After a month long security and PR fiasco following the high-profile hack of their online gaming and content distribution system, Sony’s PlayStation Network will finally be back to full health by the end of this week, with the PlayStation Store being switched back on.
Or at least that’s the case if you live in the USA, UK and wider Europe. Residents of Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea and a few other Asian territories will have to wait a little bit longer to spend their hard earned cash in Sony’s gaming store. That is if they miraculously have any faith left in Sony’s wobbly security systems to input their credit card details anyway.
The precise details of what features will be missing in those Asian territories is yet to be revealed, with Sony stating that “details […] will be announced as they become available.”
For those worrying that a repeat of the April security breach (which saw hackers make off with millions of PSN user’s card details and personal data) could be possible again, Sony promise that they have “implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions.”
Sony have also promised that returning gamers will recieve “Welcome Back” gift packages, including two free games and free trials of Sony services for the trouble caused over the past few weeks.