Last week three top Sony bosses bowed their heads to apologise for the PSN Network being down for so long. They went on to explain the reasoning behind the extended downtime citing security and network checks as the reason for the PSN remaining offline.
They also explained that the Playstation Network and Qriocity services would be restored within a week, a promise backed up days later by Sony CEO Howard Stringer. Despite this the entire network remains offline and new update asking for continued patience and the promise of freebies and gifts has been issued by Sony.
How much longer?
A rep from Sony has been speaking with Bloomberg, he said “The Company is in the process of adopting an improved security system and its plan to restart the services fully by May 31 is unchanged.” Which is a little perplexing when you consider the statements from last week; it’s obviously important that Sony fully updates the network to ensure no details can be stolen in the future. Threats from hacking groups clearly has Sony worried and they will want to make the network as secure as they can before re-launching it because it will undoubtedly be attacked as soon as it goes back online – that’s just the nature of the beast Sony Vs. Hackers has created.
When the Playstation Network is finally restored and full back online Sony is preparing a welcome package that will allow users to download two free online games from a choice of five titles. At this stage its unclear whether this will be offered to every PS owner or those who subscribe to Playstation Plus. Its also unknown how the product rollout will be carried out, can you imagine 77 million people clambering to download their free game as soon as the network is up? We’d expect a phased roll out probably via codes issued by email.