Sony: PSN back this week, users will get gifts

Sony has said that it will get it’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity services back online this week after it turned the service off last month as well as offer a “welcome back” pack, which will include free content.

In the short term, this week we’ll get the first phase of the rollout, say Sony, will include, but is not limited to, the following:

- Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation 3 (PS3) and PSP (PlayStation Portable) systems

- This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games

- Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers

- Access to account management and password reset

- Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo

- PlayStation Home

- Friends List

- Chat Functionality

The new security measures implemented include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks

- Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption

- Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns

- Implementation of additional firewalls

In addition, PS3 will have a forced system software update that will require all registered PlayStation Network users to change their account passwords before being able to sign into the service.

Those new security features also include an added layer of security; that password can only be changed on the same PS3 in which that account was activated, or through validated email confirmation.

Phase two will be the "Welcome Back" program, that will be tailored to specific markets to provide our consumers with a selection of service options and premium content as an expression of the company's appreciation for their patience, support and continued loyalty.

Central components of the "Welcome Back" program will include:

- Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download.  Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.

- All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service. 

- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

- Additional "Welcome Back" entertainment and service offerings will be rolled out over the coming weeks as the company returns the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services to the quality standard users have grown to enjoy and strive to exceed those exceptions.  

Sony has said that it has been working closely with several outside security firms, in an attempt to find out how the service’s security was breached after hackers got access to all 77 million members in the database.

While many will believe that it’s a case of “after the horse has bolted”, Sony has also said that it is creating the position of Chief Information Security Officer, who will directly report to Shinji Hasejima.

Additionally the company also expedited an already planned move of the system to a new data centre in a different location that has been under construction and development for several months.