A great tragedy befell PlayStation 3 owners over the last week or so. The PSN servers went out unexpectedly. We then found out the network was hacked into, and all our account information was stolen — usernames, passwords, the lot. Credit card information too, but Sony has said that was under heavy encryption. That’s 235,209 kiwi gamers affected. 

Sony are planning on rolling out PSN over the month of May, along with improved security. The initial rollout of services is posted after the break. No PlayStation Store mentioned there however, so it looks like we may have to wait a bit longer for that. It’s certainly not a good time for developers to release PSN games

As part of their “Welcome Back” program, Sony are offering unspecified free PlayStation content. Each region will announce specifics. All PSN members will also receive 30 free days for Qriocity (Sony’s music service), and PlayStation Plus. It’s a good move on Sony’s part, though expected, after all the trouble that’s been caused.

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
    -This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • 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
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

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