Obviously those gamers that solely own a PS3 do, but outside of that does anyone really give a hoot that the PSN is finally coming back online after the new 3.61 firmware is installed? I can honestly say that I don’t, but that’s because I hardly use PSN for online gaming in the first place. The near 4 week outage didn’t hamper my gaming in the slightest, outside of missing some Killzone 3 matches. I’m still bewildered that an attack of this scale was even able to take place on Sony’s online platform, but supposedly with a mandatory firmware patch (step 1 of getting your PS3 back online) your console will be reunited with the Internet and all of the magical things it provides.
Don’t get too excited about this announcement, because depending on the area of the World you’re in you may still not have full functionality restored to your PS3’s online services. Sony is doing a phased roll-out that is starting with the Americas, and then moving onto Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and finally the Middle East. Please note that this initial push to get PSN back up and running won’t provide gamers with the full suite of PSN functionality. The restoration of all PSN features isn’t expected to happen until the end of this month. For now, PS3 gamers can expect the following services to be restored once their part of the World receives the new PS3 firmware.
Initial Batch of PSN Features to be Restored:
- Sign-in for PlayStation®Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
- Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
- Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
- Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and MLB.tv
- ‘Friends’ category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
- PlayStation Home
Sony is making sure to remind gamers that even though parts of the PSN are coming back online it may take some time for some of their services to start functioning again. This is a just the initial phase to get things back to normal, so don’t expect to return to normal PSN functionality right away. I just urge you full on PS3 fanboys to not give Sony a full pardon for their egregious error that caused millions of gamers’ private information to be leaked to the scumbags of the World that have no issue in stealing somebody’s identity. I understand that you love your PS3, and I too feel like it’s a wonderful platform that offers some amazing gaming experiences that can’t be found on any other console, but what has transpired over the past few weeks shouldn’t be completely forgotten now that things are returning to normal.
Parts of PSN Should be Rolled Out To Your State by This Time
Sony will do their best to apologize and trick you into thinking that they truly care about you and your gaming needs, but ultimately they’re just hoping that this debacle hasn’t affected their bottom line too negatively. In fact, Kaz Hirai, SCEA CEO, put out a video (watch below) apologizing for his company’s mistakes to try and butter PS3 gamers up. Don’t buy it! Sony needs to feel a little more pain from its customers before I’ll feel good about their company again. If you own an Xbox 360 try and buy most of the multi-console titles for it if you haven’t already done so.
Let Sony know that you as a gamer have options when it comes to how you enjoy your favorite hobby. I’m glad that things are finally getting worked out, but I don’t want Sony to go unpunished for their crimes against gamer-anity. Unfortunately, I think there’s enough fanboys out there to just gloss over this whole situation as is evident in some of the comments posted on Joystiq’s article about this announcement. I would be excited too if the PS3 was my only console, but from the looks of things most of these gamers are just brushing off the whole meltdown. Maybe I’m not that evolved, but if Xbox Live went down for 3+ weeks I’d be furious, and I wouldn’t be so forgiving. You’ve been urged to teach Sony a lesson with your wallet…
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