Sony announced early this morning that as of this week, PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be restored beginning this week on a regional basis with gaming, music and video services.
The company says that it has engaged several security firms about the recent attack on its San Diego, California based data center and has since implemented new security measures to provide greater protection to users.
The initial phase of the rollout will include the following:
Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable
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
- This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
Sony says it has also created a new position within the company for a Chief Information Security Officer to add a new position of expertise on the matter and oversee some new security measures including:
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
Finally as a big “we’re sorry” in their “Welcome Back” plan, Sony will be offering premium content and services for free, including:
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” offerings will be rolled out in the coming weeks according to Sony so stay tuned!