Sony's online service, PlayStation Network, is to finally be restored across Asia this weekend.
From tomorrow, users in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will be able to access parts of Sony's PSN and Qriocity services, including login and password reset, friends lists, online play on both PS3 and PSP, PlayStation Home, and the Torne DVR peripheral's network functionality.
Andriasang reports that Sony has also outlined the details of the Welcome Back programme for Japanese users. PS3 account holders will be offered a choice of two free games from a list including The Last Guy, LocoRoco BuuBuu Cocoreccho, Echochrome, WipeOut HD and Hustler King.
PSP users can choose two from Yuusha No Kuse Ni Namaikida Or2, Minna No Sukkuri, Patapon 2, LittleBigPlanet and LocoRoco Midnight Carnival. As has been the case in other territories, Sony will also give users a free 30-day subscription to the PlayStation Plus service.
Also on offer is a 30-day subscription to Weekly Toro Station, a new "personal space" in PlayStation Home, and free video rentals for all users, with Sony promising further details in due course.
While PSN returned in Europe and the US almost two weeks ago, the service's Japanese return was reportedly held back by regulators who wanted to see more details on the preventative measures Sony was adding to ensure the future security of its service, following the April attack which saw the personal details of 77 million users taken by hackers.