At a press conference held today in Japan, Sony announced their plans for bringing the PlayStation Network back online, as well as how customers will be compensated for the lengthy downtime. While Sony didn’t give an exact time and date for when we can expect the PSN to be working again, they did say it will come back this week. However, the PS Store will remain down for the time being. We can expect the PS Store to be back online sometime this month.
When Sony flips the switch, here are the features that will be available immediately. The remaining features will be rolled out over time and be dictated by region.
- This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
- Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
- 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
As for compensation, Sony is issuing a “Welcome Back” pack to all PSN users. This pack will include a free 30-day subscription to PlayStation Plus, as well as more free downloadable content to be named later. For the people that already have PS Plus subs, or Qriocity accounts, they will get an extra 30 days added to their subscriptions.
Finally, Sony is taking measures to beef up their network’s security. On top of the mandatory password change required by all users when first booting up the PSN after its return, Sony also plans to do the following:
- 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
So, how does everyone feel about Sony’s compensation plans? Are you satisfied with Sony’s handling of this entire debacle? Sound off in the comments below.