Contrary to popular opinion, Sony’s PS3 Death Star is now fully operational. That’s what Sony will announce by the end of the week, anyway, after they wrap-up weeks of PlayStation Network outages and limited connectivity by restoring full access to every feature of the PS3’s online service. The full restoration will occur by the end of the week in the Americas, Europe and Asia (excluding Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea). The company will also resume Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs. Details for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea, as well as the remaining services on Qriocity, will be announced as they become available.
Customers can now purchase and download games and video content from the PlayStation Store on PS3 or PSP, and they will have full access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity through PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs. Service restoration of Video on Demand powered by Qriocity and Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for a variety of network-enabled Sony devices will be announced later.
The first phase of PlayStation Network and Qriocity restoration began on May 15 in the Americas and Europe/PAL territories, followed by Japan and Asian countries and regions on May 28, when the company brought partial services back online. With this partial restoration users were able to access to some of the services such as online game play, account management, friend lists and chat functionality. The full restoration of PlayStation Network as well as part of services to become available on Qriocity will include:
- Full functionality on PlayStation Store
- In-game commerce
- Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
- Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs
- Full functionality on Media Go