 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
- Friends List
- Chat Functionality
This means that we will have most of the heavily used functions (and also Playstation Home) once again available to us very shortly. Also We are seeing some new security measures from Playstation including some new firewalls, automated software detection, and beefed up data protection and encryption.
But this isn’t going to be enough to bring back a once loyal fanbase who feels as though their loyalty and trust has been shattered. Sony knows this very well and knows that it’s going to take more than a simple “We think we fixed it” to make amends. To help make things better Playstation is also showing a little peace offering in terms of free stuff. Since we all love free stuff here is a small bit if what you will be able to get with the roll out:
- 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.
So the good news is that you’ll get 30 free days of Playstation Plus and Music Unlimited. Whether or not this is an effective traffic generator remains to be seen, but it is a step in the right direction. They have also planned to roll out more “Welcome Back” offerings in the future, but what those are most likely depend on how what the needs of the users will be.
The question remains what will help bring you back to the Playstation Network? Is there even anything that can be done to help bring you back? Are you like a cheated lover who will not be swayed by paltry trinkets or will this help bring you back?
(Update: 2:40:00 EST 5-2-2011) Sony has stated that while there was an outside intrusion there was (to their knowledge) no truth to the rumor that credit card information has been used in any fraudulent manner. This means that a big portion of the Playstation hacking fears may in fact be unfounded. This alleviates a big chunk of the fear for a large portion of the PSN fanbase. Either way if this was your big anger point it seems you may have less to worry about.