Sony has confirmed that all aspects of its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, including the PlayStation Store, will return this week.
The firm restored some elements of the service on May 15, but its online store and other elements involving customer financial information remained offline while Sony beefed up security. That process has now completed, and Sony’s online services will be back up and running this week worldwide, except for in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.
In a press release Sony confirms that full PS Store functionality, online commerce, voucher and code redemption, the Qriocity music streaming service for PS3 and Media Go will be restored by the end of the week.
Sony’s executive deputy president Kaz Hirai said: "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.
"We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time."
The store’s return – six weeks after Sony first noticed the attack on its network security, which resulted in the personal details of over 100 million users being compromised – will also see the launch of the Welcome Back programme, with account holders offered two free PS3 and PSP games from a choice of five, plus a 30-day membership of the PlayStation Plus subscription service.
Sony declined to specify when services will be restored in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, merely saying details would be announced "as they become available". it has been reported that the Japanese government is holding back PSN’s return until it is satisfied with the additional protection Sony has implemented on its servers.
Source: PlayStation Blog