We’ve been keeping you in touch with all the latest developments about the hacking of the Sony PSN and subsequent outage and know from comments to our many articles how many of you are alarmed and also angry about the lack of information regarding when the service might resume. We have news today though from a Sony statement, which says that the PSN will be coming back to Japan in phases and that final testing is taking place now.
Earlier today we told how the PlayStation Network was not back online yet and asked, when it was restored if you would go back, which prompted a huge response. We then told how apparently the Sony PSN outage was leading to a rise in used PS3’s for sale. The last update on the Sony PlayStation blog gave a restoration timeline but was very vague on specifics but today we have heard a little more about the restoration of the network.
Although there is no further information yet from Sony for other countries, Sony Japan has issued a new status report today, according to Matt Furtado over on Examiner. This at least will give those in other areas some hope of the service being resumed soon, although it points to the fact that Japan could see the restoration of service first. Sony Japan says that testing of the new security system is now in the final stages and that the company hopes the PSN will be back online “as soon as possible.” Once they are sure it can withstand future attacks they will re-launch the service. Internal tests using games are taking place, which could signify that Sony is much closer to a relaunch.
Part of the statement regarding the restart of the service says, “this phase will be conducted in phases at regional level to ensure the safety of our customers.” Later the statement adds, “To ensure the safety of all of you, it took a while longer, and ask humbly thank you for your understanding.” You can read the statement in full at the Examiner link above. You may also be interested in reading how at least one company is backing Sony’s PSN to bounce back after the outage and that’s Sega, who refer to the incident simply as a “blip,” according to Tom Pakinkis on CVG.
We know though that many PS3 gaming enthusiasts are very frustrated by this ongoing situation although hopefully we are seeing the beginning of the end at least, and full restoration of the PSN is on its way. Are you reassured by this latest Sony statement or maybe you feel that there’s not enough detailed information being supplied from the giant company? We’d like to know how you feel so let us have your comments on this.