Sony has at last restored full functionality to its online service, PlayStation Network, with the return of the PlayStation Store.
The download store had been unavailable since April 20, when Sony took PSN offline after noticing an external intrusion on its servers. While certain elements of PSN, including online multiplayer, were restored on May 15, Sony kept the store offline while it tightened up its security systems. Now, six weeks later, that process has been completed.
Writing on the US PlayStation Blog, PlayStation Store director Grace Chen said: "The PlayStation Store is back online and thank you everyone for your patience." Chen also lists a significant content update as Sony begins catching up with all the release dates missed due to the downtime.
However, there's no sign yet of the Welcome Back programme, which offers PS3 and PSP owners two free games from a choice of five. Chen explains that it is in "the final stages of testing" and will be available "very soon."
In response to a comment on the EU PlayStation Blog, SCEE head of communications Nick Caplin explained: "The first thing we need to do is get the store up and live and make sure everything is working fine. Then we will introduce the welcome back content. Won’t be long, I can assure you."
Another content update is planned for tomorrow, with Chen also promising daily additions during E3 next week.
Source: PlayStation Blog