Sony announced today that the PlayStation Network will be back online this week. Restoring the network will done in phases, and once your region is green-lit for the resurrection you’ll be met with a forced firmware update on your PS3, where you’ll be prompted to change your password before accessing the PlayStation Network. Online play will be returning, as well as PlayStation Home access, friends list, and chat features. What you won’t be seeing returning right away is the PlayStation Store, which is scheduled for return later this month.
Welcoming gamers back, Sony will be offering a customer appreciation program where you’ll get access to the PlayStation Plus subscription based service for 30 days. Alongside the trial access, Sony will be offering selected PlayStation content, downloadable for free.
In the press conference that Sony held on the recent privacy breach, Kaz Hirai covered the revamped security of the network. A new security position has been created to monitor customer accounts to make sure that nothing like this happens again in the future. This Chief Information Security Officer will work with new security measures that include automated software monitoring to defend against future attacks on the service as well as a complete data center transition.