As the Sony PlayStation Network outage rumbles on we’ve been trying to keep you informed with the latest developments, and also speculation, about the situation. Although the service is not back online generally, it seems there may be a good sign today with news that some developers are saying they now have the Sony PSN back.
We know from the huge response to some of our posts, just how many of you are waiting and hoping for the restoration of the Sony PSN and also how frustrated many of you are. In one of our recent posts we gave the news that the PSN will return in phases with final testing now taking place in Japan. We also reported on how some experts are saying the hacking and subsequent outage could have been avoided and then asked if a recent Nintendo 3DS price drop was a sign of Nintendo trying to entice PS3 gamers to them.
Now it seem that some game developers have posted on forums that some of the PSN services on the developer network are back up. The news comes to us from Josh Fernandes of PlayStationLifeStyle who quoted one member of the NeoGAF forum as saying, “PSN was working at my work today, we could play co-op. (Not saying what game, I can’t anyway.) Everybody was clueless but, somehow it was working.” Part of another quote from the forums read, “The internal PSN developer network is online again, at least it seems for some, although things are still a bit shaky at the moment such as lack of new account sign up. Looks like the full network, at least the online play/account part of it, will be back soon.”
Kagar, a NeoGAF moderator also said that other developers had reported that the PSN was up and running for them. As well as this the PlayStation NL official Twitter account confirmed the following, courtesy of Gamers Mint. “@snickel86 at this moment a select group is testing the network . Territories= Japan (Asia), Europe & America.” Fernandes points out that the news that several developers are now testing the network, hopefully means that the service will soon be resumed for everybody.
However, Jason Evangelho over on VideoGameWriters also reports on this news but points out that although the network is back for developers there still appear to be some “serious snags.” Apparently certain parts of the account restoration process are not working although Evangleho points out that the developer network problem may not apply to the public PSN. Overall though, we’d say the restoration of the developers’ PSN network has to be a good sign that normal service may soon resume for everyone, though Sony has a long way to go to reassure its regular gamers and win back trust and loyalty.
We’d like to hear your thoughts about this? Do you feel that news of developers once again having access to the PSN means it will soon be back for all? Are you still remaining loyal to Sony and your PS3 or maybe you’ve just had enough of the uncertainty? Let us know with your comments.